Videos 2018

Nick Mulgrew (28)

Nick Mulgrew (28)

Writer and publisher

Literature in South Africa is an exciting space, but it’s fundamentally broken for several reasons, says author and publisher Nick Mulgrew. Many flaws were caused by apartheid, and others are caused by literary professionals accepting the status quo and not pushing...

Zakhona Ndlovu (33)

Zakhona Ndlovu (33)

Senior manager B-BBEE, MultiChoice South Africa

Zakhona Ndlovu joined the Multichoice Group in 2014 as the group BBBEE senior manager. As the group’s leader for transformation, she also heads the group’s Enterprise and Supplier Development portfolio. She helped develop a number of Enterprise Supplier Development...

Malebo Sephodi (34)

“My work has always been about trying to fight for social justice,” says activist and writer Malebo Sephodi. Her fierceness, proclivity to stand up for what she believes in and grace have earned her the title of “Lioness”, but she describes herself as an African...

Amanda Charles (24)

Amanda Charles (24)

Founder of Ikamva LeAfrika Education Foundation

High school science teacher Amanda Charles has a deep-rooted passion for learning and for helping others to reach beyond their barriers. While studying to become a teacher in the Eastern Cape, Charles investigated the idea of language being a barrier to learning,...

Simphiwe Madlanga (32)

Simphiwe Madlanga (32)

Science communicator

Serial student and proponent of continuous learning, Simphiwe Madlanga believes a great education not only trains the mind but helps people make informed decisions, improving the odds for positive outcomes in their lives. As a geologist working for the National...

Lauren Kohn Goldschmidt (35)

Lauren Kohn Goldschmidt (35)

Senior lecturer at UCT, co-founder and director of SALegalAdvice.com and expert legal consultant

Lauren Kohn Goldschmidt is an admitted attorney, a business owner, a creative thinker and mother of two. She founded a legal advice website and is an expert legal consultant, a PhD candidate at Leiden University and a senior lecturer in public law at UCT. Her...

Boipelo Molwela (27)

Boipelo Molwela (27)

Producer, Audio Militia and founder, Kalakuta Republik

As a producer at the Audio Militia music agency, Boipelo Molwela says she gets paid to think. “Being a producer involves attending briefings, bringing deliverables to fruition and seeing them run wild on television and other platforms,” she says. She’s a qualified...

Ntombenhle Shezi (28)

Ntombenhle Shezi (28)

Assistant editor, ELLE Decoration and ELLE South Africa

As a young girl, Ntombenhle Shezi always had her head stuck in a magazine. Then she started writing letters to the editors, and was thrilled when they got published. Now at 28 she’s the assistant editor of two glossy titles, ELLE South Africa and ELLE Decoration....

Paul Letsatsi Potsane (30)

Paul Letsatsi Potsane (30)

Provincial HIV prevention co-ordinator, Right to Care

During the days of Aids denialism, Paul Letsatsi Potsane watched his aunt suffer with HIV. “Being a black woman with no source of income, she could not access antiretroviral treatment from private pharmacies,” he recalls. To Potsane his aunt represents the thousands...

Tlhologelo Collen Malatji (25)

Tlhologelo Collen Malatji (25)

Convener, ANCYL Ekurhuleni Regional Task Team

Political activist Tlhologelo Collen Malatji has dedicated his time and energy into campaigning for positive change and advancing the cause of those who are marginalised in society, especially the youth. “My background in teenage activism from the age of 12 has really...

Innocentia Mahlangu (28)

Innocentia Mahlangu (28)

Civil engineer and project manager, Hatch Africa

Innocentia Mahlangu is a civil engineer who specialises in the design and implementation of railway infrastructure projects. In an environment dominated by men, she is one of very few female construction managers to have overseen the construction of a...

Takunda Mambo (29)

Takunda Mambo (29)

Research lead, Trustlab Blockchain Innovation Studio

As a research and development lead for Trustlab Blockchain Innovation Studio, Takunda Mambo’s role is centred around addressing the neglect that faces early childhood development (ECD) in South Africa. This done through a Unicef-backed project startup called Amply....

