Education

2020 category sponsors

Xolane Gratitude Ngobozana, 35

Xolane Gratitude Ngobozana, 35

Founder
Wattville Achievers

Xolane Ngobozana is the president of the Donate A School Bag campaign, which started in 2015 to help disadvantaged learners by donating school bags, sanitary towels, foods and clothes to learners and families. So far the campaign has assisted more than 6 000 learners....

Tshegofatso Mathe | mg.co.za
Tsatseng Rantsho, 26

Tsatseng Rantsho, 26

Candidate attorney and founder
Sgela 1st

Many battles for improving the lives of those around you are won in the courtroom. That’s the thinking of Daveyton local Tsatseng Rantsho, who’s hoping to use his passion and education to provide assistance to those who need it most. Rantsho is a candidate attorney at...

Scott Dodds | mg.co.za
Zwoluga Mutangwa, 21

Zwoluga Mutangwa, 21

Assistant teacher
Final Solutions

Zwoluga Mutangwa was born and raised in Tshidimbini in Limpopo, a rural setting which would foreshadow his future endeavours. A diligent student, he attended Wits University in Johannesburg before being financially and academically excluded, forcing him to return...

James Nash | mg.co.za
Zama Mthunzi, 27

Zama Mthunzi, 27

Regional organiser
Equal Education

Zama Mthunzi is a social justice activist who works to ensure that young people are not locked out of job opportunities. Mthunzi uses radio and television to spread the message of education. In a country with more than 50% youth employment, Mthunzi believes in using...

Thando Maeko | mg.co.za
Dr Lerato Mokoena, 28

Dr Lerato Mokoena, 28

Lecturer
North West University

At a young age of 28, Dr Lerato Mokoena embodies the ancient Hebrew scripture that teaches us that “an intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.” It all began in 2012 when Mokoena began her studies in Theology at the University of...

Thando Maeko | mg.co.za
Qinisani Qwabe, 25

Qinisani Qwabe, 25

Researcher, Founder
Mangosuthu University of Technology, Ubuntu AgriRenaissance

After failing his matric in 2011, Qinisani Nhlakanipho has picked himself up and now focuses his energies in things that matter the most to him. He says he failed his matric because he could not find the right balance between his social life and his studies. But,...

Tshegofatso Mathe | mg.co.za
Esihle Lupindo, 22

Esihle Lupindo, 22

Writer and poet
Freelance writer for Careers Magazine

Equal and accurate representation of black queer people is the force that drives the activism of writer and poet Esihle Lupindo. Lupindo completed his undergraduate and honours degree in sociology at Rhodes University. He is studying towards his masters. His research...

Thando Maeko | mg.co.za
Nkhensani Mogale, 34

Nkhensani Mogale, 34

Lecturer
University of Pretoria, Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Department of Anatomy

Nkhensani Mogale began her career as a part-time lecturer at the University of Johannesburg, and has been consistently breaking new ground ever since. In 2014, she became the first black female lecturer at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (previously called...

James Nash | mg.co.za
Tinyiko Simbine, 29

Tinyiko Simbine, 29

Co-founder and chief financial officer
GirlCode

Tinyiko Simbine's proudest moment was when GirlCoders partnered with a British tech giant in 2019 and hosted a hackathon, which led to eight participants being offered permanent jobs in the United Kingdom. Simbine, who has a Bcom from the University of Pretoria, wants...

Thando Maeko | mg.co.za
Lebohang David Molapo, 23

Lebohang David Molapo, 23

Chief executive & chairman
LD Molapo Foundation

As the chairperson of the LD Molapo Foundation, Lebohang David Molapo has made it his mission to drive others to success: “To be where I am today, I was inspired by someone who came from a similar background as mine to achieve greatness. Therefore I also want to be an...

Max Dylan Lazarus | mg.co.za
Katlego Thwane, 27

Katlego Thwane, 27

Teacher and founding chief executive
Atlegang Bana Foundation

Transforming the status quo through youth development and education has to start from the ground up, and requires passionate and dedicated individuals. Individuals such as Katlego Thwane, teacher and founding chief executive of the Atlegang Bana Foundation, an...

