San Beda stretches streak to 12, clinches twice-to-beat

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Beda secured a twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs as they fought off a tough stand from Arellano, 83-72, Thursday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre.Robert Bolick flirted with a triple-double as he fired 13 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds, including the last four points for the Red Lions to finally put the Chiefs away.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Javee Mocon registered 14 markers, seven boards, and five assists, while Jeramer Cabanag posted a career-best 14 points, six of which coming in the fourth quarter, to go with two rebounds.Donald Tankoua also added 11 markers and five boards in the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogCoach Boyet Fernandez is glad to keep San Beda’s 12-game winning streak rolling, but warned his players of complacency, especially as it prepares for its final eliminations assignment against Lyceum and the Final Four.“As what I’ve always said to my players, we only have to take good care of ourselves. We cannot pray for other teams to lose, other teams to win. All we have to do is take care of ourselves and win our games. Whatever will be the result, we’re always ready and prepared,” he said. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson SAN BEDA 83 – Cabanag 14, Mocon 14, Bolick 13, Tankoua 11, Noah 7, Soberano 7, Adamos 4, Abuda 3, Doliguez 3, Potts 3, Bahio 2, Cariño 2, Tongco 0.ARELLANO 72 – Salado 17, Cañete 15, Viloria 15, Flores 6, Dela Cruz 5, Concepcion 3, Meca 3, Nicholls 3, Taywan 3, Enriquez 2, Abanes 0, Alcoriza 0.Quarters: 21-17, 43-40, 61-55, 83-72. How to help the Taal evacuees Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES MOST READ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The Red Lions had a hard time shaking off the desperate Chiefs in the game as Arellano cut the deficit to as low as four, 67-63 with 7:34 remaining.But Cabanag and AC Soberano commandeered San Beda’s 9-0 blast to restore order and take a 13-point lead, 76-63, with 5:31 to play.Kent Salado paced Arellano (5-9) with 17 points, three assists, and two rebounds, but his efforts weren’t enough as the Chiefs lost three of their last four games.Michael Cañete and Kraniel Viloria both had 15 markers in the defeat.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up PVL goes to Tuguegarao, Bacolod, Iloilolast_img read more

“Mad rush” for land at Millie’s Hideout – Region 10 REO

first_imgAs some 628 applications have been received for land at Millie’s Hideout, there continues to be a “mad rush” for land, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Regional Executive Officer (REO) Orrin Gordon said.According to the REO, with the Region Ten administration’s efforts in constructing a road that will lead to the Berbice River, the interest by farmers and others to secure land there continues to be significant.Millie’s Hideout is the area in Region 10 where Police conduct constant raids as it is a haven for marijuana cultivation. This year alone, Police have unearthed and destroyed thousands of marijuana plants on large acreage in that area.According to Gordon, Government had given the region $13 million, which was supposed to complete some two miles of road; however, they were able to complete nine miles instead, and is determined that the project which was originally pegged at $300 million can be completed for one-fifth of that amount.Gordon said that some 628 persons have applied for land at the area, noting that the interest in farming continues to increase, and stressed that the public is becoming aware that agriculture is critically important to Guyana.He disclosed that from the 628 applications, the Region has some 21,000 acres of land that will be distributed among the applicants. He added that the region is awaiting the green light from Guyana Lands and Survey Commission before the applications are processed.The REO stressed that the greatest challenge facing the Region Ten administration in its distribution is that the Lands and Survey Commission is not moving as fast as they expected them to move, noting that its slowing the process.REO Gordon declared that the lands that the Region intends to distribute are for serious farmers, warning that the monitoring and evaluation process would be rigged so as to ensure that those who are genuine about farming can benefit.In June, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo called on President David Granger to answer for a massive distribution of prime State lands to certain employees of the Ministry of the Presidency, as well as to cronies in the PNC-led A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) fraction of the coalition Government and officials of the States Assets Recovery Agency (SARA), which were supposed to recover State assets.Meanwhile, the Opposition Leader said its quite worrying since a top-ranking official of Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) also received land. That land is located at Millie’s Hideout in Linden.last_img read more

