2019 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL YOUNG SOUTH AFRICANS

Profiles of all 100 nominees are available via: www.avancemedia.org/2019miysa

  1. Zozibini Tunzi (Miss Universe)
  2. Siya Kolisi (Rugby Player)
  3. Tumi Sole (Founder, Country Duty)
  4. Sho Madjozi (Musician)
  5. Caster Semenya (Athlete)
  6. Lasizwe (Comedian)
  7. Nokukhanya Khanyile (Dr) (Medical Doctor)
  8. Theo Baloyi (CEO, Bathu)
  9. Nicolette Mashile (Founder, Financial Fitness Bunny)
  10. Thando Thabethe (OAP)
  11. Patience Martha Ntshani (Dr) (Anesthesiologist Pretoria Heart Hospital)
  12. Silindile Mkhize (CEO, Uber Affix)
  13. Ayanda Njilo (Director, Murphys Attorneys)
  14. Maps Maponyane (OAP)
  15. Kabza de Small (DJ)
  16. Cassper Nyovest (Musician)
  17. Mandisa Nomcebo Mfeka (Pilot)
  18. Linda Maponyane (Founder, My Womanhood My Worth)
  19. Thuso Mbedu (Actress)
  20. Nthabeleng Likotsi (CEO, Young Women in Business Network Cooperative Bank)
  21. Dumisani Chauke (Founder, Dumisani Chauke Netball Foundation)
  22. Nandi Madida (OAP)
  23. Sandile Shezi (CEO, Rivoltare Pty Ltd)
  24. Percy Tau (Footballer)
  25. Babalwa Mbuku (Managing Director, Ntombam Group)
  26. Ntando Duma Mthombeni (OAP)
  27. Sphesihle Nxumalo (Associate, Baker & McKenzie)
  28. Priven Reddy (CEO, Kagiso Interactive)
  29. Senamile Masango (CEO, Senamile Masango Foundation)
  30. Zikhona Tywabi-Ngeva (Dr) (Lecturer, University of Fort Hare)
  31. Ncumisa Jilata (Dr) (Neurosurgeon)
  32. Mpoomy Ledwaba (YouTuber)
  33. Nqabayomzi Kwankwa (Deputy President & Chief Whip, United Democratic Movement)
  34. Bontle Modiselle (Actress)
  35. Itumeleng Ntsube (Member, National Council of Provinces)
  36. Nasty C (Musician)
  37. Nicolas Manyike (Founder, Property Stokvel Investment Club)
  38. Tumi Phake (CEO, Zenzele Fitness)
  39. Lebohang Masango (Author)
  40. Katlego Thwane (Founder, Atlegang Bana Foundation)
  41. Farai Mubaiwa (Founder, Africa Matters)
  42. John Molepo (Lecturer, North West University)
  43. Busi Mkhumbuzi Pooe (Co-Founder, Tshimong)
  44. Nosipho Bele (Lecturer, University of KwaZulu-Natal)
  45. Zanele Njapha (Author)
  46. Azola Mlota (PR Specialist, Azola Mlota PR)
  47. Yusuf Cassim (Member, National Assembly)
  48. Mihlai Ndamase (Beauty Content Creator)
  49. Anelisa Tuswa (Journalist)
  50. Kgotso Hope Lekau (Founder, The New Generation International Foundation)
  51. Zoleka Filander (Scientist, Department of Environmental Affairs)
  52. Sibongiseni Ngcobo (Member, National Assembly)
  53. Kagiso Rabada (Cricketer)
  54. Beth Malatji (Director, Startup Grind Joburg)
  55. Austin Malema (Photographer)
  56. Brent Lindeque (CEO, Good Things Guy)
  57. Emtee (Musician)
  58. Nomso Kana (CEO, Sun n Shield 84 Technologies)
  59. Katlego Maboe (OAP)
  60. Lunga Shabalala (OAP)
  61. Zuko Tisani (CEO, Legazy Technologies)
  62. Mbali Nwoko (CEO, Green Terrace (Pty) Ltd)
  63. Amonge Sinxoto (Co-Founder, Blackboard Africa)
  64. Lady Zamar (Musician)
  65. Bruce Diale (CEO, Brucol Global Development)
  66. Weza Matomane (Speaker)
  67. Lesego Caroline Mokae (co-founder, Ditsogo Projects)
  68. Gwen Ngwenya (MP & Head of Policy, Democratic Alliance)
  69. Lindsay Van Der Byl (Founder, Cycle 4 Change)
  70. Zareef Minty (Author)
  71. Nozipho Mbanjwa (Journalist)
  72. Olwam Mnqwazi (Director, Black Hat Leadership Academy)
  73. Sbahle Mpisane (Fitness Guru)
  74. Jack Mthembu (CEO, First One Adventures)
  75. Hlomela Bucwa (Member, National Assembly)
  76. Dene Botha (Managing Director, Pride Factor)
  77. Thembi Kgatlana (Footballer)
  78. Aphiwe Dyantyi (Rugby Player)
  79. Menzi Mcunu (CEO, Afrocentric Gentlemvn)
  80. Lerisha Naidu (Partner, Baker McKenzie)
  81. Sihle Ndaba (Actress)
  82. Chanelle Zackey (National Marketing Director, Ferrari)
  83. Shakira Choonara (Dr) (Public Health Researcher)
  84. Leah Molatseli (Founder, Lenoma Legal)
  85. Sisa Ntlango (Director, Deloitte)
  86. Hleze Kunju (Dr) (Lecturer, Rhodes University)
  87. Carmel Samimi (Legal Director, Africa, Reckitt Benckiser)
  88. Tracey Malawana (Deputy General Secretary, Equal Education)
  89. Phil Mphela (OAP)
  90. Chad le Clos (Swimmer)
  91. Wayde van Niekerk (Athlete)
  92. Roxy Burger (OAP)
  93. Clarence Munyai (Athlete)
  94. Nadia Nakai (Musician)
  95. Nureshka Viranna (CEO, ShopLi)
  96. Aisha Baker (Blogger)
  97. Moozlie (Musician)
  98. Shaun Stylist (Style Influencer)
  99. Karabo Moletsane (Illustrator)
  100. Elton Jantjies (Rugby Player)

