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Here are SA's most influential young people

Written by: Megan Ellis

The votes are in and South Africa's most influential young people have been named by Avance Media. So who are the young citizens who wield the most influence in South Africa?

The top spot in the ranking went to Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) spokesperson Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi. Dr Ndlozi, who recently earned his PhD, is known for his political charm and influence - resulting in him affectionately being referred to as the "People's Bae" by some.

Economic Freedom Fighters’ national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi graduated with his PhD on Tuesday 5 December 2017. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN
 

At number one, Ndlozi received more votes than famous young South Africans like Trevor Noah and Cassper Nyovest.

However, these public personalities also featured in the top 10 ranking.

According to Avance Media, the top 10 most influential young South Africans are:

  1. Dr. Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (politican)
  2. Percy Tau (footballer)
  3. Nomzamo Mbatha (actress and model)
  4. Dr Sandile Kubheka (SA's youngest doctor)
  5. Cassper Nyovest (musician)
  6. Trevor Noah (comedian)
  7. Mabutho Mthembu (philanthropist)
  8. DJ Zinhle (DJ)
  9. Bonang Matheba (TV personality)
  10. Caster Semenya (Olympic Gold medalist)

There is no shortage of inspiring inclusions in the list, which totals 100 young South Africans from a variety of industries including media, politics, business and science.

Avance Media also named the top awardees in a variety of other categories.

See the winners of each category below:

BUSINESS

Nontokozo Madonsela (MMI Holdings)

LAW & GOVERNANCE

Dr. Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (Economic Freedom Fighters)

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Dr Sandile Kubheka (Medical Doctor)

FILE: South African hip-hop musician Refiloe Phoolo aka Cassper Nyovest. Picture: Radio 702.

ENTERTAINMENT

Cassper Nyovest (Musician)

MEDIA

Trevor Noah (OAP)

LEADERSHIP & CIVIL SOCIETY

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (Miss Universe)

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE & PHILANTHROPY

Mabutho Mthembu (Youth Managers Foundation)

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT & ACADEMIA

Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng (Speaker)

LIFESTYLE

Nomzamo Mbatha (Model)

SPORTS

Percy Tau (Mamelodi Sundowns)

You can see the full Top 100 ranking on the Avance Media website.




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