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Luvuyo Rani, Lukhanyo Neer, Marlon Parker: Educating Africa

  • Bishops School 65 Campground Rd, Rondebosch Cape Town South Africa (map)

Luvuyo Rani, Lukhanyo Neer, Marlon Parker



After a triumphant event in Johannesburg with Sam Paddock, S'onqoba Maseko and Former South African President Thabo Mbeki, Heavy Chef now brings the incendiary topic of education to Cape Town. We have invited three formative individuals who are on the front-lines of education. After a brief stint teaching at Bishops, Luvuyo Rani is now teaching basic computer skills to tens of thousands of Africans through his company Silulo Ulutho. Lukhanyo Neer is the founder of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation Youth Hub, which is driving the convergence of education and the 4th Industrial Revolution in Africa. Then, finally, Marlon Parker is the founder and CEO of RLabs, which has caught the world's attention, teaching over 11m Africans through its innovative approach to embracing technology. Together on stage for the first time, these three pioneers will unpack what it will take to educate the fastest growing population on the planet. This is one of the most important events of the year.


About The Speakers

Lukhanyo Neer

Co-Founder Thabo Mbeki Foundation
Co-founder of In Sole Brands

Lukhanyo Neer is an entrepreneur with a passion for innovation and Africa's development. He is driven by a desire to see Africa developed in his lifetime that has seen him build or help build initiatives that are aimed at addressing Africa's issues and further developing it. Lukhanyo is co-founder of In Sole Brands. In Sole Brands is a Johannesburg-based consumer goods startup targeting beauty and personal care opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa and its mission is to create Africa’s leading beauty and personal care business, providing products and experiences that delight African consumers and satisfy their unique needs. In addition, Lukhanyo is co-founder at Mosaic, a boutique innovation consultancy focused on solving key strategic challenges facing African retailers on issues of growth and strategy. In 2015, he conceptualised and is currently coordinating the operationalisation of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation Youth Hub, a platform formed with the goal of putting African youth at the centre of Africa's renewal and enabling them to work together on solving the political, social and economic challenges that Africa faces.

Luvuyo Rani

CEO Silulo Ulutho

Growing up in a small town in South Africa, Luvuyo received an education in technical skills and business administration. After teaching accounting and entrepreneurship at the high school level, Rani decided to change his career path and focus on increasing access to technology in his hometown. He started by opening an Internet café that also offered computer training and IT support for local citizens. Expanding his services from the Internet café to a full-scale business, Rani and his brother started Silulo Ulutho, selling refurbished computers, providing IT training and writing business profiles and plans for local businesses. Their work addresses the IT skills gap faced in their community with a specific goal to reduce unemployment by creating sustainable job opportunities.

Marlon Parker


Marlon Parker is the founder of Reconstructed Living Labs (RLabs) - a South African social entrepreneur who uses information communications technology (ICT) to empower communities, a WorldEconomic Forum Young Global Leader and named by the Mail and Guardian as 1 of 300 young South Africans you have to take out to lunch. He was elected an Ashoka Fellow in 2014. Parker's work as a social entrepreneur, and in particular his successes with RLabs, has seen Reconstructed Living Labs popping up all over the world in places like Brazil, Namibia, Tanzania, Nigeria and Somalia. The RLabs model has been replicated in 23 countries, it has incubated 22 social enterprises, and employs 80 people – most of them in Cape Town. More than ten million people have accessed support services through RLabs. Parker was named the National LEAD SA Hero of 2015, a Primedia Broadcasting initiative, supported by Independent Newspapers to promote active citizenship. Founded in August 2010, shortly after the historic 2010 Soccer World Cup, Lead SA was born to celebrate the achievements of the country while taking responsibility for its problems and challenges.