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Frances MacMahon, 32

Frances MacMahon, 32

With a degree in architecture from the University of the Witwatersrand and a master’s in market research from the University of Pretoria, Frances MacMahon is the founder and chief executive of Meraki Research, a market research and consulting agency. She started the...

Mpho Mohaswa, 32

Mpho Mohaswa, 32

To maintain the authenticity of traditional ginger beer, chemical engineer Mpho Mohaswa founded Precious and Pearl Brands – a business that manufactures gemere (a non-alcoholic ginger beer concentrate) under the brand name Ghemere. Mohaswa’s business is rooted in...

Zoë Mahopo, 34

Zoë Mahopo, 34

When Zoë Mahopo made the switch from journalism to public relations, the same success wasn’t certain. “In 2016, I was awarded the Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Award for a feature that exposed the poor condition of school toilets in Gauteng township schools,” she...

Gontse Nxumalo, 29

Gontse Nxumalo, 29

Taking considered steps towards entrepreneurship, Orlando Sneaker Care Technicians founder Gonste Nxumalo sought to create an income stream by offering a niche service cleaning and refurbishing sneakers in Orlando, Soweto. After matriculating in 2009, Nxumalo...

Mmakgotso Maphoto, 23

Mmakgotso Maphoto, 23

Mmakgotso Maphoto is studying towards a degree in communication and information science, but she’s already making moves with Leruo Magazine. Hiring two young people from her community to assist her with the magazine is something she is very proud of, and launching the...

Munozovepi Gwata, 24

Munozovepi Gwata, 24

Munozovepi Gwata’s goal is to achieve equitable and sustainable financial economic inclusion in South Africa. She founded Kukura Capital, a platform and community that uses financial literacy to empower people so they can make informed financial decisions. “Financial...

Nabeelah Kolia, 30

Nabeelah Kolia, 30

Nabeelah Kolia’s proudest moment was when she became a fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa. “It felt like all the countless hours of studying and 16 board exams had culminated in that very moment,” she says. From winning awards to becoming the newly...

Nandisa Mpanza, 27

Nandisa Mpanza, 27

Nandisa Mpanza is a business owner and founder. Now the chief executive of her own company, Rock, she’s a farmer first and foremost. “I take part in the planning, researching, marketing and running of the business,” Mpanza says. Mpanza completed her degree in...

Amogelang Kgaladi, 28

Amogelang Kgaladi, 28

One look at Amogelang Kgaladi’s qualifications, starting with a BSc in actuarial and financial mathematics (cum laude) from the University of Pretoria and culminating in a master of business administration from the University of the Witwatersrand, and it all adds up....

Mhlengi Ngcobo, 26

Mhlengi Ngcobo, 26

Mhlengi Ngcobo has built his love for coffee into a business that empowers. At Stellenbosch University, where he studied civil engineering and completed a small business management certificate, Ngcobo began developing the concept for CoffeeMM. He hopes to use the...

Llewelyn Pillay, 30

Llewelyn Pillay, 30

Llewelyn Pillay is the founder and chief executive of Ubunye Africa Construction. His company focuses on delivering quality engineering and construction to its clients and partners, while providing employment, growth opportunities and mentorship to the youth. Through...

Masonwabe Fuma, 27

Masonwabe Fuma, 27

Masonwabe Fuma finds purpose in life by spreading his entrepreneurial spirit. “I wish to empower our people by assisting them to find ways and means to empower themselves,” he says. He believes that a valuable tool with which to introduce the previously excluded into...

Nicho Gosebo, 31

Nicho Gosebo, 31

Lagos, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and Paris are but a few places that Nicho Gosebo called home during his early twenties. After a jet-setting early career, he now resides in Heidelberg, Germany, where he manages the technical side of his employer’s telecommunications...

Mulalo Nemataheni, 30

Mulalo Nemataheni, 30

In founding ImPowerX Advisory Services, Mulalo Nemataheni achieved her goal of starting her own business. Asked about her proudest moment on this journey, she says: “Receiving our financial service provider licence in March 2021, and thus being authorised to provide...

JC Steyn, 21

JC Steyn, 21

JC Steyn is a Bedfordview-based entrepreneur in his final year of study at the University of Pretoria. His primary business, Summarize, caters to students across faculties and year levels. He and his team create notes and tutoring material for them. “I then market and...

