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Lana Crowster, 33

Lana Crowster, 33

The biggest surprise of Lana Crowster’s 20-year plus career as a musician is quite simply that she has a career in an industry that is not often welcoming to women. In 2018 the songwriter, vocalist, educator, band leader and record label owner founded The Lady Day Big...

Tshegofatso Mhlongo, 28

Tshegofatso Mhlongo, 28

Tshegofatso Mhlongo – or Eli Zaelo, as she’s known on stage – is a multilingual singer who performs in English, Mandarin and isiZulu. Her vocal talent has taken her around the world to study at Trinity College London, as well as in the vocal performance department at...

Kat Sekhotho, 30

Kat Sekhotho, 30

Reporter Kat Sekhotho covers a broad range of subjects for radio station Kaya FM 95.9, spanning news, politics, education, crime, health and the arts. She anchors the news sometimes and works with the digital department to capture videos to tell stories online. Her...

Nadia Fisher, 35

Nadia Fisher, 35

Nadia Fisher, known as Nardstar*, is a street artist based in Cape Town who works throughout the country and across the world. “Every time I am invited to paint abroad I am surprised,” she says. Fisher has taken several international residencies and earned a Mbokodo...

Nicole Davy, 27

Nicole Davy, 27

Nicole Davy is a singer, songwriter and activist who is reconnecting with her Cape Town roots through her music. “In my latest EP, We Are Gold, I connect with my musical identity rooted in the ghoema and yaadt sounds of Cape Town,” Davy says. Recently, she...

Ziyaad Plaatjes, 35

Ziyaad Plaatjes, 35

Promoting other companies is iloveza.com cofounder Ziyaad Plaatjes’s mission. He describes his business as a proudly South African online media, marketing and advertising company focusing on local businesses, entrepreneurs, brands and events. He fills iloveza.com with...

Moses Seletiša, 35

Moses Seletiša, 35

Moses Seletiša doubly contemplates his acceptance of an invitation from then-president Kgalema Motlanthe to perform at the official launch of his foundation as both his proudest moment and biggest mistake. It is ill-advised for an artist, he opines, to declare one’s...

Mandisa Ntsinde, 30

Mandisa Ntsinde, 30

Mandisa Ntsinde is excited by the idea of making a difference in people’s lives, and uses her position in the music industry to do so. “What I enjoy about the kind of work that I do is being able to discover and give a voice to up-and-coming artists,” she says. As a...

Karabo Legoabe, 34

Karabo Legoabe, 34

Karabo Legoabe Mtshali is operations manager and producer for the University of Johannesburg (UJ) arts and culture department. Her role involves producing the entire artistic programme including Building Blocks, a programme designed to bolster the capacity and...

Khehla Makgato, 32

Khehla Makgato, 32

Khehla Makgato shares his time between Polokwane and Johannesburg, just as he divides it between creating art and writing about art. A historical awareness of the resilient leadership of black women, and the century-spanning erasure of their tales, is woven into the...

Khotso Mashile, 25

Khotso Mashile, 25

Khotso Mashile, known to her friends and peers as KayDee, is a socially minded creative who uses her art to empower and encourage the youth. She sings, writes and recites poetry, works in PR and has founded an organisation called Perfect Love Publications that seeks...

Brenwin Naidu, 28

Brenwin Naidu, 28

Last year, Brenwin Naidu was the youngest of four South African journalists serving on the World Car Awards jury. This is in addition to accolades including the 2017 Bridgestone Steve Dlamini award for excellence in motoring journalism. These milestones are not...

Lutendo Mugagadeli, 31

Lutendo Mugagadeli, 31

Highlighting and celebrating cultural diversity are among the aims of the multilingual praise singer known as Vendaboy Poet. Lutendo Mugagadeli describes himself as a custodian of Venda heritage, an addict of Venda regalia and a product of poverty. He can recite...

Jacoline Phalane, 30

Jacoline Phalane, 30

Interior designer Jacoline Phalane is aiming to grow her business, Jacoline S Designs, into one of Africa’s largest black-owned interior design companies. Her studio offers product design and project management services across the residential, hospitality and...

Aishah Cassiem, 28

Aishah Cassiem, 28

Investigative journalists are playing a vital role in saving South Africa, so Aishah Cassiem has an exciting career ahead of her. She’s with the special investigations unit at Independent Media, and enjoys her work because she can expose corrupt government officials...

