7 South African Female Entrepreneurs Under 30 Making Waves In Africa

Despite the harsh economic conditions in South Africa, a number of young South Africans, particularly the South African under 30 Female Entrepreneurs, have continued to make a difference in Africa and the world at large.

Apparently, ordinary South Africans are the most affected by the harsh economy with many, speeding off to other countries for greener pasture.

Nevertheless, SA youths have continued to push forward the country’s economy with a few of them setting up an empire of their dreams through their various businesses. Businesses owned by blacks including South African under 30 Female Entrepreneurs have also grown, thanks to the Zuma-led government which provided support to small-scale businesses.

Hence, in honour of the June 16 Youth Day which commemorates the Soweto uprising of 1976 BuzzsouthAfrica put together a collection of 7 outstanding South African under 30 female entrepreneurs taking the South African economy to the next level.

Murendwa Mmabasotho

Murendwa Mmabasotho Mukwevho is a multimillionaire, with a string of businesses varying from logistics to printing. The 26-year-old is a poised and humble woman who is always ready to help other SA young women become successful in their businesses.

Thato Kgatlhanye  & Rea Ngwane

Kgatlhanye (24) and Ngwane (25) are childhood friends and are now among the South African under 30 female entrepreneurs. The two co-founded Repurpose School bags for poor South African students using recycled plastics. The plastic bags which are affordable for all poor SA students feature a solar panel in the flap which gets charged when the students walk to and back home. These charged solar panels help to provide lighting at night for the students to study. Rea Ngwane has since left Repurpose.

Claire Reid

Reid is one of the well-known young figures in entrepreneurship. She invented a biodegradable seed tape which takes the hassle out of growing domestic vegetable and herb gardens. Her company, Reel Gardening, use the innovation to produce its own garden-in-a-box products, which targets consumers looking for a quick, affordable and simple means to produce their own food. Today, Reid’s Reel Gardening is stocked by the South African grocer, Food Lover’s Market.

Rapelang Rabana

Rabana who is one of the young 30 under 30 female entrepreneurs is the founder and CEO of Rekindle Learning, an education technology company that believes in using the transformative powers of computer and mobile devices to overcome educational inefficiencies.

How to Convert South African Rand To Japanese Yen

She is also a co-founder of Yeigo Communications, a major software company based in Cape Town. She co-founded the business alongside Wilter du Toit and Lungisa. She is an Ambassador and Juror for the United Nations World Youth Summit Awards. She is also listed by Forbes on 30 under 30 – Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs.

Laureen Edwards

Edwards (27) is the co-founder and Managing Editor at VoiceMap, a South African tourism app that allows you to choose stories written by local journalists and tour guides that combine an audio account to your GPS. She graduated from Rhodes University with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts.

Based in Cape Town, VoiceMap is growing fast, with tours available in a growing list of cities across six continents including London, Bangkok, Sydney, Washington DC, Berlin, San Francisco, Buenos Aires and Beijing.

Dr Adriana Marais

Marais is a young aspiring martian who is currently one of the 100 Mars One Project astronaut candidates in the running to move to the red planet in 2026.  She looks forward to continuing her research on Mars and possibly even contribute to the discovery of evidence that life once existed there.

She is currently busy preparing for her departure, getting training on farming and agriculture to make sure they are able to survive on Mars. She is also acquiring other necessary skills such as medical training, basic scientific and engineering skills to maintain the equipment they will be using.

See Also: Poverty In South Africa: 5 Painful Facts You Don’t Want To Know

Following the above listed young South African under 30 female entrepreneurs, there’s no gainsaying that young South Africans are making good use of every opportunity to make it in life.

But like the former Public Protector rightly stated during the 2017 youth day dialogue at the Thuli Mandosela Foundation, young South Africans do not need to be taught how to lead because they are already leaders, all they need is to be recognised by political leaders and the South African society as leaders.

Was this article helpful?
Rachael Gumede
Rachael Gumede
Rachael is a content developer and a huge music geek. Her natural storytelling abilities combined with her quick thinking, and critical evaluations makes her the queen of addictive stories. When she is not writing about people and events that matter, she is probably listening or dancing to some real, cool jams.
data-matched-content-rows-num="2" data-matched-content-columns-num="4" data-matched-content-ui-type="image_stacked" data-ad-format="autorelaxed">


Dissecting Yolanda Mvelase’s Age and The Love Story That Made Her Kwesta’s Wife

Everyone loves to hear a good love story, especially, one with a happy ending which seems to be the case for -year-old Yolanda Mvelase...

Sordid Details Of Thabile Dube’s Time as Benjamin Dube’s Wife

Thabile Dube is a beautiful, vibrant, and hard-working woman who is best considered the Dube ministry's first lady. She used to be a huge...

Revelations About Busiswa’s Child, Baby Daddy and Physical Abuse Scandal

In 2019, Busiswa Gqulu, and her baby daddy, Katlego Mlangeni, were in the news but not for a good reason. There were stories about...

A Full Look At Nomcebo Zikode’s New Songs and Musical Career So Far

Nomcebo Zikode is one South African musician who has held the world spellbound with her strong musical sense, especially in the viral song Jerusalama,...

These Facts Will Tell You All About TV Personality Rorisang Thandekiso

Rorisang Thandekiso is a disciplined, smart, and beautiful young woman whose life story is a huge inspiration to youths. Despite starting off as a...

Featured Today

Converting South African Rand To British Pound Is No Longer As Hard As You Thought It Was

Zandile Msutwana’s Real Age and Her Affair With Another Woman’s Husband

Zandile Msutwana is no stranger to anyone who has been following the South African movie industry. The actress rose to fame in the second...

How to Sign Up to Showmax Subscription Packages, Their Prices and How To Cancel

Showmax is a video-on-demand streaming service that allows subscribers to have access to a wide range of TV series, movies, kids' shows, and documentaries...

Revelations About Edwin Sodi’s Birthplace, Biography and Early Influences

Edwin Sodi is one of the many South African millionaires who need no form of introduction as not only has his wealth put him...

How Much Is Showmax Per Month and Is It Better Than Netflix?

It is absolutely normal for anyone to choose the best at the cheapest and most affordable rates among many offers. With so many videos-on-demand...

How Bob Mabena’s Wife Eucharist Hadebe Is Faring Since His Demise

It is difficult to fathom what it must be like for Eucharist Hadebe to grieve her beloved husband's death, considering that they both were...
Was this article helpful?

Related Stories