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Frances MacMahon, 32

Frances MacMahon, 32

Chief executive
Meraki Research

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...

Anita Makgetla | mg.co.za
Mpho Mohaswa, 32

Mpho Mohaswa, 32

Founder
Precious and Pearl Brands

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...

Shai Rama | mg.co.za
Zoë Mahopo, 34

Zoë Mahopo, 34

Head of content development
The Brand Thread

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...

Nabeel Allie | mg.co.za
Gontse Nxumalo, 29

Gontse Nxumalo, 29

Managing director and sneaker care technician
Orlando Sneaker Care Technicians

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...

Mosibudi Ratlebjane | mg.co.za
Mmakgotso Maphoto, 23

Mmakgotso Maphoto, 23

Founder and chief executive
Leruo Magazine

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...

Fatima Moosa | mg.co.za
Munozovepi Gwata, 24

Munozovepi Gwata, 24

Founder
Kukura Capital

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...

Mosibudi Ratlebjane | mg.co.za
Nabeelah Kolia, 30

Nabeelah Kolia, 30

Consulting actuary, manager and president-elect
Deloitte & Touche, Association of South African Black Actuarial Professionals

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...

Eunice Stoltz | mg.co.za
Nandisa Mpanza, 27

Nandisa Mpanza, 27

Farmer and chief executive
Rock

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...

Nabeel Allie | mg.co.za
Amogelang Kgaladi, 28

Amogelang Kgaladi, 28

Chief risk officer
First National Bank

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....

Zia Haffejee | mg.co.za
Mhlengi Ngcobo, 26

Mhlengi Ngcobo, 26

Founder and director
CoffeeMM

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...

Anita Makgetla | mg.co.za
Llewelyn Pillay, 30

Llewelyn Pillay, 30

Founder and chief executive
Ubunye Africa Construction (Pty) Ltd

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...

Anita Makgetla | mg.co.za
Masonwabe Fuma, 27

Masonwabe Fuma, 27

Associate director and spokesperson
Africa Cooperatives Institute of South Africa

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...

Andie Reeves | mg.co.za
Nicho Gosebo, 31

Nicho Gosebo, 31

Head of customer product management
Giesecke+Devrient Mobile Security

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...

Zia Haffejee | mg.co.za
JC Steyn, 21

JC Steyn, 21

Entrepreneur
Summarize:

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...

Buntu Ngcuka | mg.co.za
Mulalo Nemataheni, 30

Mulalo Nemataheni, 30

Certified financial planner and chief executive
ImPowerX Advisory Services

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...

Oratile Mashazi | mg.co.za
Fezile Dhlamini-Mapela, 29

Fezile Dhlamini-Mapela, 29

Founder and chief executive
Green Scooter

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...

Dylan Lazarus | mg.co.za
Charita van der Berg, 34

Charita van der Berg, 34

Managing director and radio lecturer
Media Beat

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...

Eunice Stoltz | mg.co.za
Lilitha Mahlati, 33

Lilitha Mahlati, 33

Managing director
Ivili Loboya

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...

Lesley Stones | mg.co.za
Ngoako Thupana, 25

Ngoako Thupana, 25

Founder
Kenter Holdings

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...

Tshiamo Seape | mg.co.za
Nadine Arnold, 32

Nadine Arnold, 32

Co-founder and head of business development
Junior Think Tanks and Rain

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...

Shai Rama | mg.co.za
Batlile Phaladi, 32

Batlile Phaladi, 32

Social media customer engagement manager
Shoprite Group

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...

Lesley Stones | mg.co.za
Charl Reyneke, 27

Charl Reyneke, 27

Cofounder and management consultant
Convergence3 and Heartflow NPC

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...

Sandiso Ngubane | mg.co.za
Miso Nhlangulela, 33

Miso Nhlangulela, 33

Founder and chief marketing officer
JayBerry Consulting

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...

Zia Haffejee | mg.co.za
Milisa Mabinza, 29

Milisa Mabinza, 29

Private equity fund manager and managing director
Khula Lula

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...

Oratile Mashazi | mg.co.za
Bontle Tshole, 29

Bontle Tshole, 29

Owner and founder
Riversands Incubation Hub

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...

Tshiamo Seape | mg.co.za
Adam Collier, 32

Adam Collier, 32

Co-founder and co-chief executive
BluLever Education

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...

Zia Haffejee | mg.co.za
Nobuhle Ndlovu, 31

Nobuhle Ndlovu, 31

Investment professional
Kasada Capital Management

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...

Buntu Ngcuka | mg.co.za
Bohlale Buzani, 24

Bohlale Buzani, 24

Social entrepreneur and development practitioner
Self-employed

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...

Fatima Moosa | mg.co.za
Masabata Sebusi, 25

Masabata Sebusi, 25

Co-founder and director of partnerships
Sprout Africa

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...

Anita Makgetla | mg.co.za