Every year we compile a list of young South Africans who are inspirational and doing remarkable things in their fields of expertise. Check out our Top 20 Most Inspirational Youth In South Africa 2016.
6. Shalton Mothwa
Shalton Mothwa started experimenting with science projects in his grandfather’s garage when he was a child. Now he’s nearing talks with the Departments of Education and Energy to distribute his invention to rural school children.
“The AEON Power Bag is a laptop bag that charges mobile devices such as smartphones and laptops using just WiFi and telecomms signals,” Shalton explains. It sounds like an idea out of science fiction books like Dexter’s Laboratory or Jimmy Neutron.
7. Joseph Ndaba
Joseph Ndaba is a serial entrepreneur in the innovative, technology and motivational talk industries. He is the Founder & Director Creativ’ Minds and founder of Mafikeng Innovation Hub, and is leading his initiatives through his passion and love for youth development.
8. Tshepy Matloga
Tshepy Matloga is a professional journalist turned entrepreneur. She studied journalism at the Tshwane University of Technology majoring in Political sciences and Broadcast production. She is a founder and CEO of Chronicles Media Group which is a media organization that advocates for Africa development and also offers Public Relations services. CMG has a presence in both South Africa and Malawi and has also launched Malawi’s first ever women business and lifestyle magazine called Inde which comes in both digital and hardcopy.
9. Bonolo Ramokhele
Ramokhele, 29, is a co-founder of LeoFortis Group, an investment holding company with investments spanning commodity trading, energy, telecommunications, engineering, and mining with a presence in South Africa, Kenya, Zambia and South Sudan.
10. Thato Kgatlhanye & Rea Ngwane
South African entrepreneurs Kgatlhanye and Ngwane, both 23, co-founded Repurpose School bags. Repurpose collects and recycles plastic waste into school bags for poor South African students. The plastic bags feature a solar panel in the flap which get charged when the students walk to and from school. These charged solar panels help to provide lighting at night to the students to study. Rea Ngwane has since left Repurpose.