Scott Dodds | mg.co.za
Vuyo Pakade, 26

Vuyo Pakade, 26

Founder and chief executive
Foonda Technologies

Vuyolwethu Pakade founded Foonda Technology Solutions to help make tertiary education more accessible for young South Africans. There are countless obstacles that impede the progress of learners, especially those from underprivileged backgrounds. This led Pakade to...

James Nash | mg.co.za
Ntsako Mhlanga, 21

Ntsako Mhlanga, 21

Social entrepreneur
Learnergy

“Your passions are the biggest drivers of your success”, according to social entrepreneur, educationist and ambassador for change, Ntsako Mhlanga. The 21-year-old’s contributions to the education sector has changed many lives for the better, and she’s using every...

Scott Dodds | mg.co.za
Sicelo Bhengu, 33

Sicelo Bhengu, 33

Senior deputy headmaster
Southdowns College

Sicelo Bhengu was a deputy head prefect of a prestigious school and, naturally, when he matriculated there were expectations about his career choice. It came as a disappointment to some when he chose teaching as a career. But the disappointment did not deter him from...

Bongekile Macupe | mg.co.za
Mpho Nkake, 21

Mpho Nkake, 21

Founder and ambassador
Together We Can succeed

It takes a bright and dedicated mind to be championing the plight of the youth in academics while still being young enough to be a student yourself. With only 21 years under his belt, Mpho Nkake has taken up that responsibility, working with several organisations to...

Scott Dodds | mg.co.za
Asanda Sigigaba, 29

Asanda Sigigaba, 29

Principal
LEAP Science and Maths School

To take on full responsibility of a school at the age of 28 would be a daunting task for anyone, but when LEAP Science and Maths School in Linbro Park, Johannesburg, achieved a 100% matric pass rate in her first year as principal, Asanda Sigigaba’s decision to step...

Max Dylan Lazarus | mg.co.za
Boitumelo Katisi, 28

Boitumelo Katisi, 28

Commercial pilot
Aviation Development In Africa

Commercial pilot Boitumelo Katisi got her pilot’s license at the end of 2018 and became a recipient for the Outstanding Contribution to Aviation in South Africa award at the Civil Aviation Industry Awards a year later. On her birthday, she hosted the first aviation...

Jabulile Dlamini-Qwesha | mg.co.za
Mukundi Lambani, 33

Mukundi Lambani, 33

Founder
Ambani Africa

Mukundi Lambani caught the producer bug in 2010 when she began producing the international 48 Hour Film Project. At only 23, she bought the rights to produce the film festival in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Gaborone. The initiative created opportunities for...

Thando Maeko | mg.co.za
Masixole Makwetu, 31

Masixole Makwetu, 31

Youth development and education coordinator

As the youth development and education coordinator at the Cape Town Opera, Masixole Makwetu gives children from various backgrounds in the Western Cape a holistic introduction to opera. The programmes make the arts accessible to young talent and fosters an environment...

Jabulile Dlamini-Qwesha | mg.co.za
Radzilani Wisdom Thivhafuni, 24

Radzilani Wisdom Thivhafuni, 24

Project manager
You are a star community youth

Some stars shine brighter than others. Their brightness is a factor of how much energy they put out and how far away they are. Thivhafuni Wisdom Radzilani started You Are a Star to give young people in Radzilani, a village in Limpopo, a space to improve their English...

Sarah Smit | mg.co.za
Sinakekelwe Nkwanyana, 28

Sinakekelwe Nkwanyana, 28

PhD intern
Human Sciences Research Council

Sinakekelwe Nkwanyana has carved out an academic niche that she hopes may better inform how we understand masculinity in South Africa. Currently completing her PhD in public health at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, she dismisses the notion that men can be seen as a...

