2016 MOST INFLUENTIAL YOUNG SOUTH AFRICANS

  1. Trevor Noah
  2. DJ Zinhle
  3. Nasty C
  4. Caster Semenya
  5. Sibusiso Leope
  6. Tebogo Ditshego
  7. Sandile Shezi
  8. Wayde van Niekerk
  9. Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng
  10. Julius Malema
  11. Khaya Dlanga
  12. Cassper Nyovest
  13. Akani Simbine
  14. Bonang Matheba
  15. Mbuyiseni Ndlozi
  16. Lebang Nong
  17. Siyabulela Xuza
  18. Mduduzi Manana
  19. Vusi Thembekwayo
  20. Catherine Constantinides
  21. Itumeleng Khune
  22. Thabang Mabuza
  23. Thabang Mathopo
  24. Khusela Sangoni
  25. AKA
  26. Minnie Dlamini
  27. Mmusi Aloysias Maimane
  28. Ashley Uys
  29. Lebo Selloane-Tshabalala
  30. Sizwe Nzima
  31. Yolanda Zoleka Cuba
  32. Tokologo Phetla
  33. Phakamile Mbengashe
  34. Emmanuel Bonoko
  35. Boitumelo Thulo
  36. Rosie Motene
  37. Luvuyo Rani
  38. Phumlani M. Majozi
  39. Duduzane Zuma
  40. Frederick Bohasu
  41. Khethi Ngwenya
  42. Elvis Mmaphuthelo Sekhaolelo
  43. Lindiwe Mazibuko
  44. LIRA
  45. Mmabatho Mokiti
  46. Faith Mangope
  47. Thato Kgatlhanye
  48. Rapelang Rabana
  49. MsCosmo
  50. AB de Villiers
  51. Thula Sindi
  52. Vuyo Jack
  53. Musa Manzi
  54. Bongani Baloyi
  55. Ludwick Marishane
  56. Terry Pheto
  57. Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh
  58. Candice Swanepoel
  59. Thando Thabethe
  60. Raelene Rorke
  61. Siya Beyile
  62. Zwelethu Mambane
  63. Mandisa Shandu
  64. Nizenande Machi
  65. Masechaba Ndlovu
  66. Redi Tlhabi
  67. Unathi Msengana
  68. Tembeka Ngcukaitobi
  69. Floyd Shivambu
  70. Conrad Travis David
  71. Azania Mosaka
  72. Collen Maine
  73. Simphiwe Dana
  74. Justin Stanford
  75. Naadiya Moosajee
  76. Victor Dlamini
  77. Vinny Lingham
  78. Seana Nkhahle
  79. Mogau Seshoene
  80. Jonathan Liebmann
  81. Steven Pienaar
  82. Thembi Seete
  83. Alex Fourie
  84. Cathy Mohlahlana
  85. Caspar Lee
  86. Karabo Mathang
  87. Max Hussmann
  88. JP Pietersen
  89. Adii Pienaar
  90. Masizole Mnqasela
  91. Shashi Naidoo
  92. Jaco De Bruyn
  93. Bulelwa Mkutukana
  94. Dario Trinchero
  95. Hajrah Ormajee
  96. Mike Eilertsen
  97. Gareth Pon
  98. Magdalene Moonsamy
  99. Chris Morris
  100. Louis Oosthuizen

CATEGORIES RANKING

BUSINESS

  1. Tebogo Ditshego
  2. Sandile Shezi
  3. Yolanda Zoleka Cuba
  4. Tokologo Phetla
  5. Emmanuel Bonoko
  6. Vinny Lingham
  7. Duduzane Zuma
  8. Jonathan Liebmann
  9. Max Hussmann
  10. Mike Eilertsen

ENTERTAINMENT

  1. Nasty C
  2. Cassper Nyovest
  3. AKA
  4. LIRA
  5. Terry Pheto
  6. Unathi Msengana
  7. Simphiwe Dana
  8. Thembi Seete
  9. Shashi Naidoo

SOCIAL ENTREPRISE & PHILANTHROPY

  1. Lebang Nong
  2. Catherine Constantinides
  3. Thabang Mabuza
  4. Sizwe Nzima
  5. Luvuyo Rani
  6. Phumlani M. Majozi
  7. Elvis M. Sekhaolelo
  8. Mmabatho Mokiti
  9. Thato Kgatlhanye
  10. Naadiya Moosajee

SPORTS

  1. Caster Semenya
  2. Wayde van Niekerk
  3. Akani Simbine
  4. Itumeleng Khune
  5. AB de Villiers
  6. Steven Pienaar
  7. Karabo Mathang
  8. JP Pietersen
  9. Chris Morris
  10. Louis Oosthuizen

LAW & GOVERNANCE

  1. Julius Malema
  2. Mbuyiseni Ndlozi
  3. Mduduzi Manana
  4. Mmusi Aloysias Maimane
  5. Lindiwe Mazibuko
  6. Bongani Baloyi
  7. Floyd Shivambu
  8. Collen Maine
  9. Masizole Mnqasela
  10. Magdalene Moonsamy

MEDIA

  1. Trevor Noah
  2. Bonang Matheba
  3. Minnie Dlamini
  4. Boitumelo Thulo
  5. Thando Thabethe
  6. Masechaba Ndlovu
  7. Redi Tlhabi
  8. Azania Mosaka
  9. Cathy Mohlahlana
  10. Hajrah Ormajee

