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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. 

Philani Potwana, 32

Philani Potwana, 32

Chief executive officer
FNB

Philani Potwana is the person to thank for giving people the ability to withdraw money from their bank accounts without using their bank cards. The cashless withdrawal system led to FNB being named the most innovative bank in the world in 2012. Having led the team...

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Hope Ditlhakanyane, 24

Hope Ditlhakanyane, 24

Venture partner
MEST Africa

Hope Ditlhakanyane says she feels strongly about changing the injustices faced by women, both in the workplace and entrepreneurship space. The 24-year-old is a Venture Partner at Mest Africa. Ditlhakanyane says although she sees plenty of talent in her field of...

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Keshin Govender, 35

Keshin Govender, 35

Creative director, head of strategic initiatives
Siemens

His growing list of accomplishments is impressive on its own, but it’s his drive and forward-thinking that make the Berlin-based Keshin Govender stand out. His job as creative director, head of strategic initiatives at the German multinational conglomerate Siemens...

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Koketso Moloko, 35

Koketso Moloko, 35

Farmer
LMC Food Group

The life of a farmer isn’t an easy one, and starting a business comes with its own challenges, but Koketso Moloko has faced adversities head on. Her business, LMC Food Group, is a force of positive change for the rural economy in the Moloto City area near Rustenburg...

Scott Dodds | mg.co.za
Farirai Sanyika, 29

Farirai Sanyika, 29

Founder and director
Gophari

As a chemical engineering graduate, Farirai Sanyika found her success as a travel entrepreneur a surprise — even to herself. But since kicking off the Gophari travel blog in 2017, Sanyika hasn’t looked back. The travel blogger’s post-graduation trip to Mauritius...

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Siyanda Mthethwa, 34

Siyanda Mthethwa, 34

Founder
Kuloola

Siyanda Mthethwa is the founder of a delivery service called Kuloola. The service helps residents to equip themselves with some of the most-needed groceries, such as cleaning supplies and hygiene products. Through his startup, nClude, Mthethwa came up with a mapping...

Fatima Moosa | mg.co.za
Cleo Anastasia Johnson, 28

Cleo Anastasia Johnson, 28

Founder and curator
Nuecleo

Cleo Johnson quit her well-paying 9-to-5 in 2017 to start her hospitality consulting firm, Nuecleo, and has put in the hard work and self care to ensure she hasn’t had to look back since. “Your health is your greatest asset and that includes your mental health. Learn...

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Rod Tshidiso Leshaba, 30

Rod Tshidiso Leshaba, 30

Head: country and sovereign risk
Absa

Being appointed into the National Treasury Graduate Programme at the age of 19 after graduating from a previously disadvantaged university remains one of Rod Tshidiso Leshaba’s proudest moments. Leshaba says it provided him with the opportunity to dispel myths around...

Fatima Moosa | mg.co.za
Katleho Paballo Makupu, 26

Katleho Paballo Makupu, 26

Manager and philanthropist
N/A

Committing to a career early takes courage and hard work. That’s the case for Katleho Paballo Makupu, who applied to study actuarial science without fully knowing what it entailed. Today, she’s a consulting actuary and manager at EY Global Consulting, a technical...

Scott Dodds | mg.co.za
Mamello Matikinca, 32

Mamello Matikinca, 32

Chief economist
First National Bank

When Mamello Matikinca became the chief economist at First National Bank at the age of 29, she became one of the youngest chief economists in South Africa’s history. Now, three years later, and recently appointed as a member of the president’s economic advisory...

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Mahlatse Mashao, 33

Mahlatse Mashao, 33

Owner and founder
Dipalesa Flowas

Starting a business fundamentally requires you to take a chance on yourself, and that’s exactly what Mahlatse Mashao had to do three years ago. It was while she was hospitalised that she found a well of motivation, launching Dipalesa Flowas as soon as she was...

Scott Dodds | mg.co.za
Musa Maluleka, 20

Musa Maluleka, 20

Founder and owner
Disktjie

Disktjie is South African township slang for football. It is also the name for the year old soccer boot brand created by 19-year-old Musa Maluleka. The Pretoria born Maluleka started the brand while completing his final year of high school. He had been raising the...

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Harmony Mothibe, 32

Harmony Mothibe, 32

Founder and operations director
BotsZA

Harmony Mothibe is making waves in the tech field. He is the founder and operations director at research and development company BotsZA. The firm specialises in applications powered by artificial intelligence, machine learning, automation and chatbots. Mothibe says he...

