Microsoft founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates has been named as the guest speaker at the 14th Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture taking place on the 17th July at the University of Pretoria’s Mamelodi Campus.

In his talk titled “Living Together”, Gates will highlight 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 in our society by working together.

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.

Speaking to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the former Microsoft bigwig 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.”

As a co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Gates is no stranger to tackling difficult topics, including extreme poverty and the state of healthcare in developing countries.

Just recently as part of his annual letter Gates showed, using good old fashioned arithmetic, how we could rid the world of 36 billion tons of carbon dioxide by working together to find an alternatives to fossil fuels.

[Via – Nelson Mandela Foundation] [Image – CC/BY 2.0 Steve Jurvetson]