CATEGORIES RANKING

BUSINESS

  1. Theo Baloyi (CEO, Bathu)
  2. Nthabeleng Likotsi (CEO, Young Women in Business Network Cooperative Bank)
  3. Sandile Shezi (CEO, Rivoltare Pty Ltd)
  4. Tumi Phake (CEO, Zenzele Fitness)
  5. Mbali Nwoko (CEO, Green Terrace (Pty) Ltd)
  6. Bruce Diale (CEO, Brucol Global Development)
  7. Lesego Caroline Mokae (co-founder, Ditsogo Projects)
  8. Jack Mthembu (CEO, First One Adventures)
  9. Menzi Mcunu (CEO, Afrocentric Gentlemvn)
  10. Chanelle Zackey (National Marketing Director, Ferrari)

ENTERTAINMENT

  1. Sho Madjozi (Musician)
  2. Cassper Nyovest (Musician)
  3. Thuso Mbedu (Actress)
  4. Bontle Modiselle (Actress)
  5. Nasty C (Musician)
  6. Emtee (Musician)
  7. Lady Zamar (Musician)
  8. Sihle Ndaba (Actress)
  9. Nadia Nakai (Musician)
  10. Moozlie (Musician)

SOCIAL ENTREPRISE & PHILANTHROPY

  1. Silindile Mkhize (CEO, Uber Affix)
  2. Dumisani Chauke (Founder, Dumisani Chauke Netball Foundation)
  3. Babalwa Mbuku (Managing Director, Ntombam Group)
  4. Nicolas Manyike (Founder, Property Stokvel Investment Club)
  5. Busi Mkhumbuzi Pooe (Co-Founder, Tshimong)
  6. Kgotso Hope Lekau (Founder, The New Generation International Foundation)
  7. Brent Lindeque (CEO, Good Things Guy)
  8. Amonge Sinxoto (Co-Founder, Blackboard Africa)
  9. Lindsay Van Der Byl (Founder, Cycle 4 Change)
  10. Dene Botha (Managing Director, Pride Factor)

SPORTS

  1. Siya Kolisi (Rugby Player)
  2. Caster Semenya (Athlete)
  3. Percy Tau (Footballer)
  4. Kagiso Rabada (Cricketer)
  5. Thembi Kgatlana (Footballer)
  6. Aphiwe Dyantyi (Rugby Player)
  7. Chad le Clos (Swimmer)
  8. Wayde van Niekerk (Athlete)
  9. Clarence Munyai (Athlete)
  10. Elton Jantjies (Rugby Player)

