Microsoft founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates has been named as the guest speaker at the 14th Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture, which will be held at the University of Pretoria’s Mamelodi Campus on 17 July.
His talk, titled “Living Together”, highlights issues which plague not only South Africa but the rest of the world, such as bringing an end to conflict, intolerance and prejudice, as well as how to improve access to healthcare and education.
Gates will also address how society can reduce both poverty and inequality by working together.
Speaking to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Gates said, “We can help people everywhere live healthier, more productive lives – if we make sure that innovation reaches everyone who needs it. I can’t think of a better forum for discussing these urgent issues than the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture.”
Former speakers at the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture include the likes of former US President Bill Clinton, economist Thomas Piketty and South Africa’s own Archbishop Desmond Tutu.