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Carla Watson, 31

Carla Watson, 31

A teacher turned education activist who advises young people to take up teaching as a way to contribute positively to society. The Jakes Gerwel Fellowship is named after one of South Africa’s most prominent anti-apartheid activists and academics, Professor Jakes...

Onthatile Pooe, 17

Onthatile Pooe, 17

At just 17, she has created a space for the discriminated to engage with the rest of society. When Onthatile Pooe’s idea of creating a platform to discuss social issues facing minorities was rejected at school, the zest of youth kicked in. She could have thrown in the...

Buhle Hanise, 37

Buhle Hanise, 37

Like many other students, Hansie has failed, but her relentless drive has seen her become an influential CA. The mind of a businesswoman with a heart of gold. This barely describes Buhle Hanise’s personality. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and was recently...

Lerato Moloko, 39

Lerato Moloko, 39

Racial and gender inequality permeates the golfing world and Lerato Moloko is addressing the issue head-on and growing the game by focusing on representation. From beekeeping to golfing, Lerato Moloko is a talented entrepreneur who, above all else, is motivated to...

Saray Khumalo, 48

Saray Khumalo, 48

The climbs by the first black African woman to conquer Mount Everest are dedicated to people who dare to dream – providing an inspiring message and changing the narrative for the next generation. Saray Khumalo is a Johannesburg-based businesswoman, mountaineer and...

Tshepiso Mokoena, 42

Tshepiso Mokoena, 42

Having seen first-hand the extent of the challenges facing the hearing-impaired community, Aina took the situation into her own hands with the Tshepiso Mokoena Foundation – offering developmental support, services, healthcare and empowerment to deaf people throughout...

Professor Tivani Phosa Mashamba-Thompson, 42

Professor Tivani Phosa Mashamba-Thompson, 42

A medical professional who uses her expertise to not only fight against the coronavirus but also helps uplift her rural Limpopo hometown. As the country grapples with the coronavirus, leading health professional and academic Professor Tivani Phosa Mashamba-Thompson is...

Dr Matamela Mafune, 28

Dr Matamela Mafune, 28

When she’s not helping the country's healthcare system fight back against the Covid-19 pandemic, Dr Matamela Mafune lends her life experience to her passion project, The Purple Sisterhood, a non-profit organisation that provides mentorship and guidance for young...

Palesa Mokomele, 37

Palesa Mokomele, 37

Palesa Mokomele is a 37-year-old woman who through her company, Ezabalobi Media, works to include marginalised sectors such as small scale fishing into the formal economy. She is a 2019 Mandela Washington Fellow and has a Master’s in Political Communication from the...

Shanthini Naidoo, 39

Shanthini Naidoo, 39

With her new book, Women In Solitary, Naidoo hopes to alter the way South African women see themselves — and rekindle a desire to fight injustice and change the path of history by standing strong. While most people are familiar with the Rivonia Trial that sent Nelson...

Angela Larkan, 36

Angela Larkan, 36

The founder of Thanda is dedicated to handing power back to women — by giving them the knowledge, support and breathing room to improve their own lives. When it comes to manifesting meaningful societal change, the most impactful shifts are a result of sowing seeds...

Dr Hlengiwe Ndlovu, 35

Dr Hlengiwe Ndlovu, 35

For Hlengiwe Ndlovu being powerful means standing in the gap, inspiring hope and encouraging those who come after you that anything is possible. Dr Hlengiwe Ndlovu’s many achievements are a testament to her continued commitment to social justice as an academic, policy...