LIFESTYLE

  1. DJ Zinhle
  2. MsCosmo
  3. Thula Sindi
  4. Candice Swanepoel
  5. Siya Beyile
  6. Victor Dlamini
  7. Mogau Seshoene
  8. Caspar Lee
  9. Jaco De Bruyn
  10. Gareth Pon

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

  1. Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng
  2. Siyabulela Xuza
  3. Ashley Uys
  4. Lebo Selloane-Tshabalala
  5. Rapelang Rabana
  6. Ludwick Marishane
  7. Conrad Travis David
  8. Justin Stanford
  9. Alex Fourie
  10. Adii Pienaar

LEADERSHIP & CIVIL SOCIETY

  1. Khaya Dlanga
  2. Thabang Mathopo
  3. Khusela Sangoni
  4. Phakamile Mbengashe
  5. Rosie Motene
  6. Faith Mangope
  7. Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh
  8. Mandisa Shandu
  9. Tembeka Ngcukaitobi
  10. Seana Nkhahle

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT & ACADEMIA

  1. Sibusiso Leope
  2. Vusi Thembekwayo
  3. Frederick Bohasu
  4. Khethi Ngwenya
  5. Vuyo Jack
  6. Musa Manzi
  7. Raelene Rorke
  8. Zwelethu Mambane
  9. Nizenande Machi
  10. Dario Trinchero

100 Most Influential Young South Africans

VISION.

Become the Leading and Most Credible program to Rank and Honour Young South Africans.

CRITERIA.

A Nominee must be:

  1. A South African.
  2. 15 or below 40 years.
  3. In 2 years of Active Service in a Category.
  4. Outstanding with Public Evidence of Impact
  5. Motivating to be able to inspire other young people with his/her work

MISSION.

  • Rank and Honour the Most Influential Young South Africans Annually.
  • Uphold Public discretion of the Most Influential Young South Africans.
  • Evangel the Inspiring Stories, Works and Impacts of Young South Africans across the World.
  • Change the Negative Perceptions of the Potentials of Young People.
  • Fuel Patriotism among Young South Africans.
  • Create Value for the Works of Young South Africans Globally.

CATEGORIES.

  • Business
  • Entertainment
  • Law & Governance
  • Leadership & Civil Society
  • Lifestyle
  • Media
  • Personal Development & Academia
  • Social Entreprise & Philanthropy
  • Sports
  • Science & Technology

ABOUT US

The Most Influential Young South Africans initiative is an annual awards and ranking scheme for young South African Achievers between 15-40 years, spearheaded by Avance Media, a social enterprise in partnership with various Organisations.

The initiative is intended to disclose the true and genuine potentials of young people who are earnest to turn around the fortunes of South Africa’s economy and whose works are at par with their impacts. It is also expected to serve as a source of encouragement to these young individuals whose commitment towards stimulating growth is undoubted.

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PUBLIC CHOICE
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SOUTH AFRICAN
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"Everything I have today is because of Africa, I was born here, went to school here, I work here and I'm achieving some level of financial comfort here"

TONY ELUMELU

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BUSINESS

This category is dedicated to Individuals who run successful enterprises in South Africa, which are adding valuable social, economic and cultural remittances to lives and contributing towards shaping the image of the African continent

ENTERTAINMENT

This category is exclusive to a diverse group of individuals involved in entertainment relating to Music, Comdey & Film. They must be national icons that command a high level of influence not just popularity through the positive impact of their works.

SOCIAL ENTREPRISE & PHILANTHROPY

This category is meant for young individuals leading social entrepreneurship and philanthropy activities impacting lives across South Africa and their respective provinces. The public on the reach of their impacts must phenomenally endorse their works and achievements.

SPORTS

This category throws a spotlight on diverse sports personalities who in diverse ways are contributing to the development of various sporting activities. These can be athletes, coaches or individuals directly involved in the sporting industry

LAW & GOVERNANCE

This category compiles distinguished young South Africans who display continental influence based on their roles in public office, politics, Law and governance. Their work should have yielded significant commendation from their benefactors.

MEDIA

This category is targeted at journalists and media personalities who have defied odds to propel stories of South Africa across the Globe. Their work should carry a national focused vision on leading South Africans to tell their own stories whether good or bad.

LIFESTYLE

This category is focused on young people who are leading the creative & lifestyle community in South Africa. They are passionately setting the pace in Fashion & Arts which have become common among the populace.  These personalities must be leading initiatives and organisations, which are addressing problems in their communities and have potentials for global expansion, adoption and recognition.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

This category is focused on young South Africans who are leading the innovation revolution across the country. Their products and services must be dedicated to solving either local or global problems from the South African soil. They must be potential competitors in the global science, technology, and innovation space.

LEADERSHIP & CIVIL SOCIETY

This category involves highly recommended young individuals who are championing various activities in the country related to advocacy, religion, civil organizations etc. They need to possess the qualities of a leader and must have achieved significant feats in their works across the country and beyond.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT & ACADEMIA

This category is exclusive to individuals who have excelled in various academic assignments and young South Africans who have dedicated their career in training the next generation of African Leaders.

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