Charita van der Berg, 34

Charita van der Berg, 34

For Charita van der Berg, it’s simple: anticipate change, adapt, create new methods in response to the change, and teach it to the community. Leaving the comfort zone of a set monthly income, she went on to start Media Beat – an agency that helps local radio stations...

Lilitha Mahlati, 33

Lilitha Mahlati, 33

Formal training as an investment banker helps Lilitha Mahlati guide the enterprises she’s involved in to financial success. She’s the cofounder and managing director of Ivili Loboya, a 100% black women-owned wool and cashmere manufacturing facility in the Eastern...

Ngoako Thupana, 25

Ngoako Thupana, 25

Having an entrepreneurial spirit and experience as the head of his own company, Ngoako Thupana uses his skills to mentor budding entrepreneurs on their journey to success. Shortly after completing his national diploma in entrepreneurship at the Tshwane University of...

Nadine Arnold, 32

Nadine Arnold, 32

Having joined Rain as an early-stage employee, Nadine Arnold has been integral to the growth of South Africa’s data-only telecommunications start-up and Africa’s first commercial 5G operator. Being a key player in Rain’s growth, Arnold recognises the impact the...

Batlile Phaladi, 32

Batlile Phaladi, 32

Helping women to build resilience is something Batlile Phaladi does well because of her own experience in the corporate world. In her early career, she would quit if things got tough, but after being mentored by her elders in the Shoprite Group, she learned that...

Fezile Dhlamini-Mapela, 29

Fezile Dhlamini-Mapela, 29

Fezile Dhalmini-Mapela is not one to dwell on mistakes, saying: “All decisions I make are calculated and there has never been an element of regret with each one made. There are lessons I have taken from the 190-plus rejections received over the past five years. These...

Charl Reyneke, 27

Charl Reyneke, 27

Charl Reyneke wants to see a world where everyone has the opportunity to escape poverty. It’s something he is taking steps to realise through his side projects, Heartflow NPC and its Cheese app. Reyneke cofounded the company as a result of his personal conflicts about...

Diketso Setho, 24

Diketso Setho, 24

Diketso Setho is a self-taught IT programmer. He says his childhood struggles have never deterred his spirit to understand information technology and mingle with the crème de la crème of the digital world. As the founder of GH Mall, an online shopping portal, Setho...

Miso Nhlangulela, 33

Miso Nhlangulela, 33

During her time in the corporate sector, Miso Nhlangulela lent her talents to the spheres of recruitment, business development and marketing. The Durban native opted to focus on the latter when embracing her entrepreneurial flair. She put her commerce degree to...

Milisa Mabinza, 29

Milisa Mabinza, 29

As the managing director of Khula Lula private equity fund, Milisa Mabinza’s mission is to build a generational legacy. She says: “Khula Lula was not only my dream, but it was the dream of my late father, my grandmothers and the forefathers that came before me. I have...

Bontle Tshole, 29

Bontle Tshole, 29

Bontle Tshole has a simple job: she is building a brand. After completing her honours in psychology at the University of South Africa, she started her first business, Baaa Health, in 2017. Shortly after that, in 2020, Tshole cofounded the bespoke furniture...

Adam Collier, 32

Adam Collier, 32

Adam Collier’s first bite at entrepreneurship came before his 20th birthday and mostly amounted to a life lesson in the importance of careful planning and strategic thought. He followed up a commerce honours degree from the University of the Witwatersrand with a...

Nobuhle Ndlovu, 31

Nobuhle Ndlovu, 31

Armed with an MBA in finance from the Said Business School in Oxford among other qualifications, Nobuhle Ndlovu’s work includes investing in economies, growing businesses and building sustainable business ecosystems. “I want to see more job creation and a more...

Bohlale Buzani, 24

Bohlale Buzani, 24

As a social entrepreneur and development practitioner, Bohlale Buzani believes that young people should have an opportunity to participate in a meaningful economy and cocreate it from grassroots level. In his work, he turned an illegal dump site into an...

Masabata Sebusi, 25

Masabata Sebusi, 25

According to Masabata Sebusi, her professional journey has been quite surprising. By adapting to changes she didn’t expect, she has become the cofounder of an agribusiness that helps smallholder farmers take better advantage of business opportunities, be more tech...