Five South Africans Make the 'Forbes 30 under 30' List!



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Five South Africans Make the 'Forbes 30 under 30' List!

Forbes has always been widely regarded as the ‘standard’ when it comes to financial news and matters pertaining to net-worth in the world of pop culture. Their lists often reflect who are hot and happening with the bank balances to back it up. 

This morning they released their list of future billionaires in Africa, and we had some South Africans ranking on that list. The catch? They’re all under the age of 30! SA did pretty well on this list as we had five young people who made the cut. Let’s take a look at who they are: 

Siya Beyile 

Popularly known as 'The Threaded Man' in the Joburg streets, Siya Beyile has been doing big things in the fashion space all over the country, he was also recently announced as the new face of American Swiss. The founder of The Threaded Man is also a well-known stylist working with the likes of Nomuzi Mabena as well as Tebello Motsoane. The 22-year-old took to social media to announce that he will be the official fashion director for the forthcoming South African Music Awards as well.

Good going, Siya! We caught up with him last year about how fashion is evolving in South Africa ahead of SA Fashion Week 2015

Nadav Ossendryver 

The youngest of the under 30s recognized by Forbes Magazine is Nadav Ossendryver. The 19 year old founder of developed his website that focuses on crowd sourcing wildlife sightings in the Kruger National Park and he is also an environmentalist. Ossendryver has over 200 000 people in his social media community and one of the top-viewed YouTube channels in South Africa. So massive is the magnitude of his work, he has met with former deputy president, Kgalema Mothlanthe. 

This young Joburger says: "I make a huge effort to develop strong relationships with tour operators, rangers and honourary rangers as they are the regular people in the park, making their contributions that much more reliable. I also maintain a relationship with my regular followers, making them feel that they are part of a vibrant community."

Inga Gubeka 

Inga Gubeka has been inspiring with his work in the design and décor scene since he was a teenager. He originally studied interior décor but the design aspect is what he gravitated towards in a more natural way. Gubeka runs a studio in Paarden Eiland, Cape Town where he designs and makes unique products including backpacks, clocks and lamps. 

At 28, he is the youngest South African to have a single malt whiskey named after him. No really, this isn’t something that we’re making up. Whisky brand Glenfiddich named a R80 000 bottle of whiskey after him. 

Not many under 30s can say they have a whiskey named after them! Indalo Decor is set to open its second concept store in Braamfontein. 

Emmanuel Bonoko 

Emmanuel Bonoko might just be 24-years-old, but he runs a foundation that empowers the youth through education. He founded the Emmanuel Bonoko Foundation which focuses on leadership, youth empowerment, and entrepreneurship.

According to Destiny Man Magazine, the foundation's first major project – the book drive initiative – has collected and donated over 12 000 books at discounted rates to struggling schools, NGOs and prisons. This initiative has given birth to other successful projects undertaken by Bonoko’s foundation, including youth mentorship programmes, bursary campaigns, a career expo and leadership, entrepreneurial and business seminars and workshops. 

Mogau Seshoene 

Of all the business names we’ve featured, this one is our favourite! Mogau Seshoene is the founder of The Lazy Makoti which means ‘The Lazy Wife/ Bride'. We love this name because of the true meaning of her business; the name was formed after she gave cooking lessons to a friend who was struggling to learn to produce South African dishes. 

Women are far too often put under immense pressure to comply with societal rules. They MUST cook. They MUST clean. When can they just live their lives and also be CEOs? Well The Lazy Makoti offers up services where they do your cooking for you, focusing on African dishes specifically. They do house calls and cooking lessons for small groups, as well as selling branded kitchen accessories through pop-up stores and online.

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