Kabelo Maaka, 26

Kabelo Maaka, 26

Kabelo Maaka is a 26-year-old illustrator, creative director and founder of Cabblow Studios, which she runs with her mother, Tshepo Maaka, the director of business development. As the head of the studio, Maaka wears many hats including administrative tasks and...

Faye Kabali-Kagwa, 29

Faye Kabali-Kagwa, 29

Faye Kabali-Kagwa is the Western Cape coordinator for ASSITEJ South Africa — an organisation providing children with access to the arts by bringing theatre into schools and children to the theatre. Through her work at ASSITEJ, the Rhodes University drama and sociology...

Dali Luthuli, 26

Dali Luthuli, 26

Freestyle performance poet Dali Luthuli hopes his work on stage and in the classroom will lead to a more open approach to tackling mental wellness in young people. Luthuli is with an organisation called Jiyuu, which helps high school students express themselves...

Musa Khanyile, 29

Musa Khanyile, 29

Building a nation that reads and prioritises mental health are two main causes Musa Khanyile is here for. “My day-to-day work as a clinical psychologist at UCT [University of Cape Town] entails treating mental disorders, as well as helping and educating students on...

Gary Hartley, 35

Gary Hartley, 35

Cape Town-based Gary Hartley is the founder and editor-in-chief of SCAFFOLD — an online platform that hosts indepth interviews with queer South African artists and shares international queer arts and culture news. Scaffold is a one-man show, but that doesn’t deter...

Cinga Dyala, 33

Cinga Dyala, 33

Cinga Dyala is an artist and author residing in East London. Growing up, art and creative outlets were always seen as hobbies in her community, never as serious careers to be pursued. This had a profound effect on Dyala, inspiring her to work towards changing this...

Neo Motsatse, 21

Neo Motsatse, 21

Classical musicians tend to think the industry is limiting for them in South Africa, but Neo Motsatse doesn’t, because she’s creating her own opportunities. She began staging her own annual Neo Motsatse the Concert events at the age of 10, and has performed at...

Ayanda Sithebe, 34

Ayanda Sithebe, 34

Ayanda Sithebe founded Actor Spaces, a platform that celebrates South African actors and runs acting workshops for emerging actors. He’s a casting director for several television shows and the director of the Africa Rising International Film Festival, which connects...

Graig-Lee Smith, 32

Graig-Lee Smith, 32

Broadcasting journalist Graig-Lee Smith attributes his determined spirit to the challenges he has overcome. “Growing up on the Cape Flats will prepare you for almost anything in life,” he says. Smith had to deregister while studying journalism at the Cape Peninsula...

Jeani Varty, 27

Jeani Varty, 27

Although teaching was never something she considered before, animation trainer Jeani Varti has found her passion doing just that. After majoring in animation and screenwriting at AFDA, Varty soon started working on global projects, including advertising work for...

Andile Ngcobo, 31

Andile Ngcobo, 31

Andile Ngcobo, aka MC Pholobas, is a presenter on Vuma FM. He is also the founder of Siyaviva TV1, a YouTube channel, and Siyaviva Online Radio. “Siyaviva TV1 specialises in investigating African spirituality and traditional healers’ way of living,” Ngcobo says. The...

Luleka Mhlanzi, 28

Luleka Mhlanzi, 28

Luleka Mhlanzi is an author, youth programmes facilitator, poet and actress. She has multiple qualifications and is driven by the impact of her work. Born and bred in Pietermaritzburg, Mhlanzi wants to live in a society of understanding people that promotes healing...

Goitsemang Lehobye, 33

Goitsemang Lehobye, 33

Ga-Rankuwa-born opera singer Goitsemang Lehobye is achieving her wildest dreams. The specialist in voice performance at the University of Michigan says: “Performing around the world has allowed me to share my culture through my art. I also love being able to learn...

Katherine Couzyn, 30

Katherine Couzyn, 30

“I had a bit of a late start in life,” says Katherine Couzyn, head of digital at Havas Media. “I failed my undergrad the first time and came back to it at 26. That meant I hadn’t spent as much time building my career as others and had a lot of ground to cover to get...

Megan-Geoffrey Prins, 31

Megan-Geoffrey Prins, 31

“One of the things which I am proudest of is managing to raise enough money to study in the US,” says Megan-Geoffrey Prins. Performing at his own fundraising concerts was as fulfilling as winning several awards while enrolled at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In...