Volunteers needed for national tournament

first_imgThe city of Dawson Creek is looking for help when it hosts the 2012 Under-18 National Women’s Hockey Championship.This is the first time the City will be hosting the national tournament.- Advertisement -Organizers of the eight team tournament, which is set to take place Nov. 7-11 at the Encana Event Centre, are asking for qualified volunteers to help fill a number of important positions.There are a number of positions that must be filled in order for the national tournament to run smoothly. Some of those positions include directorate, finance, media services, protocol and accreditation, transportation, sales, souvenirs, 50/50 and lottery, as well as special events and general volunteers.Organizers are requesting that people who are interested in volunteering for any of the positions submit their resume as soon as possible and please specify which position is being applied for.Interested applicants can submit their resumes via email to Tara Mayoros at Tmayoros@dawsoncreek.ca .Advertisementlast_img read more

Liberation for mammals?

first_imgThe second burst had shown up in the fossil record, MacPhee said. But he said the new study explains why scientists have been unable to find relatively modern-looking ancestors of the creatures known from that time: Without any evolutionary boost from the dinosaur demise, those ancestors were still relatively primitive. Other experts praised the large scale of the new evolutionary tree, which used a controversial “supertree” method to combine data covering the vast majority of mammal species. It challenges paleontologists to find new fossils that can shed light on mammal history, said Greg Wilson, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. William J. Murphy of Texas A&M University, who is working on a similar project, said no previous analysis had included so many mammal species. However, he said, “I don’t think this is the final word.” The study’s approach for assigning dates was relatively crude, he said, and some dates it produced for particular lineages disagree with those obtained by more updated methods. So as for its interpretation of what happened when the dinosaurs died off, “I’m not sure that conclusion is well-founded,” Murphy said. John Gittleman, a study co-author and director of the University of Georgia Institute of Ecology, said the researchers considered a range of previously reported dates for when various lineages split. They found the overall conclusions of the study were not significantly affected by which dates they chose, he said. Researchers should now look at such things as the rise of flowering plants and a cooling of the worldwide climate to explain why ancestors of modern-day mammals took off before the dinosaurs died out, Gittleman said. The cause of the later boom is also a mystery, he said. The study’s family tree includes 4,510 species, more than 99 percent of mammal species covered by an authoritative listing published in 1993. (Nearly 300 species have since been added to the listing, but the researchers said that doesn’t affect their study’s conclusions.) To construct it, the researchers combined previously published work that relied on analysis of DNA, fossils, anatomy and other information. S. Blair Hedges, an evolutionary biologist at Pennsylvania State University, said the new work “pushes the envelope in the methods and data, and that’s really important.” He said the demise of the dinosaurs may have affected mammal evolution by influencing characteristics like body size rather than boosting the number of new species created. Such changes wouldn’t be picked up by the new study, he noted. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Maybe you learned this in school: The big dinosaur die-off 65 million years ago was a liberation for mammals, and they quickly produced a bunch of new species that included ancestors of humans and other modern-day creatures. Remember? Well, a new study says, forget it. Scientists who constructed a massive evolutionary family tree for mammals found no sign of such a burst of new species at that time among the ancestors of present-day animals. Only mammals with no modern-day descendants showed that effect. “I was flabbergasted,” said study co-author Ross MacPhee, curator of vertebrate zoology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. At the time of the dinosaur demise, mammals were small, about the size of shrews and cats. The long-standing idea has been that once the dinosaurs were gone, mammals were suddenly free to exploit new food sources and habitats, and as a result they produced a burst of new species. The new study says that happened to some extent, but that the new species largely led to evolutionary dead ends. In contrast, no such explosion of species was found among the ancestors of modern-day mammals like rodents, cats, horses, elephants and people. Instead, researchers report in today’s issue of the journal Nature, they showed an initial burst between about 100 million and 85 million years ago, with another between about 55 million and 35 million years ago. The timing of that first period of development generally agrees with the conclusions of some previous studies of mammal DNA, which argue for a much earlier origin of some mammal lineages than the fossil record does. last_img read more