Shaazia Ebrahim | mg.co.za
Olebogeng Sentsho, 33

Olebogeng Sentsho, 33

Chief Executive Officer
Simba Mgodi Mining Incubation Fund

“Had I known that developing a passion would lead to holistic fulfilment, I would have been in the mining industry sooner,” says Olebogeng Sentsho. Sentsho is a mining and energy entrepreneur. She is the Chief Executive Officer at The Simba Mgodi Mining Incubation...

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Mpho Jan Kubeka, 21

Mpho Jan Kubeka, 21

Machine learning engineer and founder
Kube Industries

Modern technology is at a novel point in development, with the now better understood artificial intelligence and machine learning becoming a viable tool for businesses in a variety of industries. 21-year-old Mpho Kubeka is a Machine Learning Engineer and Founder of...

Scott Dodds | mg.co.za
Katlego Letsoalo, 30

Katlego Letsoalo, 30

Monitoring and evaluation specialist
Minerals Council South Africa

The Minerals Council South Africa is a mining industry employers’ organisation, which exists to serve their members and promote their interests, and it’s here that Katlego Letsoalo is using his position as monitoring and evaluation specialist to reshape the perception...

Scott Dodds | mg.co.za
Mpumelelo Mtintso, 31

Mpumelelo Mtintso, 31

Founder, marketing director, cyclist
BOOK IBHONI

Book iBhoni is as good an example as you’ll find of turning one’s passion into a positive enterprise. Mpumelelo Mtintso, its founder and marketing director, developed a savvy and altruistic business model: he offers discounted bicycle tours in exchange for books,...

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Velani Valentine Mboweni, 28

Velani Valentine Mboweni, 28

Entrepreneur, co-founder and chief executive
LÜLA

Velani Mboweni is the co-founder of LULA, a ride-share shuttle service. But now businesses have shut their doors, people have lost their jobs and others have taken salary cuts as a result of Covid-19 regulations to prevent the spread of the disease. Keeping his...

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Zizipho Ntobongwana, 26

Zizipho Ntobongwana, 26

Founder and managing director
Sheba Feminine

The average person who menstruates will spend between R15 000 and R25 000 on sanitary products in their lifetime. And more often than not, those products are harmful effects to a person’s health and the environment. Zizipho Ntobongwana, who has a Bachelor of Social...

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Palesa Moloi, 27

Palesa Moloi, 27

Chief executive officer
ParkUpp

As the chief executive and co-founder of ParkUpp, Palesa Moloi has achieved what many of us have dreamed of — a solution for parking chaos. The service concept is simple — connecting drivers to unused parking spaces in private lots, empty driveways or big corporate...

Max Dylan Lazarus | mg.co.za
Jaryd Hermann, 26

Jaryd Hermann, 26

Founder
WECAST

At just 26, Jaryd Hermann has a lot to be proud of when it comes to his career, but it’s been his ability to harness his self-awareness that’s really led to personal and professional break-throughs. “My proudest moment was when I realised that I was in control of my...

Rosie Goddard | mg.co.za
Mtho Xulu, 33

Mtho Xulu, 33

President
South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Navigating the economic collapse triggered by the Covid-19 lockdown has given the already Mtho Xulu an even greater public role. He’s a high court advocate, the chief executive of JSX Investments, president of the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and a...

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Uzair Essack, 28

Uzair Essack, 28

Managing director and founder
CapeCrops

We’re told that start-ups need to skyrocket to success or risk becoming obsolete, but Uzair Essack has proven that starting small and building up gradually can lead to a bright future. The Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 and Entrepreneur of the Year is the founder of...

Rosie Goddard | mg.co.za
Adam Duxbury, 29

Adam Duxbury, 29

CEO and founder, Chief of Staff
Granadilla, Yoco

Few people ever launch four companies in their entire lives, let alone before the age of 30. Adam Duxbury has achieved that, though, and in widely varied fields. There’s Granadilla Swim, a fashion label; Rooftop on Bree, an event space in Cape Town; and Sunn Kombucha,...

Lesley Stones | mg.co.za
Rajiv Daya, 32

Rajiv Daya, 32

Head of investments
Founders Factory Africa

Rajiv Daya began his career in management consulting and investment banking and expected to move into private equity. However, after turning down a move to London for Nairobi, he decided to focus on access to finance for small to medium-sized enterprises instead. This...

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