Videos 2018

Thabisa Mjo (30)

Thabisa Mjo (30)

Founder and head designer, Mash.T Design Studio

Young designer Thabisa Mjo has a huge success on her hands as the creator of the 2018 Most Beautiful Object in South Africa. The annual award presented by the Design Indaba was won by her enormous light fitting, a stunning 10kg creation that drips from the ceiling in...

Nathaniel Japhta (31)

Nathaniel Japhta (31)

Entrepreneur, mentor and advocate for social change

There have been a number of experiences that defined Nathaniel Japhta’s upbringing and his outlook on life. He came from humble beginnings and was the first in his family to go to university and earn an accounting qualification. Despite being a smart and hardworking...

Saidy Brown (23)

Saidy Brown (23)

Youth advocate, South African Youth Positive (Y+ SA)

When Saidy Brown first found out about her HIV status at 14, she felt confused and ashamed. Growing up in the small town of Itsoseng in the North West, where speaking about sex and HIV is taboo, Brown’s knowledge of the virus was scant. She thought she was surely...

Hleze Kunju (32)

Hleze Kunju (32)

Lecturer, Rhodes University

Struggling because one is not allowed to study in one’s mother tongue is an issue faced by thousands of young South Africans every year. Restricted to using only English when he enrolled at Rhodes University, Hleze Kunju felt like an outsider in his own province —...

Sentebale Makara (32)

Sentebale Makara (32)

Senior associate, Dispute Resolution, Webber Wentzel

Sentebale Makara is an impressive young lawyer with a sterling reputation and career. He started his career at Webber Wentzel as a candidate attorney in 2012 and has, since then, been promoted to senior associate, advocated landmark cases that have developed South...

Nkcubeko Mbambisa (30)

Nkcubeko Mbambisa (30)

Director, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Inc.

At only 30 years old, Nkcubeko Mbambisa is one of the youngest black Africans to hold the position of director of the top law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. His role as director means he is concerned with the continued success and sustenance of the business as a whole:...

Sikelelwa Geya Mdingi (35)

Sikelelwa Geya Mdingi (35)

Manager, Global Health Strategies

An adventurous spirit and no fear of trying something new have guided Sikelelwa Geya Mdingi’s career choices over the past 13 years. She has worked in an array of media roles, starting at the SABC as intern on news and current affairs show Special Assignment. She...

Itumeleng Tsatsi (26)

Itumeleng Tsatsi (26)

Lecturer, Occupational Therapy department, University of the Free State

Growing up with her four siblings in a single-parent home in Lebowakgomo township, north of Polokwane, Itumeleng Tsatsi explored her creative side, making paper gift bags and clothes for dolls, which she sold. She once organised a beauty pageant, collecting R5 from...

Stephanie Redinger (29)

Stephanie Redinger (29)

Occupational therapist, MA student and author

Stephanie Redinger is a postgraduate student studying her master’s in Medical Science in Paediatrics at the University of Witwatersrand. What makes her stand out, however, is that she was the lead author on the publication of a journal article — an outstanding...

Apiwe Hotele (26)

Apiwe Hotele joined the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (Sarao) in 2015 as a junior science processing developer, and is now permanently employed there as a technology commercialisation specialist. Hotele holds a BSc in Computer Science and Biochemistry cum...

Vusani Mandiwana (32)

Vusani Mandiwana (32)

PhD research scientist, CSIR

Vusani Mandiwana was born and raised in the rural village of Ha-Mandiwana, Nzhelele, Limpopo and is a PhD (Pharmaceutics) research candidate as well as being one of the youngest women deputy chairpersons of the Gauteng Alumni Chapter Committee for the University of...

Pule Segale (32)

Pule Segale (32)

Civil engineer and construction site manager, Mainstream Renewable Power

“I get up in the morning because I want to realise my full potential. I am driven to create a legacy that can live beyond my years. I believe in sustainable development and have a strong desire to contribute to the energy sector,” says Pule Segale. Through...

