Civil Society

2020 category sponsors

2020 category sponsors

2020 category sponsors

2020 category sponsors

2020 category sponsors

The Ethical Agency

2020 category sponsors

The Ethical Agency

2020 category sponsors

The Ethical Agency

2020 category sponsors

The Ethical Agency
The Ethical Agency

Our Partnership With Nedbank

Nedbank believes in youth innovation, and provides products and services for future-looking approaches to personal finance, entrepreneurship, and the creation of solutions for South African society. As a returning sponsor of Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans, Nedbank is proud to support future leaders, changemakers and innovators. 

Our Partnership With Nedbank

Nedbank believes in youth innovation, and provides products and services for future-looking approaches to personal finance, entrepreneurship, and the creation of solutions for South African society. As a returning sponsor of Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans, Nedbank is proud to support future leaders, changemakers and innovators. 

Our Partnership With Nedbank

Nedbank believes in youth innovation, and provides products and services for future-looking approaches to personal finance, entrepreneurship, and the creation of solutions for South African society. As a returning sponsor of Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans, Nedbank is proud to support future leaders, changemakers and innovators. 

Ramphele Mawelewele, 31

Ramphele Mawelewele, 31

Office administrator and disability integration advocate
KG Maluleke Memorial Disability Integration Organization

If you take the time to listen to the stories of others, you can find a well of motivation to get involved and help. That’s the hope of Polokwane-based Ramphele Mawelewele, who, through her journey and advocacy, is hoping to improve the lives of people who live with...

Scott Dodds | mg.co.za
Funzani Mtembu, 29

Funzani Mtembu, 29

Investment/economic analyst
Kaelo Naledi

“I wish to see a South Africa that has complete economic sovereignty. A South Africa with economic policies that are about economic development that centres people and their social needs.” Funzani Mthembu is an investment/ economic analyst and an activist advocating...

Jabulile Dlamini-Qwesha | mg.co.za
Alia Kajee, 30

Alia Kajee, 30

Climate Support Programme Technical Advisor
GIZ

Justice and equality are at the heart of what drives Alia Kajee. The technical advisor on climate change believes that there can never be environmental justice without social and economic justice. Kajee says the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated...

Bongekile Macupe | mg.co.za
Palesa Madi, 29

Palesa Madi, 29

Attorney and Acting Deputy Director
Centre for Applied Legal Studies

In reflecting on her recent achievements, Palesa Madi makes a point to note the room for self-improvement, “Although I am proud of the last three years of my life – having raised a three year old, lectured, and being appointed as acting deputy director at one of the...

Max Dylan Lazarus | mg.co.za
Keitumetse Fatimata Moutloatse, 25

Keitumetse Fatimata Moutloatse, 25

Founder and chairperson
Black Womxn Caucus

Keitumetse Fatimata Moutloatse is the founder and chairperson of Black Womxn Caucus, a non-partisan movement for black women established in 2017. The movement was formed in response to the increasing prevalence of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) against women, children...

Afrika Bogatsu | mg.co.za
Noncedo Madubedube, 29

Noncedo Madubedube, 29

General secretary
Equal Education

Making effective change starts with the education of the youth, and that’s something that Noncedo Madubedube understands all too well. She is the general secretary at Equal Education, the membership-based movement of learners, post-school youth, parents and citizens...

Scott Dodds | mg.co.za
Lorraine Khoza, 23

Lorraine Khoza, 23

Founder and chairperson
Lorraine Khoza Foundation

In the work that she does through her foundation, Lorraine Khoza aims to be a reliable advocate for marginalised groups and a champion for gender equality. Earlier this year, the Lorraine Khoza Foundation received a presidential honour for their contribution to the...

Jabulile Dlamini-Qwesha | mg.co.za
Brown Lekekela, 35

Brown Lekekela, 35

Counsellor, volunteer and founder
Green Door

Brown Lekekela is doing the work required to deal with gender-based violence where it’s most needed. He runs the Green Door shelter in his backyard for women and children in the Diepsloot informal settlement in Johannesburg. He set it up in 2013, after volunteering as...

Shaazia Ebrahim | mg.co.za
Tsietsi Morobi, 32

Tsietsi Morobi, 32

Performer and drama teacher
Kids Haven Drama Group, Younitiate NPC

Tsiestsi Morobi says he wants to see art become part of the school curriculum. He is a performer and drama teacher who sees art as a vehicle for social change, especially for those who were previously disadvantaged. Morobi studied a dramatic arts degree at the...

Fatima Moosa | mg.co.za
Jhono Bennett, 33

Jhono Bennett, 33

Architect
1to1 - Agency of Engagement

According to Murphy’s Law, anything that can go wrong, will go wrong and Jhono Bennett and his fellow students learned that lesson the hard way. In 2010, led by the Slovo Park Community Development Forum (SPCDF), Bennett, his colleagues and a group of Slovo Park...

Thando Maeko | mg.co.za
Muhammed Choonara, 23

Muhammed Choonara, 23

Media, communications and marketing professional; volunteer

Wanting a better future is a most admirable goal and the work required to achieve it comes from only the most dedicated and passionate. At just 23, Muhammed Choonara is leading the way in this regard. He’s currently volunteering as the head of media, communications...