Luke Feltham | mg.co.za
Siseko H Kumalo, 25

Siseko H Kumalo, 25

Academic and editor-in-chief
Journal of Decolonising Disciplines

Siseko H Kumalo does not want to live a mediocre life, so he makes sure he is not complacent. He also works to give the world the tools to do better, to care for the marginalised and to think deeply about the disenfranchised. He founded the Journal of Decolonising...

Tshegofatso Mathe | mg.co.za
Sarah Madingwana, 26

Sarah Madingwana, 26

Co-founder and chief financial officer
Rudo Institute

Sarah Madingwana is the co-founder of the Rudo Institute: a non-profit higher education institution based in the Ekurhuleni-based township Daveyton. She and her partner built the institute after seeing how inaccessible tertiary education was, especially for people in...

Shaazia Ebrahim | mg.co.za
Charmaine Maphutha, 26

Charmaine Maphutha, 26

Educator and philanthropist
Bopedi Hope Foundation

Charmaine Maphutha established Bopedi Hope Foundation with two other women and together they provide school shoes, clothing, toiletries, sanitary towels and other necessities to girls in need. Their goals include providing free sanitary towels in all public spaces....

Jabulile Dlamini-Qwesha | mg.co.za
Anza Tshipetane, 21

Anza Tshipetane, 21

Founder and chief executive
Bright Young Leaders Initiative - BYLI

Anza Tshipetane is the founder and chief executive of the Bright Young Leadership Initiative, a nonprofit organisation founded to empower young people from disadvantaged communities. Its aim is to help them to realise their qualities and their ability to become...

Max Dylan Lazarus | mg.co.za
Nosipho Mngomezulu, 32

Nosipho Mngomezulu, 32

Anthropology lecturer
University of the Witwatersrand

In her research and teaching, Nosipho Mngomezulu strives to decolonise and transform academic approaches to projects with the aim of developing methods to better equip students for the challenges of the 21st century in Africa. As an anthropology lecturer at the...

Tshegofatso Mathe | mg.co.za
Thando Mkoyi, 27

Thando Mkoyi, 27

Managing director
Eyentsatshane For the Little Ones Early Childhood Development Project

Thanduxolo Mkoyi is the managing director of Eyentsatshane For the Little Ones Early Childhood Development Project, an initiative that aims to develop child literacy in Khayelitsha. The organisation helps to develop children’s vocabularies by promoting reading,...

Jabulile Dlamini-Qwesha | mg.co.za
Lehlohonolo Ntlatlapo, 26

Lehlohonolo Ntlatlapo, 26

Medical doctor
Help Me Up Foundation

Lehlohonolo Ntlatlapo is passionate about health education and youth development. He started the non-profit organisation Help Me Up Foundation as a response to the plight of disadvantaged students who struggle to get into institutions of higher learning due to lack of...

Tshegofatso Mathe | mg.co.za
Ntokozo Ndlovu, 34

Ntokozo Ndlovu, 34

SANDF soldier Founder
The Web Foundation

"When you see someone in uniform, it’s often difficult to imagine the life they lead beyond their occupation. Ntokozo Ndlovu spends his days working as a soldier in the South African National Defence Force, a job made all the more difficult with the onset of the...

Scott Dodds | mg.co.za
Dr Ndumiso Vusumuzi Mazibuko, 34

Dr Ndumiso Vusumuzi Mazibuko, 34

Senior agricultural economist

Senior agricultural economist at the National Agricultural Marketing Council, Dr Ndumiso Vusumuzi Mazibuko believes patience is key to building a career you can be proud of. Inspired by effecting the change he wants to see, one of his proudest achievements was being...

Jabulile Dlamini-Qwesha | mg.co.za
Palesa Lengolo, 33

Palesa Lengolo, 33

Finance professional and author
Palengo Holdings

Palesa Lengolo is a finance whiz and the author Stokvels: How They Can Make Your Money Work For You, which was published last year. The book looks at how investing in stokvels can boost the economy and make money for individuals. Lengolo says that writing a book was...

