Nominations for News24's 30 young Mandelas of the future are open - enter today!

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As South Africans prepare to celebrate the birthday of world icon Nelson Mandela on July 18, we're looking for young changemakers who are inspiring hope and keeping his spirit alive.  

His selflessness, resilience, compassion and vision for a democratic South Africa are just some of the qualities that the struggle stalwart is remembered for. 

News24 is looking for 30 young South Africans who embody the true spirit of Nelson Mandela, and who - in their own unique ways – are showing their passion for making a difference in South Africa.

We are counting on you, our readers, to help us find South Africans from all walks of life, aged 35 and younger, who will form part of this 2022 list of young leaders.

The categories for nominees are:  

Leadership

  • Any person who influences change in society with their leadership skills through writing, speaking or organising. This includes political leaders, activists and social commentators.

Compassion

  • Any person who felt compelled to make a change in society, with the resources that they had at their disposal. This includes community-based projects, social initiatives or movements which are central to social change. 

Creativity

  • Any person who uses art, culture or heritage to create awareness and deliver social commentary – giving a platform to marginalised voices. This includes writers, artists, directors, filmmakers, illustrators, photographers and performers.

Vision

  • Any person who possesses a vision for a better tomorrow, and has taken steps towards fulfilling it. This includes researchers, engineers, architects, entrepreneurs, innovators and disruptors.

Resilience

  • Any person who has shown persistence to achieve their dreams against all odds – defying societal and institutional barriers. This includes people from disadvantaged backgrounds or those who have been discriminated against, including women, members of the LGBTIQ+ community and differently abled individuals.

To submit your nomination, fill out this form.

After filling in the form, your application will only be complete once a high res profile photo of your nominee is emailed to 100mandelas@24.com

Please note: Entries close on Wednesday, 6 July at 23:59. More than one nomination per person will be accepted and you can nominate yourself.  

The final selection will be made by News24's panel.  

Enter today!

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