Arsenal v Barcelona: This is exactly what will happen tonight at the Emirates

first_img4 Arsenal face the unenviable task of stopping Lionel Messi and co. in the Champions League on Tuesday as Barcelona travel to north London.While there are many pundits predicting a goal-fest for the Catalan giants, here is a more light-hearted prediction of what could unfold at the Emirates…Francis Coquelin begins the night by scything down Messi in the opening minutes and somehow escapes a red card. However, Arsene Wenger claims he “did not see it” as he was too busy trying to zip up his coat.via GIPHYArsenal start well, as Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez go close and belief engulfs the home fans.The Gunners duly take the lead, as Olivier Giroud’s freshly-styled quiff gets enough on the ball to guide Sanchez’s cross into the bottom corner.  via GIPHYSatisfied with their opening few minutes work, Arsenal sit back and find themselves 3-1 down 15 minutes later, with Neymar bagging a brace and Luis Suarez getting the third.The camera cuts to Thierry Henry celebrating in the stands with an Arsenal-Barcelona ‘half and half’ scarf. Jack Wilshere challenges Lionel Messi in 2011 Per Mertesacker – left in a daze after fast moving objects by the names of Neymar and Suarez flash past him – is withdrawn at half time at the request of Hollywood director Peter Jackson, who wants the German to star as an Ent tree-like being in his next adaptation of a J.R.R Tolkien book.via GIPHYAn interactive poll for who should replace Mertesacker takes place during the break and is won by Gunnersaurus, who immediately lines up next to Laurent Koscielny at the back.Twitter then erupts and celebrity fan Piers Morgan makes a witty comment about Gunnersaurus being only the second footballing dinosaur on display, after Wenger. Barcelona dominate possession in the second half, which begins to frustrate Mesut Ozil, who is so concerned about his assist-to-game ratio he begins to play killer balls through to ‘MSN’, and is applauded by Gunners for his imagination and ‘out-of-the-box thinking’.via GIPHYOne of Ozil’s passes finds Lionel Messi, who has had a stinker of a game due to his complete inability to score against Petr Cech (a run which now stretches to eight games), but the Argentine is brought down in the area after a clumsy foul from Gunnersaurus.Messi, totally psyched out by Cech, slips as he steps up to strike the ball, but the ball rolls two yards into the path of Suarez, who taps in. The commentators hail Messi’s genius, while the watching Thierry Henry and Robert Pires get their coats.Meanwhile, Wenger throws a pound coin in the direction of Suarez and whispers “there’s 40 million more where that came from”.Despite losing 4-1, Arsenal win a Twitter poll to decide the most likely Champions League winners and the home side take a celebratory selfie…center_img 4 4 4last_img read more

Rose Bowl activists sue to stop initiative

first_imgRose Bowl neighborhood activists filed suit Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court seeking to thwart Pasadena councilman Chris Holden’s effort to put an initiative on the ballot that would require the city to resume negotiations with the league. The suit asks that the court stop the initiative process because it violates several provisions of state law, including the naming of a private corporation in this case, the NFL in an initiative. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the WeekSan Antonio denial New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson said he hasn’t made any plans to move the NFL team to San Antonio. Benson’s statement came two days after New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said talk of moving the Saints in the wake of Hurricane Katrina was a shameful act of disrespect to fans who supported the franchise for nearly four decades. But Benson said he wanted to “make it clear that no decisions have been made regarding our future plans,” and added that none would be made until the 2005 season is over. “There are many factors that will affect the future location of our team,” Benson said. “That is also true of many other New Orleans-based companies that are faced with deciding their future homes.” Viking punishment Minnesota coach Mike Tice said he would consider reducing playing time as punishment for Vikings found to have acted inappropriately or criminally at an infamous boat party. “Ultimately, we’re seeking to ask the court that the city isn’t forced to spend money on an invalid measure,” said Fredric Woocher, an attorney representing Pasadena First, a political action committee formed mainly by Rose Bowl neighborhood residents. :-by Billy Witz center_img Tice said he didn’t expect any punishments to be announced before Sunday’s game against Green Bay. Hennepin County sheriff’s office spokesman Sgt. Haans Vitek said there was nothing new to report. Injury update Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward was upgraded to probable for Sunday’s AFC North game at Cincinnati after missing a game for the first time in his NFL career with a hamstring injury last weekend. Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell sat out for much of practice with a strained left calf muscle, but remains listed as probable for this weekend’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. New York Jets receiver Justin McCareins strained his calf in practice and is questionable for Monday night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Gardai seek help in tracing movements of man found dead at house

first_imgGardaí investigating the sudden death of a man in his mid-40s in Buncrana are appealing for the public’s help.The man’s body was discovered in a house at Oakfield Close at 6.30pm on March 18th 2018.He was pronounced dead at the scene and a post-mortem examination was carried out at Letterkenny University Hospital by the Deputy State Pathologist Dr Linda Mulligan. His car was later found in a field at Slab Road in Burt which has been sealed for while a forensic examination is being carried out.A Garda spokesman said “While we can say that the man died from natural causes, there were some unexplained injuries to the body consistent with either a fall or as a result of being in a vehicle that was involved in a collision“Shortly before midnight on the 17th March Gardaí were called to the scene of a single-vehicle collision at Slab Road, Burnfoot.“A white Renault van had crashed, but there was no one present at the scene when Gardaí arrived. Gardaí are investigating a link between this van and sudden death of the man in Buncrana.” The van has been removed from the scene for a full technical examination and the roadway in the area of the crash is sealed off to facilitate a technical examination of the area by Garda Crime Scene Investigators.Anyone with information is asked to contact Buncrana Garda Station on 074 9320540.Gardai seek help in tracing movements of man found dead at house was last modified: March 22nd, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bodybuncranacrashGardaiinvestigaitonSlab Roadlast_img read more

