Dane Duplessis is based at the port of Cape Town, where he works as a coordinator for the non-profit organisation Biblia, a South African Christian NGO, that inspects boats in an effort to find victims of slave labour. His key responsibility is to create awareness around slave labour among international fisherman that enter the port. “I am passionate about human rights and business governance,” he says.
When Dane was approached to speak at the TEDxCapeTownSalon event he jumped at the opportunity, despite having never spoken at an event like TEDx before. He says that he feels nervous, but is also excited to share his experience and knowledge of the subject.
“Slave labour among fishermen in Cape Town is rife and rampant. Despite this, very few people know about the abuses of human lives in the fishing industry. I feel TEDx would be a perfect platform to shed some light on the severity of the situation and help people realise how prevalent it is.”
Dane says he feels inspired by the people that he meets. “We are all the same, despite race, creed, religion or social status. Fisherman too are human beings. Their lives matter. They deserve to be treated equally. I hope my talk helps rally support and recognition for fishermen. I hope that people will gain insight into the lives of fisherman and the things they endure as they sail the seas.”
We asked Dane a few quirky questions to get to know him better. Read his responses below.
If you had a superpower what would it be?
If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
An Eagle, king of the skies. Flying is a pretty cool superpower too.
If you could time travel, where would you go?
To the beginning.
Which fictional character do you wish you could meet?
If you could sing a duet with anyone, who would it be?
Mmmm… Bob Marley.