Fifteen years of honouring the brightest, dynamic and innovative young South African’s has been a privilege. Every so often these young people take the title of M&G 200 Young to the next level and change the course of history with their bold ideas and courage to step out.

This year the Mail & Guardian has once again gone out to search for these dynamic trailblazers, who will leave an indelible mark on our country and the world. Within a list of over 5 000 nominations we have found 200 individuals who have shown Resilience and Innovation for Excellence against a backdrop of the unique and extraneous economic challenges faced globally due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

After hosting our very first virtual event in 2020, we are proud to bring you an equally exciting chapter for 2021, in an even more engaging virtual event.

It’s not an award as much as it is a mark of distinction for a number of remarkable individuals who have beaten the odds and adapted to the current economic and social challenges as industry leaders in their respective fields.

Under the leadership of renowned educator, former high school teacher and respected 200 Young alumnus Carla Watson, The Jakes Gerwel Fellowship in partnership with the M&G launched the national cohort of leading educators on 6 May 2021.

This distinguished fellowship was launched to build a national community to guide, unite and stand as role models for emerging educators and to amplify their voices in South Africa.

The launch brought together a diverse range of high-impact individuals who have been recognised by the M&G.

These exceptional educators lend their expertise across various learning disciplines from inclusive education at university level to mental health awareness in primary schools. In continuing to amplify their voice, Watson will host a podcast series focusing on these leaders’ achievements in the education sector. This national cohort is positioned to increase representation in educational leadership and is a promising national initiative which, with continued support, will drive change within South Africa’s education landscape.

The M&G seeks to build future cohorts or communities of like-minded young professionals who share the vision to consistently innovate and build a resilient, highly impactful workforce in South Africa.


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