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Zara Randriamanakoto, 35

Zara Randriamanakoto, 35

Zara Randriamanakoto can attest to what anti-apartheid revolutionary and political leader Nelson Mandela said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Having secured a number of qualifications and with academic awards to show for...

Geronimo de Klerk, 18

Geronimo de Klerk, 18

When South Africa entered lockdown in March 2020, Geronimo de Klerk was already working within his Elsies River community. Feed The Future For Life started community gardens in the area. “I started the Feed The Future food gardens, which supplies the feeding schemes....

Mnothowandile Cele, 30

Mnothowandile Cele, 30

Mnothowandile Cele is a provincial deputy chairperson from Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth) who wants young South Africans to know that knowledge and education are power. Her work has earned her many awards, and focuses on bringing awareness to gender-based issues...

Luchulumanco Nanto, 26

Luchulumanco Nanto, 26

Luchulumanco Nanto has a background in finance and accounting, and a focus on community development. In 2017, his role as a student leader and his focus on social justice merged to support an informal community in Cape Town. “My proudest moment would be when I was...

Lisette Oelofse, 24

Lisette Oelofse, 24

Lisette Oelofse finds herself at the start of a new journey. After completing her law degree, she realised her true calling, “Africa, its animal life and its people”. Her biggest mistake is also her proudest moment, because despite not wanting to complete her law...

Karabo Sekgale, 29

Karabo Sekgale, 29

Karabo Sekgale is a report writer at Humana People to People in South Africa, an international developmental organisation that reaches more than half a million people annually in South Africa. The organisation has been active in South Africa since 1995 and focuses on...

Grant Edmond, 30

Grant Edmond, 30

Grant Edmond is the executive director of Just Grace, a non-governmental organisation that strives to unlock the potential of the people they serve. Through designing and implementing the organisation’s projects, Edmond aims to not only solve problems, but to also...

Helen Aadnesgaard, 27

Helen Aadnesgaard, 27

Helen Aadnesgaard is driven by her dream to leave the world more equal than she found it. She focuses her work on gender equality, believing it to be “the rising tide that will lift all boats” because of its intersection with race, poverty, disability and more....

Salaminah Mofokeng, 31

Salaminah Mofokeng, 31

As the cofounder and chairperson of the Life 4 U Foundation, Salaminah Mofokeng works on a variety of initiatives to improve the communities of Ivory Park and Tembisa. The foundation provides disaster and poverty relief by running feeding schemes and caring for widows...

Olorato Moatshe, 21

Olorato Moatshe, 21

At 16, Olorato Moatshe started Barrier Breakers, a non-profit organisation (NPO) that provided sanitary towels and toiletries to children’s homes. “The advice I have for a young me is to never be afraid to be yourself, don’t shrink yourself and don’t apologise for...

Kamohelo Ramaipato, 33

Kamohelo Ramaipato, 33

As a youth and adult development facilitator for Columba Leadership Trust, Kamohelo Ramaipato’s biggest learning curve was spending time on himself. “I realised that I should put more focus and time into pushing for my own goals as much as I’ve been doing and continue...

Nonhlanhla Bakasa, 30

Nonhlanhla Bakasa, 30

As a person with disabilities, Nonhlanhla Bakasa not only works for the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), she’s also set up two of her own organisations to help disabled people thrive: AdoWord Multimedia and AdoWord Disability Trust. Her...

Ziyanda Stuurman, 32

Ziyanda Stuurman, 32

As a policy manager at Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at the University of Cape Town, Ziyanda Stuurman’s academic journey has taken her to universities in England and the US. With two master’s degrees under her belt, Stuurman now works to turn academic research...

Lehlohonolo Mabaso, 33

Lehlohonolo Mabaso, 33

“Trust the process,” says Lehlohonolo Mabaso when asked to advise his younger self. Mabaso, also known as Hlox Da Rebel, is a project manager, a spoken word poet and an entrepreneur. “The projects include building self-reliant and economically independent communities...

Karabo Malahleha, 23

Karabo Malahleha, 23

Karabo Malahleha is a final-year student at the University of Cape Town and the founder of Asikhulumeni — a non-profit organisation that aims to start conversations about gender-based violence throughout high schools in South Africa. Asikhulumeni’s main goal is to...