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Minah Mkhavele, 35

Minah Mkhavele, 35

Case manager and GDSD girl child ambassador
Gauteng Department of Social Development

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...

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Mzwakhe Xulu, 27

Mzwakhe Xulu, 27

Educator
Calibrating Minds Society

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...

Jabulile Dlamini-Qwesha | mg.co.za
Nomsa Tshingowe, 30

Nomsa Tshingowe, 30

Social worker
Department of social development, Sekhukhune district, Cancer 0 Thirty 5 Non Profit Organization

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...

Mosibudi Ratlebjane | mg.co.za
Lydia Sono, 34

Lydia Sono, 34

Activist
Lydia Sono Foundation

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...

Zia Haffejee | mg.co.za
Hope Matsila, 31

Hope Matsila, 31

Attorney and social impact advocate
The Mindful Catalyst Blog

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...

Anita Makgetla | mg.co.za
Clive Mathe, 30

Clive Mathe, 30

Founder and chief executive
KURAI

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...

Oratile Mashazi | mg.co.za
Asandiswa Smouse, 31

Asandiswa Smouse, 31

Executive coach
Asa Smouse coaching & consulting

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...

Anita Makgetla | mg.co.za
Mlondi Mkhize, 20

Mlondi Mkhize, 20

Human rights activist and radio content producer
Ugu Youth Radio

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...

Anita Makgetla | mg.co.za
Kgomotso Mphela, 31

Kgomotso Mphela, 31

Founder and programme manager
Kgomotso Children’s Centre, and Gauteng Women's Forum

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...

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Lena Rametse, 27

Lena Rametse, 27

Veterinary receptionist
Blue Hills Veterinary Hospital

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...

Anita Makgetla | mg.co.za