Finalists for 2019 100 Most Influential Young South Africans Announced

Finalists for 2019 100 Most Influential Young South Africans Announced

The most anticipated annual list of young South Africans, 100 Most Influential Young South Africans, which is curated by leading PR & Rating firm, Avance Media, has been released.

Currently in its fourth year, the annual ranking by Avance Media has helped highlight the works of young South Africans across the world and has seen notable personalities such Trevor Noah (2016), Dr. Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (2017) and Caster Semenya (2018) voted as the Most Influential Young South Africans in the previous years.

The 2019 list features a record of 54 females and 46 males according to Prince Akpah, MD of Avance Media. He further cited that, “the list serves as an encouragement to young South Africans who are accomplished in their industries and continue to build a distinguished brand for themselves and influence over others. This list also urges those honoured to continue striving harder so their stories can inspire other young people to also contribute their quota to the development of South Africa and the continent of Africa.”

Honourees cut across diverse sectors with these inspiring young change-makers and leaders making great strides as entrepreneurs, musicians, activists, media personalities, social entrepreneurs, public servants and politicians.

Profiles of all finalists have been published on:

Public voting has been opened via for the public to decide who among the 100 honourees served as the most influential young person in 2019. The public voting ends on 5th February.

Avance Media is also spearheading related annual rankings for Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Kenya.


Below is the list of nominees arranged in their respective categories:



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


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

Law & Governance

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

Leadership & Civil Society

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


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

Personal Development & Academia

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


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

Social Entreprise & Philanthropy

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

Science & Technology

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


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



The ranking is spearheaded by Avance Media in partnership with Reset Global People, VIPI State, Jagari Designs, Surge Studios, WatsUp TV and Cliq Africa.


Source: Avance Media


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