Lungi Ngidi (22)

Lungi Ngidi (22)

Fast bowler, Proteas

The fall of India’s last wicket in Centurion confirmed one of the greatest innings by a South African on Test debut since readmission. Lungi Ngidi took six wickets wickets for only 39 runs to achieve that feat, earning a total match score of 7/90 with an amazing...

Sechaba Gqeba (30)

Sechaba Gqeba (30)

TV presenter

Listeners familiar with the voice of Sechaba Gqeba are enjoying the visuals as well, as this popular radio presenter has now switched over to TV. Gqeba has been hosting the female-friendly show Motswako on SABC 2 since April. “I thoroughly enjoy hosting this talk...

Thulisile Volwana (26)

Thulisile Volwana (26)

Chief operating officer, Tuse

Thulisile Volwana is the co-founder of Tuse — a company that has developed technology to allow people to communicate in places where there is no signal. Innovation and “new ways of improving the way we currently work” are what drives her. Volwana’s company is the...

Michael Marchant (29)

Michael Marchant (29)

Researcher: Investigations and Advocacy, Open Secrets

The private sector’s complicity in human rights violations often go unaccounted for in the broader discourse of corruption and human rights. “It is the possibility to challenge this impunity, and make life a little more uncomfortable for the powerful, that I love...

Dawie Bornman (31)

Dawie Bornman (31)

Senior lecturer, researcher and postgraduate supervisor in the Department of Business Management, University of Pretoria

“Don’t die with your music still inside you” is the motto that motivates Dawie Bornman to “think bigger, and never stop pursuing” his dreams. As senior lecturer, researcher and post-graduate supervisor in the department of business management at the University of...

Taahira Goolam Hoosen (27)

Taahira Goolam Hoosen (27)

Lecturer in health sciences education at the University of Cape Town

Beyond the textbook: teaching and empowering, one person at a time. This is the motto health sciences lecturer Taahira Goolam Hoosen lives and works by, whose calling merges teaching and learning with community development to create positive implications for society....

Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane (26)

Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane (26)

Policy and advocacy fellow, Sonke Gender Justice

Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane just completed his master’s in law from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He earned his LLB from Stellenbosch University in 2013, serving as a tutor and an on-campus residence academic mentor. He made it to Stellenbosch through...

Lusanda Mgoduka (33)

Lusanda Mgoduka (33)

Producer/director, Five Star Media

A dearth of black female role models in the film industry meant Lusanda Mgoduka had to go to Los Angeles to realise what could be achieved. Mgoduka wanted to be a director, but she was afraid that breaking into the field would be impossible, so she majored in...

Andile Mthombeni (25)

Andile Mthombeni (25)

Research co-ordinator at Wits psychology department

“I am an evolving, God-fearing, intellectual young woman, who is a product of mentorship,” says Andile Mthombeni. Her job as a research co-ordinator came about as a result of mentorship. In the second year of her undergraduate degree, Mthombeni attended a psychology...

Sanele Lukhele (26)

Sanele Lukhele (26)

Nurse and lecturer, University of Johannesburg

Nursing is in Sanele Lukhele’s blood. Her grandmother is a retired theatre nurse. One of her aunts is a neonatal critical care nurse specialist and the other is a paediatric nurse. “It therefore did not come as a surprise when I decided that I would like to follow...

Zukiswa Nee-Whang (32)

Zukiswa Nee-Whang (32)

Gauteng provincial campaign director, Democratic Alliance

Zukiswa Nee-Whang began her political career in 2017 as a provincial campaign director for the Democratic Alliance in Gauteng. In addition to that, she also has a passion for early childhood development (ECD), a passion which has driven her to serve as the head of...

Jeshika Ramchund, PrEng (32)

Jeshika Ramchund, PrEng (32)

Senior engineer, Developments, Bosch Projects (Pty) Ltd

Jeshika Ramchund is a professional civil engineer with a BSc in civil engineering from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is a member of the FIDIC (International Federation of Consulting Engineers) Young Professionals Forum (YPF) Steering Committee and is the...

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