Videos 2018

Kim Buchholtz (35)

Kim Buchholtz (35)

At the age of just 26 Kim Buchholtz started a private physiotherapy practice in Plumstead, Cape Town. She completed a postgraduate certificate in Orthopaedic Manipulative Physiotherapy in the same year, following this up with a Master of Philosophy in Sports...

Saki Annah Mokgadinyane (31)

Saki Annah Mokgadinyane (31)

From a very young age, Annah Mokgadinyane wanted to be involved in government and politics in order to make a meaningful contribution to the development of South Africa. She is the head of the governance, compliance, risk and strategy (GCRS) department of the...

Dr Busisani Lembede (29)

Dr Busisani Lembede (29)

It seems South Africa is packed full of intellectual talent; minds that are set to help change the world for the better and redefine the South African future. One of these minds belongs to Busisani Lembede, a PhD graduate and lecturer with six articles already...

Khanyisile Kgoadi (32)

Khanyisile Kgoadi (32)

Khanyisile Kgoadi wanted to be a medical doctor who finds a cure for HIV because there were, and still are, a lot of people in South Africa affected and infected by it. “I am a very compassionate and empathetic person, and the stigma around HIV, and the narrative...

Neil Thomas Stacey (31)

Neil Thomas Stacey (31)

Neil Thomas Stacey sees his “distrust of authority and semblance of self-reliance” as essential ingredients to his success. “Those are rare traits in academia, and surprisingly valuable,” says the 31-year-old. “Most scientists have a strong herd instinct, so a...

Yusrah Bardien (31)

Yusrah Bardien (31)

The dual focus of Yusrah Bardien’s job is to put more bums on theatre seats and use the arts to help shape a better society. By ensuring young people are spellbound by the magic of the stage, Bardien can help make live shows a viable and thriving business. She...

Matthew Butler-Adam (29)

Matthew Butler-Adam (29)

Matthew Butler-Adam has always had a bias towards broadness. Being the child of teachers meant exposure to a solid work ethic from a young age and that influenced his determination to do well in his own studies, because he wanted to impress his parents. He credits the...

Wandisa Phama (29)

Wandisa Phama (29)

Wandisa Phama has always loved the idea of law. Growing up in the small town of Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape, Phama became frustrated at how rural communities in small towns face lack of access to water, poor schools and high levels of unemployment. She wanted to...

Dr Lisa Otto (30)

Dr Lisa Otto (30)

Working on under-explored issues critical to domestic and global agendas is just part of a normal working day for Dr Lisa Otto. Just 30 and with a doctorate in political studies, Otto is a senior researcher and lecturer of maritime security. With a special interest in...

Tladi Marumo (32)

Tladi Marumo (32)

Tladi Marumo has always been such a force of nature that back in grade seven his peers knew that he would one day become a lawyer committed to social change. At the age of 28 he was awarded the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship and was appointed as a lecturer at Rhodes...

Nicole Loser (30)

Nicole Loser (30)

Considered one of the leading experts in public interest climate law, 30-year-old Nicole Loser was at the forefront of a number of key environmental justice battles. An easy-going person, Loser has a strong sense of justice and was instrumental in the landmark victory...

Zandile Tisani (32)

Zandile Tisani (32)

Filmmaker Zandile Tisani is likely to upset a few people by creating work that examines life from a black female point of view. And she’ll probably be very happy if her movies have you squirming with embarrassment and laughing at the same time. Like her short film...

Michael Van Niekerk (28)

Michael Van Niekerk (28)

Michael van Niekerk is a committed advocate for health in South Africa and globally. He made the decision to become a doctor at a very young age, and by 16 he was an ambulance assistant, an opportunity that allowed him to experience death as a process and therefore...

Fortune Mlungisi Mkhabela, CIA, CCSA (34)

Fortune Mlungisi Mkhabela, CIA, CCSA (34)

Fortune Mkhabela has come a very long way since growing up in Pienaar KaMsogwaba outside Nelspruit. He possesses a wealth of experience across politics, senior management positions and faith-based organisations. He wears many hats: In addition to being the chief risk...

Charles Faul (27)

Charles Faul (27)

What do you get when you cross biotechnology with computer science? Charles Faul, a young entrepreneur, the founder of Akili Labs and NOOTRO and a master’s student at the Biotechnology Innovation Centre at Rhodes University. He built the award-winning FieldLab — a...

Lebogang Mahlare (30)

Lebogang Mahlare (30)

Mpumalanga-born Lebogang Mahlare is passionate about technology and its importance in African development. Her decision to do a master’s in New York was influenced fundamentally by a desire for international exposure. “As South Africans we are underexposed to other...

Neo Hutiri (30)

Neo Hutiri (30)

“Coming from engineering background and having worked in an automation space has definitely influenced the kind of technologies that Technovera has developed,” says Neo Hutiri. “We are constantly asking questions on the role of technology and how it can help us shape...

vangile gantsho (34)

vangile gantsho (34)

Truthful and hard-hitting poet and cultural activist vangile gantsho has participated in poetry events and festivals around Africa and internationally. “I prefer to write my name lower case as part of my small-girl revolution,” she says. She released her debut poetry...

Sibu Mabena (26)

Sibu Mabena (26)

Waiting for her mom to fetch her from school at 5pm each day opened a world of possibilities for Sibu Mabena; she followed her friends to dance class. By age 10 she had already competed in a dance competition in Germany. She later joined dance crews and choreographed...

Farhana Parker (30)

Farhana Parker (30)

Farhana Parker’s qualifications paint a picture of her passion and commitment towards the development of her fellow citizens. Parker is a master’s candidate in Inclusive Innovation at the UCT Graduate School of Business, and holds a social work degree and three...

Metji Makgoba (28)

Metji Makgoba (28)

Metji Makgoba is an educator who seeks to contribute to South Africa’s transformation agenda by helping train the next generation of critical thinkers in intellectual and enterprise skills so they can use their agency to fight for justice in society. Currently on a...

Zakeera Docrat (27)

Zakeera Docrat (27)

Zakeera Docrat is only 27 years old yet she has a list of qualifications and academic achievements that most people only achieve much later in life. She was awarded her African language studies honours degree cum laude in 2014 and received full academic colours. This...

Christine Reddell (30)

Christine Reddell (30)

It is said we do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. As an attorney and acting head of the Corporate Accountability and Transparency Programme at the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), Christine Reddell is a dedicated advocate...

Vian Roos (28)

Vian Roos (28)

Vian Roos was raised in the agricultural town of Bethlehem in the Free State. In 2011 he completed a BA in Graphic Design at The Design School and at the tender age of 24 he was appointed art director at Farmer’s Weekly, South Africa’s oldest magazine, two years after...