LAW & GOVERNANCE

  1. Ayanda Njilo (Director, Murphys Attorneys)
  2. Sphesihle Nxumalo (Associate, Baker & McKenzie)
  3. Nqabayomzi Kwankwa (Deputy President & Chief Whip, United Democratic Movement)
  4. Itumeleng Ntsube (Member, National Council of Provinces)
  5. Yusuf Cassim (Member, National Assembly)
  6. Sibongiseni Ngcobo (Member, National Assembly)
  7. Gwen Ngwenya (MP & Head of Policy, Democratic Alliance)
  8. Hlomela Bucwa (Member, National Assembly)
  9. Lerisha Naidu (Partner, Baker McKenzie)
  10. Carmel Samimi (Legal Director, Africa, Reckitt Benckiser)

MEDIA

  1. Thando Thabethe (OAP)
  2. Maps Maponyane (OAP)
  3. Nandi Madida (OAP)
  4. Ntando Duma Mthombeni (OAP)
  5. Anelisa Tuswa (Journalist)
  6. Katlego Maboe (OAP)
  7. Lunga Shabalala (OAP)
  8. Nozipho Mbanjwa (Journalist)
  9. Phil Mphela (OAP)
  10. Roxy Burger (OAP)

LIFESTYLE

  1. Zozibini Tunzi (Miss Universe)
  2. Lasizwe (Comedian)
  3. Kabza de Small (DJ)
  4. Mpoomy Ledwaba (YouTuber)
  5. Mihlai Ndamase (Beauty Content Creator)
  6. Austin Malema (Photographer)
  7. Sbahle Mpisane (Fitness Guru)
  8. Aisha Baker (Blogger)
  9. Shaun Stylist (Style Influencer)
  10. Karabo Moletsane (Illustrator)

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

  1. Nokukhanya Khanyile (Dr) (Medical Doctor)
  2. Patience Martha Ntshani (Dr) (Anesthesiologist Pretoria Heart Hospital)
  3. Priven Reddy (CEO, Kagiso Interactive)
  4. Senamile Masango (CEO, Senamile Masango Foundation)
  5. Ncumisa Jilata (Dr) (Neurosurgeon)
  6. Zoleka Filander (Scientist, Department of Environmental Affairs)
  7. Nomso Kana (CEO, Sun n Shield 84 Technologies)
  8. Zuko Tisani (CEO, Legazy Technologies)
  9. Shakira Choonara (Dr) (Public Health Researcher)
  10. Nureshka Viranna (CEO, ShopLi)

LEADERSHIP & CIVIL SOCIETY

  1. Tumi Sole (Founder, Country Duty)
  2. Mandisa Nomcebo Mfeka (Pilot)
  3. Lebohang Masango (Author)
  4. Katlego Thwane (Founder, Atlegang Bana Foundation)
  5. Farai Mubaiwa (Founder, Africa Matters)
  6. Azola Mlota (PR Specialist, Azola Mlota PR)
  7. Zareef Minty (Author)
  8. Olwam Mnqwazi (Director, Black Hat Leadership Academy)
  9. Leah Molatseli (Founder, Lenoma Legal)
  10. Sisa Ntlango (Director, Deloitte)

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT & ACADEMIA

  1. Nicolette Mashile (Founder, Financial Fitness Bunny)
  2. Linda Maponyane (Founder, My Womanhood My Worth)
  3. Zikhona Tywabi-Ngeva (Dr) (Lecturer, University of Fort Hare)
  4. John Molepo (Lecturer, North West University)
  5. Nosipho Bele (Lecturer, University of KwaZulu-Natal)
  6. Zanele Njapha (Author)
  7. Beth Malatji (Director, Startup Grind Joburg)
  8. Weza Matomane (Speaker)
  9. Hleze Kunju (Dr) (Lecturer, Rhodes University)
  10. Tracey Malawana (Deputy General Secretary, Equal Education)

2020 NOMINATIONS OPENED

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 leading PR & Rating firm in partnership with 1000 African Voices & VIPI State and 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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categories

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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