TEDxCapeTown responds to COVID-19

Social distancing, TEDxCapeTown

Following the urgent cabinet meeting where President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation to share the decisions taken  to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa, TEDxCapeTown has decided to cancel the 2020 main event. 


Due to the government declaring a national state of disaster, in terms of the Disaster Management Act, and gatherings of more than 100 people now being prohibited, the team believes that this is the best course of action. 

Given the uncertainty as to when the COVID-19 pandemic will be under control, and the amount of time and resourcing required to plan our main event, it strategically made sense to postpone the event until 2021. 

What’s our team plan?

The Humans Behind TEDxCapeTown are all working remotely during this time to be safe and responsible in light of the President’s address. 

In terms of the impact on our work, we’re not writing 2020 off just yet. Internally, our team will re-evaluate the situation in 60 days and decide on which other events we can put in place to continue sharing ideas worth spreading in 2020. Once we’ve reached a consensus we will communicate this timeously across our social media channels, so keep an eye out from 15 May 2020. 

What about the Speaker pitching process? 

If you’ve been selected to submit at the final pitching sessions, please contact [email protected]. The team has sent out communication regarding next steps, so please do check your SPAM folders in case you’ve not received it. 

A reminder from the TEDxCapeTown team

There is a lot of false information about COVID-19 going around, and the South African National Department of Health has launched a WhatsApp service where news, info, questions and updates regarding COVID-19 is available. Absolutely incredible. Well done to them! 

Click on this link https://wa.me/27600123456?/text=hi. You can also just save the number +27600123456 and message 'hi'. It’s simple from there!

This is not a Whatsapp group and you will not be spammed. It provides you with correct factual information using an interactive menu.

Stay safe, calm, keep a safe distance and wash your hands regularly!