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:
Good going, Siya! We caught up with him last year about how fashion is evolving in South Africa ahead of SA Fashion Week 2015
The youngest of the under 30s recognized by Forbes Magazine is Nadav Ossendryver. The 19 year old founder of LatestSightings.com 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.
An honour to discuss with President Motlanthe about what he sees in our country & most important to me, conservation pic.twitter.com/RnXxhUQd7k— Nadav Ossendryver (@ossendryver) March 30, 2016
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 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.
When u buy local products,you not only supporting the designer,you contributing to our economy,keeping current jobs and creating new jobs
— Inga Gubeka (@ingagubeka) April 26, 2016
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.
Let your dreams be BIGGER than your fears.Your prayers and Faith should be STRONGER than your feelings. pic.twitter.com/NdJV6LcyY9— Emmanuel Sir Bonoko (@EMMANUELBONOKO) May 24, 2016
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.