Business & Industry SA dominates on Forbes Africa #30Under30!

SA dominates on Forbes Africa #30Under30!

Forbes Africa has announced its #30Under30 finalists, featuring 30 influencers in the categories of business, tech, creatives and sport.

Of the 120 finalists, a whopping 39 are South African! Caster Semenya, Siya Kolisi and Boity Thulo are just a few notable South Africans that have made the list.

Aisha Baker, Baked Online blogger and businesswoman, also made the short list and shared this post on Facebook:

Forbes had this to say about the winners:

“From elevator manufacturing, solar energy design, to under-30s conquering the Alps and selling out the Apollo Theatre,  this year’s list demonstrates how enterprising and extraordinary the African youth is.”

These talented South Africans made the short list:


Bruce Diale — Founder & Managing Director of Brucol Global Development

Mariam Manack — Founder & Director of iTrain

Isaac Mbatha — Founder & CEO of Sky Tents SA

Dorn Ndlovu — Founder & CEO of Entrepreneur Blue Print Africa

Busisiwe Mkhumbuzi — Co-Founder & Chief Executive of Tshimong

Kgahlego Rasebotsa — Founder & Director of Interior Bubble

Lesego Mokae — Co-Founder of Ditsogo Projects

Theo Baloyi — Founder & CEO of Bathu Swag

Avthar Aniruth — Founder and Executive Producer of Audience Networks

Charmaine Mbatha — Co-Founder Millennial Business Administrators

Shaney Vijendranath — Co-Founder & CEO of Vimage Media

Caleb Stephen David – Founder & CEO of Versatile Commodity Traders

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee had this to share on Twitter:

Forbes Africa has released its fifth edition of its 30 under 30 list, honouring some of the continent’s most accomplished sports stars and we are so proud that 13 of our SA athletes took the spots. More info on:


Clarence Munyai — Track & Field Athlete

Luvo Manyonga — Track & Field Athlete

Wayde Van Nierkerk — Track & Field Athlete

Chad Le Clos — Swimmer

Akani Simbine — Track & Field Athlete

Thembi Kgatlana — Footballer

Siya Kolisi — Springbok Rugby captain

Quinton De Kock — Cricketer

Aphiwe Dyantyi — Rugby player

Percy Tau — Footballer

Ruhan Van Rooyen — Paralympic Athlete

Caster Semenya — Track & Field Athlete

Kagiso Rabada — Cricketer


Karabo Poppy Moletsane — Creative Illustrator, Street Artist & Graphic Designer

Austin Malema — Photographer & CEO of Pixelkollective

Menzi Mcunu — Founder of the Afrocentric Gentlemvn

Trevor Stuurman — Photographer and Creative Director

Aisha Baker — Business Woman, Influencer and Style Icon

Boitumelo ‘Boity’ Thulo — TV Host, Entrepreneur & Musician

Thando Thabethe — Actress & Radio DJ

Rich Mnisi — Fashion Designer

Sho Madjozi — Musician


Nthabiseng Mosia — Co-Founder & CMO of Easy Solar

Nureshka Viranna — Co-Founder & Director of Shopli

Courtney Bentley — Co-Founder & CEO of Visibility Insight

Siyabonga Thomas Tiwana and Tyrone Adams — Founders of Skywalk Innovations

Marnus van Heerden, Matthew Smith and Ndabenhle Ngulube — Founders of Pineapple App

To see a full list of the winners click here.