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Minah Mkhavele, 35

Minah Mkhavele, 35

Minah Mkhavele is a social worker who is finalising her master’s in child protection. Working with children is something Mkhavele has a great interest in. One of her proudest moments was when she reached out to six rural communities to provide them with sanitary...

Mzwakhe Xulu, 27

Mzwakhe Xulu, 27

Mzwakhe Xulu is the cofounder of Calibrating Minds Society, a non-profit organisation that advances academic excellence high schools in Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal. As the organisation’s chairperson, Xulu oversees tutoring, career expo and interschool debating...

Nomsa Tshingowe, 30

Nomsa Tshingowe, 30

Nomsa Tshingowe, founder of Cancer 0 Thirty 5 Foundation, had just completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Venda when she was diagnosed with stage three osteosarcoma cancer. She underwent 18 cycles of chemotherapy and two surgeries, then researched the...

Lydia Sono, 34

Lydia Sono, 34

Lydia Sono hails from rural Schoemansdal in Mpumalanga, where she is a renowned and openly gay community activist. Her advocacy campaign to end hate crimes began after she and her partner were on the receiving end of a harrowing experience, which she has spoken freely...

Hope Matsila, 31

Hope Matsila, 31

Hope Matsila started her post-university career as an attorney in corporate governance and compliance management. It wasn’t until she was able to travel and work overseas that she realised the severity of the inequalities that plague South Africa and many other Third...

Clive Mathe, 30

Clive Mathe, 30

Clive Mathe is the founding chief executive of KURAI, a company that uses drone technology and artificial intelligence to help farmers. KURAI offers timely and reliable information to farmers, helping them make more accurate decisions, which translates into better...

Mlondi Mkhize, 20

Mlondi Mkhize, 20

At just 20 years old, Mlondi Mkhize is studying public relations and communication sciences at Durban University of Technology, working at the Ugu Youth Radio station as a content producer, and is a human rights activist in his township, Gamalakhe. His social activism...

Asandiswa Smouse, 31

Asandiswa Smouse, 31

Asa Smouse is dedicated to ensuring people get the most out of their lives and work. To do this, she coaches businesses and their employees in optimising mental wellness at work. She also runs a non-profit organisation that helps counter the effects of domestic...

Lena Rametse, 27

Lena Rametse, 27

Through her work on the Miss Phenomenal Queen South Africa pageant, Lena Rametse hopes to empower women in her community while bringing attention to the scourge of domestic violence in our society. Through her work on Miss Phenomenal Queen, Rametse gained some...

Kgomotso Mphela, 31

Kgomotso Mphela, 31

Our lived experiences shape the paths we follow. After being sexually abused as a child, Kgomotso Mphela wanted to have a positive impact on the vulnerable in her community. At just 17, she founded Kgomotso Children’s Centre. “It caters to over 500 children in and...