Scott Dodds | mg.co.za
Ian Mangenga, 26

Ian Mangenga, 26

Founder and designer
Digital Girl Africa

Ian Mangenga is a designer and the founder of digital hub Digital Girl Africa. She wants to see more women entrepreneurs running businesses online, more content created by women for women and women having an equal stake in the digital economy. She pushes that agenda...

Jabulile Dlamini-Qwesha | mg.co.za
Makgatla Thepa, 36

Makgatla Thepa, 36

Procurement officer and social activist
Capricorn College for TVET

Makgatla Thepa-Lephale describes herself as a social activist, academic and occasional writer, and is renowned in her village for founding and growing the Ponelopele Reading Club — an initiative that teaches local children how to read and write. Originally housed in a...

Rosie Goddard | mg.co.za
Advice Chuma, 27

Advice Chuma, 27

Intern publicist
Empire Entertainment

Once you experience the satisfaction of making a positive difference in a person’s life, dedicating your free time and resources to non-profit work becomes the obvious decision. Advice Chuma works as a publicist intern at Empire Entertainment and fully embraces his...

Scott Dodds | mg.co.za
Allan van der Meulen, 24

Allan van der Meulen, 24

Co-founder
Zlto app

Allan van der Meulen, who was born in the Cape Flats, wants to see people in his community living without poverty, able to pursue their dreams. To this end, Van der Meulen co-founded Zlto, an app that rewards young people in South Africa for volunteering; in exchange...

Tshegofatso Mathe | mg.co.za
Zanele Melissa Simango, 20

Zanele Melissa Simango, 20

Student
University of Cape Town

As a student, an organiser and a scientist, Zanele Simango has achieved a lot in a busy few years: “My proudest moment was winning the Most Outstanding Society in the Social Cluster for the work I did in Activate Wits, a student society that strives to create a social...

Max Dylan Lazarus | mg.co.za
Enrique Hermanus, 21

Enrique Hermanus, 21

Pastor, programme manager and ward committee representative for education
El Shaddai Christian Church Mould Empower Serve, The City of Cape Town

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic Enrique Hermanus has partnered with nonprofit organisations, business and churches to lead a R1-million feeding scheme, providing children with food, sanitary products and educational material. Spiritual development is an often...

Scott Dodds | mg.co.za
Mpho Seipubi, 27

Mpho Seipubi, 27

Program coordinator and founder
Whose Stories Will We Hear?

We’re living in uncertain and extraordinary times. One day we’ll look back at this period as a defining moment in history. But some stories may not be told. Writer and editor Mpho Seipubi is on a mission to capture those stories that may be lost in the chaos of the...

Sarah Smit | mg.co.za
Ashraf Booley, 29

Ashraf Booley, 29

President
Impulse Cape Town

The work Ashraf Booley does today is the product of the many challenges he faced and the resilience he showed in overcoming them. As the president of Impulse Cape Town, he strives to create and foster an entirely inclusive community for queer people, one which will...

Scott Dodds | mg.co.za
Pelontle Mosimege, 26

Pelontle Mosimege, 26

Founder
She Brigade

Pelontle Mosimege uses the growing medium of podcasting to inform her listeners about women in South Africa who are doing great things. Her platform, She Brigade, has hosted women entrepreneurs, corporate professionals, and creatives to share their success stories....

Tshegofatso Mathe | mg.co.za
Chulumanco Mihlali Nkasela, 20

Chulumanco Mihlali Nkasela, 20

Student and spokesperson
Black People’s National Crisis Committee

In assessing her busy last few years, Chulumanco Mihlali Nkasela highlights the self-assurance that has propelled her presence in student politics and the fight for social justice: “The biggest mistake, which I have learned a great deal from, is to never despise my...

Max Dylan Lazarus | mg.co.za
Karabo Mokgonyana, 23

Karabo Mokgonyana, 23

African Youth Ambassador for Peace
African Union

At just 23, Karabo Mokgonyana has a very clear idea of who she is, and where she’s going. She’s one of those people who makes doing it all look easy: while studying, she balanced full-time study with side jobs, running a nonprofit organisation and advancing an...

Rosie Goddard | mg.co.za
Keabetswe Letsholo, 33

Keabetswe Letsholo, 33

Founder, Client support specialist
Tag-A-Sister, Sanlam

Keabetswe Lesholo, from Hammanskraal in north Gauteng, founded Tag-A-Sister in 2016. This organisation is focused on empowering women and young girls, especially those affected by teenage pregnancy and poverty-linked issues. Lesholo herself was a teenage mother, and...

Theresa Mallinson | mg.co.za
Chaeli Mycroft, 25

Chaeli Mycroft, 25

Ability activist and student

Being in a wheelchair has never held Chaeli Mycroft back. In fact it’s propelled her forward, turning her into an ability activist heading an initiative to support disabled children and their families and lobbying society to become more inclusive. At the age of nine...

Lesley Stones | mg.co.za
Mandima Qunta, 31

Mandima Qunta, 31

Entrepreneur
The Fam

Mandima Qunta specialises in bringing people together. It’s gone beyond a profession – it’s now a matter of pride. “Watching how people engage and interact with whatever I have curated, is such a fulfilling and motivating feeling,” Qunta says Qunta creates safe spaces...

Luke Feltham | mg.co.za