Zozibini Tunzi Voted 2019 Most Influential Young South African

Zozibini Tunzi Voted 2019 Most Influential Young South African


26 years old 2019 Miss Universe, Zozibini Tunzi has been voted the 2019 Most Influential Young South African in the 4th annual ranking poll of influential young South Africans organised by leading African PR & Rating firm, Avance Media.

The ranking of 100 young extraordinary young South Africans which also features 54 females makes Zozibini the second female to be bestowed the enviable title after Caster Semenya took the position in 2018. Other winners include Trevor Noah (2016) and Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (2017)

Zozibini Tunzi is on record as the third woman from South Africa to win the Miss Universe title after her remarkable performance on the global stage and also becoming the first woman in history to win the coveted title with a natural hair.

Joining Zozibini in the top 5 spots are Captain of the South African team that won the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Siya Kolisi, Founder of Country Duty, Tumi Sole, rapper and John Cena hitmaker, Sho Madjozi and last year’s winner and multiple award winning athlete, Caster Semenya.

According to the Managing Director of Avance Media, Prince Akpah, “the ranking which celebrates young people annually features 100 inspiring change-makers and leaders making great accomplishments in their diverse industries. Be it as entrepreneurs, musicians, activists, media personalities, social impact and philanthropy leaders, public servants, thought leaders and politicians’’.

Profiles of all honourees are published on www.avancemedia.org/2019miysa

The ranking which is being spearheaded in other countries have had, musician Burna Boy being named the 2019 Most Influential Young Nigerian, musician Kofi Kinaata also voted the 2019 Most Influential Young Ghanaian and Aston Villa’s Mbwana Samatta voted the 2019 Most Influential Young Tanzanian.

Below are the young South Africans voted as the most influential in their respective categories:

  1. Business – Theo Baloyi (CEO, Bathu)
  2. Entertainment – Sho Madjozi (Musician)
  3. Law & Governance – Ayanda Njilo (Director, Murphys Attorneys)
  4. Leadership & Civil Society – Tumi Sole (Founder, Country Duty)
  5. Lifestyle – Zozibini Tunzi (Miss Universe)
  6. Media – Thando Thabethe (OAP)
  7. Personal Development & Academia – Nicolette Mashile (Founder, Financial Fitness Bunny)
  8. Science & Technology – Dr. Nokukhanya Khanyile (Medical Doctor)
  9. Social Enterprise & Philanthropy – Silindile Mkhize (CEO, Uber Affix)
  10. Sports – Siya Kolisi (Rugby Player)


Below is the list of Avance Media’s 2019 100 Most Influential Young South Africans

  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)

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

For more information kindly visit ng.avancemedia.org or email: md@avancemedia.org, +233242307379

Source: Avance Media

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