Shaazia Ebrahim | mg.co.za
Dr Lwando Mdleleni, 31

Dr Lwando Mdleleni, 31

Researcher: social innovation and development
University of the Western Cape

Having a dream is all very well, but it’s far better to have a vision says Dr Lwando Mdleleni, a senior researcher in social innovation and development at the University of the Western Cape. With a vision you can paint a clear mental portrait of where you want to be...

Lesley Stones | mg.co.za
Zandile Mkwanazi, 29

Zandile Mkwanazi, 29

Chief executive officer and chairwoman
GirlCode

The tech industry is still male-dominated and Zandile Mkwanazi is working to increase the visibility of women in it through her nonprofit organisation, GirlCode. Combining her passions for women, technology and education, Mkwanazi helps to provide historically...

Tshegofatso Mathe | mg.co.za
Thandokazi Maseti, 30

Thandokazi Maseti, 30

Lecturer and PhD candidate
University of Johannesburg

Thandokazi Maseti says joining Wits University as one of the youngest lecturers in the department of family medicine and pursuing a career as a lecturer was a big surprise. However, what served as a bigger surprise was becoming a lecturer that was not linked to what...

Fatima Moosa | mg.co.za
Madre Loubser, 29

Madre Loubser, 29

Youth development and education co-ordinator
Cape Town Opera

“It’s the behind-the-scenes work we don’t get to see that makes the show end in a standing ovation. Sometimes the most vital jobs aren’t those in the spotlight.” As the youth development and education co-ordinator at Cape Town Opera, Madre Loubser understands this...

Rosie Goddard | mg.co.za
Moeletji Mapheto, 27

Moeletji Mapheto, 27

CA(SA) trainee and founder
Ga-Mphahlele Home-Coming

Moeletji Mapheto doesn’t see growing up in the rural community of Ga-Mphahlele in Limpopo as a disadvantage. Instead, Mapheto sees her upbringing as filled with opportunity. “Success doesn’t mean making it out of the village,” she says. “Sometimes success is going...

Sarah Smit | mg.co.za
Phakiso Masooa, 24

Phakiso Masooa, 24

Director
The Mentees Ark

Masooa and his twin brother, who were raised by their taxi-driver father and stay-at-home mother, are the first and only matriculants in their family. He is also the first family member to attend university and is studying for a BA degree at the University of the...

Theresa Mallinson | mg.co.za
Mahlogonolo Phahlamohlaka, 27

Mahlogonolo Phahlamohlaka, 27

Founder
Help Matriculate Centre

Upliftment begins with education. This is the maxim by which Mahlogonolo Phahlamohlaka lives her life and drives her career. She is the founder of the Help Matriculate Centre, an organisation that upskills young residents in Tsimanyane Circuit, Limpopo Province. Her...

Luke Feltham | mg.co.za
Mlamuli Nkosingphile Hlatshwayo, 29

Mlamuli Nkosingphile Hlatshwayo, 29

Lecturer
University of KwaZulu-Natal

Transformation in a country begins with transformation in the education sector, and Mlamuli Nkosingphile Hlatshwayo is involved in this. His academic record — graduating cum laude with his master’s in social sciences and last year getting his PhD in education — has...

Scott Dodds | mg.co.za
Wilson Tsakane Mongwe, 29

Wilson Tsakane Mongwe, 29

Front office quantitative analyst
Standard Bank

Wilson Mongwe, who is completing his PhD in artificial intelligence at the University of Johannesburg, hopes his research will further Africa’s position in the fourth industrial revolution. “Artificial intelligence is the key that will drive innovation in the coming...

Sarah Smit | mg.co.za
Sizi Matthews Botsime, 32

Sizi Matthews Botsime, 32

Education activist
Sizi Botsime Foundation, CISE

Education activist Sizi Matthews Botsime says that he wants to see a South Africa that’s diverse in every sphere: “A society in which people look, embrace and unite in their diversity ... that each person will be getting an opportunity without any bias.” It is in his...

Fatima Moosa | mg.co.za