Forbes has released its latest ’30 under 30 list’, focusing on the upcoming Africans you should know about.

The list was based on over 600 nominations, which were vetted, verified and investigated by the Forbes team over a number of weeks. The list favoured entrepreneurs with fresh ideas and took into account their business size, revenue, location, potential, struggles, social impact and resilience.

A panel of judges then debated the final 90 – which were then split up into 30 game-changers, in each of the three sectors – business, technology and creative.

South Africans dominated the business and technology lists with a combined 18 nominations.

While a number of industries were represented (notably construction and start-ups), nearly all of the South Africans stood out for their entrepreneurial work as either the founders or co-founders of their businesses.

“You may not know many of their names now and they may not be the richest people in Africa, but they could be the billionaires of tomorrow gracing our future covers,” Forbes said.

“This compilation is exciting, inspiring and offers a sneak peek into Africa’s future.”

You can find the complete list of South Africans named on the business and technology lists below.

*Despite a rank being given, the lists are in no particular order.


Rank Name Age Business Position Industry
8 Roger Boniface 29 EDISIM Founder Education/Tech
10 Sihle Ndlela 28 Majozi Bros Construction Co-founder Construction
11 Vere Shaba 29 Shaba & Ramplin Green Building Solutions Founder Engineering
13 Wesley Beneke 29 WCB Construction Founder Construction
17 Joey Friedman 26 LA Group of Companies Founder Furniture/Various
18 Zuko Tisani 25 Legazy Technology Consulting Founder Technology
21 Zareef Minty 24 ZRF Holdings Founder Fashion/Various
24 Jack Mthembu 27 First One Adventures Founder Education/Various
25 Reabetswe Ngwane 25 KreamFields Co-founder Various
26 Annelisa Mntuyedwa 28 Gilbert Civils Founder Construction
28 Alexander Knieps 27 Printulu Founder Printing


Rank Name Age Business Position Industry
1 Rivo Mhlari 23 Rikatec Founder Information management
6 Berno Potgieter and Thatoyoana Marumo 28 & 28 Domestly Co-founders Cleaning app/Startup
13 Nneile Nkholise 29 iMed Tech Founder Medical
15 Riaz Moola 26 Hyperion Development Founder Coding/Education
18 Jaun Pienaar 27 Apex Media Founder Online/Video Production
22 Melvyn Lubega 28 GO1 (Go One) Founder Compliance/Training
24 Cukia Kimani and Ben Myres 26 & 25 Nyamakop Games Co-founders Gaming