Nompumelelo Ramatsoga (29)

Nompumelelo Ramatsoga (29)

Basketball coach, St Benedict’s College and Business and Community Development associate, Cadre Plan

Nompumelelo Ramatsoga is a former basketball player-turned-coach. Her passion for the game and heart for young people see her as a community development consultant and aspiring sports psychologist who is breaking barriers in the male-dominated arena. Ramatsoga fell in...

Vus’umuzi Phakathi (32)

Vus’umuzi Phakathi (32)

Executive director, Current State Presentations

The idea of poetry being an actual career seems laughable in a country where the vast majority of performing artists are struggling to get by. And poetry is more of a niche market than most. Which means Vus’umuzi Phakathi has set himself a serious challenge in aiming...

Muhammad Taher Khan (34)

Muhammad Taher Khan (34)

Managing director, Zero Point Energy

Saying that Muhammad Taher Khan is an overachiever is simply an understatement. He cut his teeth at Sasol as part of an engineering graduate programme that exposed him to opportunities in solar and the need for organisations that promote entrepreneurship and the...

Siboniso Ernest Thusi (23)

Members of the Fees Must Fall movement are familiar with the dejection and ire that South African students experience at tertiary institutions that fail them. Sboh Thusi is no exception. Hailing from a disadvantaged background, Thusi studied office management and...

Kgothatso Shai (32)

Kgothatso Shai (32)

Acting HOD: Cultural and Political Studies, University of Limpopo

Limpopo born and bred Kgothatso Shai bases his teaching and writing upon what he refers to as the alternative African-centred perspective, to ensure it has positive reflection for Africa in terms of policy theory and practice. As a senior lecturer in political science...

Thabo Ngilande (33)

Thabo Ngilande (33)

General counsel and head of legal, 3M South Africa

Thabo Ngilande is only 33 years old, but he already has numerous degrees to his name. A practising lawyer as the general counsel for a multinational science company, he has degrees in chemistry, law and environmental sciences and is currently studying his PhD in...

Khuraisha Patel (25)

Khuraisha Patel (25)

Legal researcher, Open Secrets

Khuraisha Patel is a human rights lawyer and legal researcher at the nonprofit organisation Open Secrets. Open Secrets is an NGO that uses investigation, strategic litigation and advocacy to promote private sector accountability for human rights violations. Patel...

Sumeya Gasa (25)

Sumeya Gasa (25)

Investigative journalist, Wits Justice Project

Journalist Sumeya Gasa is an expert in the new skills needed to disseminate information in our multimedia world. She combines the arts of writing, documentary filmmaking and researching to create award-winning multimedia news stories. Born in Durban, she moved to...

Julia Turner (31)

Julia Turner (31)

Medical adviser, Right to Care

Julia Turner first thought about becoming a doctor as a teenager when she encountered a man who had been attacked by an elephant during a trip to Zimbabwe. “I desperately wanted to help him but I didn’t know how to,” she says. “I hoped that (by becoming a doctor), the...

Dr Thandeka Ngcobo (25)

Dr Thandeka Ngcobo (25)

Doctor, Mafikeng Provincial Hospital

Dr Thandeka Ngcobo is a medical intern doctor at Mafikeng Provincial Hospital, an executive board member at the Godisanang Youth Empowering Foundation and a corporate affairs officer at Ngcobo Empire. She hails from a small village called Hluthankungu in...

Aviwe Matiwane (31)

Aviwe Matiwane (31)

Research associate, Albany Museum and PhD candidate, Rhodes University

Aviwe Matiwane is an Eastern Cape scientist with a great passion for palaeontology. Registered at Rhodes University as a PhD student in the botany department, she is doing her research at the Albany Museum in Grahamstown on plant fossils of the Permian Period (from...

Yashodani Pillay (28)

Yashodani Pillay (28)

PhD candidate, UKZN

Yashodani Pillay believes in the power of compassion and the constant desire to improve herself and those around her gives her purpose. She defines herself through her connection to others and how they impact each other. This became clear after personal circumstances...