As the world pays homage to the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, News24 is celebrating a new generation of heroes who are committed to building the South Africa of Madiba's dreams. 

Join News24 in celebrating 100 exceptional young individuals who are making outstanding contributions to their communities and leaving an indelible mark on the country in the following six categories: 

  • Climate Literacy and Sustainability 
  • Social Justice 
  • Innovation 
  • Mental Health 
  • Humanitarianism 
  • Deepening Democracy 

 This new generation of trailblazers, named 100 Young Mandelas of the Future, have displayed extraordinary talent, unwavering passion, and a deep commitment to making a positive difference in our country.  

Click through their profiles to learn more about their extraordinary work and let their stories inspire you to embrace your own power to ignite change. 

"Young people are capable, when aroused, of bringing down the towers of oppression and raising the banners of freedom."
Nelson Mandela


The young people who are playing a significant role in responding to the impact of climate change, including efforts and activities that focus on mitigation, adaption, and education.


The young people who are creating awareness about mental health or providing support services that are addressing issues such as stigma and limited access to care.   


The young people who are advocating for social justice causes and systemic change, including initiatives and movements related to equal education, LGBTQI+ inclusion, gender, and racial equality, and more. 


The young people who are taking steps to create and develop impactful offerings such as products, services, processes, technologies, and business opportunities. 


The young people who are using the resources at their disposal to serve and uplift local communities, including community-based projects, social initiatives or movements which are combating poverty, unemployment, and inequality. 


The young people who are creating platforms and opportunities to strengthen and revitalise democratic values without political affiliation, including electoral education, voting rights, civic engagement, and the rule of law. 

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