Videos 2018

Jade Bowers (30)

Jade Bowers (30)

Theatre director, producer and designer, UJ and Jade Bowers Design & Management

Helping people to tell their stories and letting them discover hidden talents is what drives Jade Bowers to produce great stage shows. As the production manager for UJ Arts & Culture at the University of Johannesburg she has helped the students to create some...

Kutlwano Hutamo (34)

Kutlwano Hutamo (34)

Director at Washesha Online

Kutlwano Hutamo’s love for learning and education one of the reasons why she is a successful entrepreneur. She has an MBA from GIBS business school, an MSc in veterinary sciences as well as a BSc honours in genetics. However, her path to success has not been an easy...

Ariane Nevin (30)

Ariane Nevin (30)

National prisons specialist, Sonke Gender Justice

For Ariane Nevin, engaging with social justice issues has been a long-standing passion. “I’ve always had a passion for social justice, particularly to address inequality, discrimination and stigma,” she says. Nevin has developed a solid knowledge foundation within the...

Nicole de Wet (34)

Nicole de Wet (34)

HOD and senior lecturer in the Department of Demography & Population Studies, Wits University

Demography lecturer Nicole de Wet teaches a scarce skill to social science students who want to learn statistics and quantitative research methods. “Most of the people in my classes are bachelor of arts students who believe that they need to be super-smart to do...

Deborah Mutemwa (27)

Deborah Mutemwa (27)

Director and co-founder, TumboScott

Deborah Mutemwa is the director and cofounder of an all-black, female- and youth-owned corporate and commercial legal consultancy which provides legal services to companies and individuals with a particular focus on small, medium and micro enterprises. After...

Sarisha Maharaj (34)

Sarisha Maharaj (34)

Associate at International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Sarisha Maharaj works in the Energy and Water Advisory Services team at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector investment arm of the World Bank Group. She works with governments and companies to change policies and laws, improve how firms...

Zoë Brown (28)

Zoë Brown (28)

Presenter on SABC’s Expresso show

Zoë Brown is the shining new star who greets early risers with a sharp and bright smile on SABC’s popular Expresso show. Every weekday morning from 6am, she’s bringing the wake-up vibes to sleepy South Africans. Brown also joins Carl Wastie and Barron Hufkie on the...

Nandipha Magudumana (29)

Nandipha Magudumana (29)

Founder, Optimum Medical Solutions

“If you do what you love you will never have to work a day in your life,” is the saying which inspired Dr Nandipha Magudumana to pursue a career in medical aesthetics. “Medical aesthetics is a career path for people who are truly passionate about what they do, because...

Kgosi Motšoane (29)

Kgosi Motšoane (29)

Strategic partnerships and knowledge generation official, Tisa Divisional Executive Management Unit, Department of Trade and Industry

Kgosi Motšoane is a passionate public servant, working to forge closer ties with the rest of the African continent. He works for Trade and Investment South Africa (Tisa) under the deputy director general. He was part of the founding team for the Trade Invest Africa...

Christine de Kock (25)

Christine de Kock (25)

Artificial Intelligence engineer, Media24

What do you do when you start your career as an Artificial Intelligence (AI) engineer at the Square Kilometre Array (SKA)and do research on the use of AI for astronomical discovery in terabyte scale data? You leave to study an MSc in Artificial Intelligence at the...

Matthew Westaway (26)

Matthew Westaway (26)

Co-founder and chief executive, Voyc.ai

After completing a MSc in Engineering and the Advanced Programme in Design Thinking at the Hasso Plattner Institute at the University of Cape Town, Matthew Westaway is geared towards solution finding. In this world of AI and blockchain technology that few understand,...

Nicholas Tsila (31)

Nicholas Tsila (31)

Explosive researcher, CSIR

“I am an entrepreneur and realist at heart, always looking at how to improve things around me and recognising opportunities they present,” says Nicholas Tsila, explosive researcher for the CSIR. He hails from Kabokweni — a small township near Nelspruit, Mpumalanga —...

Angel Campey (35)

Angel Campey (35)

Stand-up comedian and comedy writer

Comedy is the purest platform for freedom of speech, with comedians given loads of leeway to speak their minds, says Angel Campey. She’s a stand-up comedian, presents a comedy-centric radio show on Smile 90.4FM each Sunday, and is one of the writers for the...

Itumeleng Mothibeli (34)

Itumeleng Mothibeli (34)

Director of Asset Management, Vukile Property Fund

Growing up in eight of the country’s nine provinces has given Itumeleng Mothibeli solid exposure and insight into to all that South Africa has to offer. It was a graduate programme at Old Mutual that introduced him to the world of property, and he has never looked...

Gilbert Pooley (34)

Gilbert Pooley (34)

Managing director, Umuzi

Gilbert Pooley is the managing director of Umuzi in downtown Johannesburg. The academy contributes greatly in providing youngsters a year of training that renders them workplace-ready for jobs in advertising, photography and videography, coding and data analysis....

