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Our Partnership With Nedbank

Nedbank believes in youth innovation, and provides products and services for future-looking approaches to personal finance, entrepreneurship, and the creation of solutions for South African society. As a returning sponsor of Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans, Nedbank is proud to support future leaders, changemakers and innovators. 

Our Partnership With Nedbank

Nedbank believes in youth innovation, and provides products and services for future-looking approaches to personal finance, entrepreneurship, and the creation of solutions for South African society. As a returning sponsor of Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans, Nedbank is proud to support future leaders, changemakers and innovators. 

Our Partnership With Nedbank

Nedbank believes in youth innovation, and provides products and services for future-looking approaches to personal finance, entrepreneurship, and the creation of solutions for South African society. As a returning sponsor of Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans, Nedbank is proud to support future leaders, changemakers and innovators. 

MoAfrika wa Mokgathi, 32

MoAfrika wa Mokgathi, 32

Poet and radio show host MoAfrika wa Mokgathi is the co-founder and director of Hear My Voice. The nonprofit organisation that uses poetry as a catalyst to address social issues. One issue she recently tackled was the lack of income for performing artists during the...

Vuma Ian Levin, 33

Vuma Ian Levin, 33

Vuma Levin has been described as a “virtuoso”. It’s a big designation to live up to, especially at such a young age, but so far the jazz artist has proven critics right. First picking the guitar up at 14, Levin began an artistic journey that has seen him graduating...

Relebogile Mabotja, 34

Relebogile Mabotja, 34

Relebogile Mabotja is a dynamic media personality who’s managed to put various aspects of her talent to the test while staying at the top of her game, throughout her career. The executive producer was introduced to South African screens as an actress; she is now also...

Lehlohonolo Peega, 24

Lehlohonolo Peega, 24

Musician Lehlohonolo Peega has no burning ambition to be a big star. He’d rather make his mark by giving kids in Soweto an opportunity of their own to find their voice through music. Peega (24) is studying for a music degree at Wits University, but he’s a teacher too,...

Neo Mahlangu, 28

Neo Mahlangu, 28

If you’re ever holding a R2 commemorative coin, study at it carefully. It might be the work of Neo Mahlangu, 28, the youngest black woman to have ever designed coins for the South African Mint. This self-employed fine artist designed two coins in 2019 depicting...

uNocebo Bucibo, 33

uNocebo Bucibo, 33

uNocebo Bucibo despises the narrative of the starving artist. Young South Africans, she believes, should not be inhibited by the fear that following their passions may one day leave them destitute. The photographic researcher and lecturer at the Market Photo Workshop...

Sinethemba Twalo, 35

Sinethemba Twalo, 35

Sinethemba Twalo is an artist and curator who is completing a PhD in art history at the University of Johannesburg. In 2014 Twalo was the artist in residency fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany also a graduate of the Master of Public Spheres...

Lesedi Mafura, 25

Lesedi Mafura, 25

When it comes to describing the effect of her work, only Lesedi Mafura herself can quite do it justice: “I want my work to liberate, to set a platform where we tell our African stories without fear of being cast aside or swallowed. I want to see it serving as a badge...

Mutinta Bbenkele Simelane, 27

Mutinta Bbenkele Simelane, 27

Mutinta Simelane knows what it’s like to share a stage with greatness. After all, she performed poetry at the Global Citizen Festival in 2018 — an event where some of the most recognisable faces of the entertainment industry arrived on our shores. Symbolically, this...

Phumlani Pikoli, 32

Phumlani Pikoli, 32

Writer Phumlani Pikoli has ambitions that go beyond being the author of a couple of popular books. He’s shaping himself as a multi-disciplinary artist by working with theatre makers too. Right now he’s best known for his book of short stories, The Fatuous State of...

Ami Faku, 27

Ami Faku, 27

Rising star Ami Faku has a rich, soulful voice that beguilingly draws you in, even if you don’t understand the words. Faku comes from Port Elizabeth and often sings in isiXhosa, but loves to explain the stories behind her music. For her song Inde Lendlela (I’ve come a...

Nelisiwe Nkosi, 21

Nelisiwe Nkosi, 21

After Nelisiwe Nkosi was raped, she was unable to talk about it for months. She silently carried the burden alone and retreated into her mind until the trauma began to break her. When she was raped a second time, she found a way to end her silence and work towards...

Refilwe Nkomo, 35

Refilwe Nkomo, 35

Sometimes life has a funny way of working out when you listen to your intuition and follow your passions. Refilwe Nkomo learned this lesson first-hand and has developed a niche for herself that allows her to do what she loves and satisfy her internal drive to make a...

Ayesha Mukadam, 32

Ayesha Mukadam, 32

Storytellers have the responsibility of documenting and archiving the time in which they and their family have lived, and producing work that has a positive effect on society. Much like Ayesha Mukadam, a social designer and storyteller, who is committed to having an...

Manila von Teez, 30

Manila von Teez, 30

There’s no doubting the impact of drag on popular culture. As an art form, it has spilled into fashion, music, make-up and activism. And Manila von Teez — a drag artist and designer from Elsies Rivier in Cape Town — has claimed her part in this zeitgeist. In 2016, Von...

Keletso Mopai, 27

Keletso Mopai, 27

With the publication of her first book, If You Keep Digging, Keletso Mopai joined the growing ranks of young, local authors winning wide critical acclaim. The book, a collection of short stories set in South Africa, highlights marginalised identities and looks at the...