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SOUTH AFRICAN TRAILBLAZERS

About Trailblazers:
In the past when you asked a teenager what they would like to be in the future; the answer would be a career as a professional, climbing up the corporate ladder. But ask teenagers now the same question and the answer is much more varied. Youth of today are looking up to trailblazers like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk who have inspired and continue to inspire a new generation of innovators and entrepreneurs to tackle future needs and not-yet-created industries.
To usher in this new era of leading edge risk-takers, each year during Youth Day Commemoration Day we bring on stage and incorporate outstanding young South Africans who have made a difference not only in their lives but also those of their communities. These trailblazers are the President’s special guests on Youth Day.
South Africa’s young trailblazers boast a participant base comprising of those who have gone above and beyond their challenges to succeed in areas including but not limited to:
· Academia
· Entrepreneurship
· Science, Technology and Innovation
· Leadership development
· Design thinking
These young people are showcased, celebrated and profiled with the aim of inspiring the youth to apply themselves to become Trailblazers at a young and impressionable age. These young people have become job creators and employ other young people. Therefore, the Trailblazers Campaign seeks to urge learners to emulate them and ensure that South Africa produces more and more skills that are needed by the economy and to also skills that enrich our culture and heritage

 

 See examples of South Africa’s trailblazers whom we have profiled in the past:

· Dr. Nokwethemba Mtshali-Hadebe, the youngest hospital CEO in SA (2016)
·  Ms. Asnath Mahapa, South Africa's first black female pilot (2016)
· Software developer who produces defensive strategies to prevent cyber-attacks, Ms. Angel Shozi.
· Ms. Dorcas Modise, a chemical engineer at Eskom.
· Ms. Zinhle Yende, a plumber, who is part of the Department of Water and Sanitation’s War
on Leaks Programme.
· Award winning musician and rap artist, and winner  of  the Song  of  the Year  at  the South African Music Awards this month, Mthembeni “Emtee” Ndevu (2015)
· Phuti Chelopo with a Master of Science in medical science, and focuses on the use of Nano- medicine for drug delivery purposes.
 
Young entrepreneurs:
o   Mr Thabiso Mncwabe and Mr Zenzele Dlomo manufacture toilet paper,
o   Sofia Stodel manufactures leather goods,
o   Sandile Shezi is a forex trader,
o   Tlabu Diseko produces aluminum products, and windows
o   Makheda Khoza who runs a cooperative which produces cooking oil and beauty products from Marula plant extracts.
 
· Winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Theatre, Ms. Jade Bowers (2015/2016)
· Film director who produces films, reality shows, documentaries and other forms of entertainment, Ms. Noxolo Mthethwa.
· Mechanical engineer, who has worked in several power stations and fields, Mr Luvuyo Feni.
· Chemical engineering technician, Mr Siyabonga Gift Xaba.
· Creative designers, Andile Dyalvane.
To nominate a young person as part of the #100Trailblazers for 2018, please send an e-mail to: Trailblazers@nyda.gov.za
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