Nomkhosi Luthuli (28)

Nomkhosi Luthuli (28)

Lecturer, University of KwaZulu-Natal: Graduate School of Business & Leadership

“I am driven by wanting to inspire others and by being impactful. I want to know that through my work, I am really adding value and bringing about change not just to myself, but also to the next person and ultimately, society,” says Nomkhosi Hlengiwe Luthuli, the...

Itumeleng Mukhovha (29)

Itumeleng Mukhovha (29)

Associate, Baker & McKenzie International

Itumeleng Mukhovha is a corporate attorney in Baker & McKenzie International’s mergers and acquisitions practice group in Johannesburg. Her practice areas include mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate reorganisations and restructurings and mining...

Kimon de Greef (30)

Kimon de Greef (30)

Freelance journalist

Kimon de Greef is a freelance journalist who writes stories that situate conservation challenges in their wider social and economic context. In his work, he often tackles difficult topics, deeply probing the crux of the issue at stake. With a particular interest in...

Jessie Zinn (24)

Jessie Zinn (24)

Filmmaker and director

Jessie Zinn was a performance-oriented child who could always be found jumping off tables and chasing butterflies. Cape Town’s Baxter theatre foregrounded her childhood years because as the child of a theatre journalist, she accompanied her mom as she went around...

Nicolette Comley-White (32)

Nicolette Comley-White (32)

Physiotherapy lecturer, Wits University

Nicolette Comley-White was drawn to the health sciences field, even as a child; she has always been fascinated by the idea of helping people to walk again after injury. Not surprisingly, she opted for physiotherapy as a career. She is based at the physiotherapy...

Zuko Ludwe Makaula (29)

Zuko Ludwe Makaula (29)

Assistant director: training logistics at the National School of Government

Zuko Ludwe Makaula is an assistant director in training logistics at the National School of Government (NSG). The NSG’s legal mandate is to provide and facilitate education, training and development in the public service. In his current role, Makaula contributes...

Dr Pradeep Kumar (34)

Dr Pradeep Kumar (34)

Senior lecturer, Wits University

It was while at high school, participating in science fairs and mathematics olympiads that Dr Pradeep Kumar discovered his passions. “One project I clearly remember involved the live food adulteration detection and presentation. I was really fascinated as to how...

Mpho Mtsi (30)

Mpho Mtsi (30)

Analyst, Tamela Holdings

In these times of high unemployment among vulnerable groups, and as migration towards cities intensifies, there are those who see the potential that small business and rural communities can harness through entrepreneurship. Mpho Mtsi is an actuary by profession, with...

Adam Arnold Mkasi, aka Coach Ma-Ada (32)

Adam Arnold Mkasi, aka Coach Ma-Ada (32)

Founder and head coach, Silky Stars Football Academy

Adam Arnold Mkasi (aka Coach Ma-Ada) breathes football. His love for the game sees him sharing his expertise with everyone around him. He uses his passion for developing people through sport to persevere despite the odds against him. Hailing from Ndhambi wa Dzumeri...

A Tribe Called Story (23-26)

A Tribe Called Story (23-26)

Film production company

A Tribe Called Story is a production company started by three filmmakers: Aluta Qupa, Mbalizethu Zulu and Thembalethu Mfebe. They met as interns in M-Net’s Magic in Motion Academy in 2015 and decided to start their own business after participating in a MultiChoice...

Gontse Sekhitla (30)

Gontse Sekhitla (30)

Head of Risk Product Development, Liberty (Corporate)

Gontse Sekhitla believes that every organisation needs an actuary, whether they know it or not. He says it was the best career choice he could have made for himself, because it allows him to understand business through the lens of economics, accounting and statistics....

Lesego Tlhwale (32)

Lesego Tlhwale (32)

Media advocacy officer: Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT)

“The art of communication is the language of leadership.” Author James Humes’s words capture what Lesego Tlhwale has achieved in her life thus far: remarkable leadership through the art of communication. This journalism graduate, who is reading towards a qualification...

Odwa Magabuko (29)

Odwa Magabuko (29)

Intern, SKA/SARAO

“The most amazing thing about robotics is that the only limiting factor for the kids is their imagination,” says Odwa Magabuko, who moved to the Karoo two years ago to start a robotics programme with primary and high school children and their teachers. He obtained a...

Jason Olifant (34)

Jason Olifant (34)

Senior legal counsel, MultiChoice

Jason Olifant works as senior legal counsel at MultiChoice where he oversees the drafting and negotiating of contracts across the entire business. He considers this an exciting part of his daily job, given the volatile nature of the technological sector he’s in. Among...

Zoleka Filander (30)

Zoleka Filander (30)

Offshore benthic ecologist, Department of Environmental Affairs

As a black girl from the rural, landlocked town of Kokstad in KwaZulu-Natal, marine biology was not a career path Zoleka Filander thought she would follow. But she was always interested in science. This love of science led Filander to marine biology and in her work as...