Johannesburg – The Young Independents announced and awarded South Africa’s top leaders of 2017 on Wednesday

The winners of The Young Independents Top 100 Award are recognised in these five categories below:

The disruptors: Recognising young people challenging the status quo or traditional thinking with their unconventional ideas and actions.

The healers: Young medical practitioners and educators, involved with environmental work such as recycling, and NGO workers.

The influencers: Recognising young people who are influencing the actions and behaviours of brands, policies and people, and this includes government leaders, trendsetters, social media gurus, and critics.

The innovators: Celebrates young people inventing new products, and business ideas or services that are changing the way we live, work and play; this includes young people driving business or technology, scientists, architects, and chefs.

The trailblazers: Recognises young people leading their field at a local, national, or even international levels. These include top sports stars, academics, scientists, and business leaders.

These inspiring young leaders are and will be an integral part of instrumenting change in South Africa for many years to come.

They are awarded with the highest honour as: 

TYI Trailblazer 2017, 
TYI Influencer 2017, 
TYI Disruptor 2017, 
TYI Healer 2017, 
TYI Innovator 2017.

A winner has been selected as the Top Leader in each category, with two runners up.

Please see below for #Mzansi100Top2017 Category finalists of 2017:


1st: Sibs Shongwe-La Mer

2nd: Dr. Anastacia Tomson

3rd: Naadiya Moosajee


1st: Jessica Dewhurst

2nd: Dr Nokwethemba Mtshali-Hadebe

3rd: Dr Thulani Makhalanyane


1st: Anati Mnyango

2nd: Thabang Moleya

3rd: Vuyiswa Mutshekwane

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1st: Paseka Lesolang

2nd: Nthabeleng Likotsi

3rd: Dave Blakey


1st: Wayde van Niekerk

2nd: Pretty Yende

3rd: Hilton Langenhoven

Congratulations to all the finalists! Continue to succeed, excel and disrupt the status quo.

We thank the  University of Johannesburg, Gauteng TV, South African National Parks, IDC, Department of Science and Technology and the President’s Awards who have made it very possible for Mzansi’s top leaders to be recognised for their sterling efforts.

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