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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. 

Neo Mahlangu, 28

Neo Mahlangu, 28

Fine artist and designer
Neo Mahlangu Studio

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...

Lesley Stones | mg.co.za
uNocebo Bucibo, 33

uNocebo Bucibo, 33

Phd Candidate, Lecturer & Photographer
University of Pretoria, Market Photo Workshop & Vega, KJNS STUDIO

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...

Luke Feltham | mg.co.za
Sinethemba Twalo, 35

Sinethemba Twalo, 35

Artist and curator
NGO - Nothing Gets Organised

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...

Zaza Hlalethwa and Bongekile Macupe | mg.co.za
Lesedi Mafura, 25

Lesedi Mafura, 25

Author, poet, performer, radio news anchor and founder of an organisation working with children
Awoke in Words organisation/Sibanye-Stillwater/Merafong FM/Peu Arts foundation

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...

Luke Feltham | mg.co.za
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...

Luke Feltham | mg.co.za
Phumlani Pikoli, 32

Phumlani Pikoli, 32

Multi-disciplinary artist

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...

Lesley Stones | mg.co.za
Ami Faku, 27

Ami Faku, 27

Musician
Vth Season

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...

Lesley Stones | mg.co.za
Nelisiwe Nkosi, 21

Nelisiwe Nkosi, 21

Freelance photographer

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...

Lesley Stones | mg.co.za
Refilwe Nkomo, 35

Refilwe Nkomo, 35

Director, Visual Arts Network of South Africa
Visual Arts Network of South Africa

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...

Luke Feltham | mg.co.za
MoAfrika wa Mokgathi, 32

MoAfrika wa Mokgathi, 32

Co-Founder and director
Hear My Voice

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...

Lesley Stones | mg.co.za
Vuma Ian Levin, 33

Vuma Ian Levin, 33

Guitarist, improvising musician, composer and teacher

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...

Sarah Smit | mg.co.za
Relebogile Mabotja, 34

Relebogile Mabotja, 34

Executive producer

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...

Jabulile Dlamini-Qwesha | mg.co.za
Lehlohonolo Peega, 24

Lehlohonolo Peega, 24

Founder and Principal
Music Is Joy

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,...

Lesley Stones | mg.co.za
Ayesha Mukadam, 32

Ayesha Mukadam, 32

Social designer and storyteller

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...

Scott Dodds | mg.co.za
Manila von Teez, 30

Manila von Teez, 30

Drag artist and designer
Manila von Teez and Haus of Vjorn

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...

Sarah Smit | mg.co.za
Keletso Mopai, 27

Keletso Mopai, 27

Writer
BlackBird Books

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...

Max Dylan Lazarus | mg.co.za