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Zithande Emmanuel Mbala, 35

Zithande Emmanuel Mbala, 35

Zithande Mbala’s inquisitive nature led him from a career in accounting to the world of invention. Not one to shy away from dreaming big, his first venture, iWipe, looks to innovate an everyday product: toilet paper. Mbala describes iWipe as “smart toilet paper”. It...

Danisa Nkanyani, 27

Danisa Nkanyani, 27

When Danisa Nkanyani began studying at the University of Pretoria, she did so with a scholarship propelling her towards a degree in mining engineering. Working as a mining engineer at Glencore, Nkanyani is involved in the earliest stage of the mining value chain,...

Hugh Maleka

Hugh Maleka

Helping kids in rural Limpopo see a brighter future is a spin-off of Hugh Maleka’s own success as a mining engineer. He’s a project leader at De Beers’ Venetia Mine and is completing a master’s in engineering, majoring in technology and innovation management. As well...

Martin Sitefane, 29

Martin Sitefane, 29

During the past six months, Martin Sitefane secured his master’s degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and received official recognition as a professional engineering technologist. He confesses that the birth of his daughter, a few months prior to this patch...

Lesego Mokae, 31

Lesego Mokae, 31

After cofounding a company, Lesego Mokae wanted to break the barriers limiting women entrepreneurs from entering the mining sector, a field where opportunities are few and far between. Mokae believes everything is possible, and she teaches this when she mentors and...