Dr Shakira Choonara, 30

Dr Shakira Choonara, 30

Independent public health practitioner
Johannesburg

Dr Choonara’s empathetic outlook and passion for public healthcare have been shaped by her own experience. Driven by an interest in creating systems that take the human experience into account, Johannesburg-based Dr Shakira Choonara believes healthcare should focus on...

Jabulile Dlamini-Qwesha | mg.co.za
Lauren Hermanus, 35

Lauren Hermanus, 35

Founder and director of Adapt
Adapt
Cape Town

The sustainable development researcher and practitioner engages the messy in-between to find solutions to South Africa’s crises. Finding solutions to South Africa’s sustainability problems is a messy business. It requires balancing the interests of a number of...

Sarah Smit | mg.co.za
Jacki Mpondo-Hendricks, Almost 50

Jacki Mpondo-Hendricks, Almost 50

President: Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry / Social Entrepreneur
Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Johannesburg

A woman who truly personifies holistic leadership through ubuntu and a Covid-19 survivor who is not willing to just be a bystander. If there was one piece of advice that Jacki Mpondo-Hendricks could give to her younger self, it would be that life and anything...

Thando Maeko | mg.co.za
Nhlakanipho Zondi, 33

Nhlakanipho Zondi, 33

Product Marketing Manager at SYSPRO and founder of Inspired by Love
Inspired by Love and SYSPRO
Randburg, Johannesburg

Helping women become the best version of themselves is Zondi’s purpose in life. “Speak up - your voice is valuable,” says Nhlakanipho Zondi, the founder of Inspired by Love. This is a brand that celebrates the power of love and believes in its magnificent ability to...

Fatima Moosa | mg.co.za
Mpho Manyisa, 26

Mpho Manyisa, 26

Sponsorships Consultant for Group Marketing at Discovery
Discovery
Johannesburg

Education is one of the most powerful and proven vehicles for sustainable development: This is what drives Mpho to achieve inclusive and quality education for all. Mpho Manyisa has a stellar list of achievements. From being part of Cosmopolitan South Africa’s 25 Under...

Tshegofatso Mathe | mg.co.za
Laurel Oettle, 38

Laurel Oettle, 38

Director, the Association for Rural Advancement (AFRA)
Association for Rural Advancement (AFRA)
Pietermaritzburg

A powerful woman who believes working together can help solve South Africa’s land reform challenges. When Laurel Oettle started working at the Association for Rural Advancement (AFRA) in 2015, she found the 45-year-old organisation in a disastrous state. AFRA was...

Thando Maeko | mg.co.za