Birdwatch Ireland appeals to Donegal garden owners to monitor sick birds

first_imgBirdwatch Ireland has appealed to Donegal people to record the number of sick birds they see in their gardens this winter.The appeal will be part of the group’s Irish Garden Bird Survey.It follows a worrying concern after one of Ireland’s most iconic native birds, the Greenfinch, fell to their lowest numbers ever last winter. The reason for the thousands of deaths was ‘finch trichomoniasis’ – a parasitic infection that kills infected birds.In the 1990’s and early 2000’s Greenfinches were recorded in around 90% of Irish gardens each winter, but their numbers since have plummeted and fewer than 60% of gardens had Greenfinches last winter.“The rapid decrease in Greenfinch numbers over the last 10 years has been extremely worrying, and last winter’s results suggest their decline hasn’t bottomed out yet,” said Brian Burke, who coordinates the survey for BirdWatch Ireland.“Thousands of people all over the country take part in the Irish Garden Bird Survey every winter, so we’re hoping to use the public’s help to get a better handle on where and when this infection is hitting birds over the winter. “As well as noting down the numbers of different bird species using their gardens each week, we need participants to tell us about any sick birds they see too.”The Birdwatch Ireland spokesperson revealed that the Trichomonas gallinae parasite poses no threat whatsoever to humans, nor indeed to any other mammals, including cats, dogs, horses, cattle and sheep.He added “It is strictly a bird disease and has been recorded in pigeon and bird of prey populations for a long time. It is even thought to have been a problem for the dinosaurs, from which modern bird ultimately evolved.“It ‘jumped’ to finches in Britain in 2007 and was first recorded in Ireland the following year. Since then it has caused huge declines in Greenfinches in many parts of northern Europe.”Brian Burke noted, “Finch species are the birds that are most likely to be affected by trichomoniasis. The symptoms that infected birds show include fluffed up feathers, difficulty swallowing food, sometimes with food stuck to their beaks, and an unusual reluctance to fly away when disturbed. “Nobody could have predicted that this parasite would start to impact our finch populations, but thankfully we had the Irish Garden Bird Survey in place before it happened, so we have the data to show just exactly how hard some species have been hit. We get a great response to the survey every winter, and this time around people can give added value to their records by letting us know about any sick birds they see.“Other finch species can be affected, most notably Chaffinches and Goldfinches, but their populations haven’t been impacted to the same degree. Chaffinch numbers did dip when the parasite first appeared, but their numbers have recovered,” according to Brian Burke. “Goldfinches have been doing well and trichomoniasis has done little to slow their growth. They’ve gone from being recorded in under 15% of gardens in the mid-1990’s to over 80% of gardens in recent years.”The free survey, now in its 31st year, is open to everyone in Ireland who wishes to take part, and the number of participants continues to grow each year.Birdwatch Ireland appeals to Donegal garden owners to monitor sick birds was last modified: November 27th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BIdrwatch Irelandbirdsgardensicksurveylast_img read more

Local Roundup: St. Bernard’s TJ Campbell named NorCal Offensive Player of the Week by prep sports website

first_imgEureka >> After passing for over 400 yards for the second straight week and passing for eight touchdowns, St. Bernard’s senior quarterback T.J. Campbell was named Northern California Offensive Player of the Week by prep sports website CalHiSports.com.In a 62-23 win over Ferndale on Saturday, Campbell passed for 442 yards and eight touchdowns. His eight TDs tie him for third place on the state’s most TD passes in a game list with more than 25 other quarterbacks according to the website. For …last_img read more

Youth Day 2016: 40 South Africans Under 40

first_imgTo commemorate Youth Day 2016, we look at the class of young South Africans under the age of 40 whose individual impact, small or great, have perfectly embodied the spirit of the class of 1976 in forging the country’s distinctive identity. (Image: Wikipedia)CD AndersonForty years ago South African youth influenced the way today’s young South Africans wield their own historical impact on the country.This Youth Day we highlight 40 South Africans born since 1976 who have changed South Africa, or even the world in their own unique way through politics, culture, business, sport and public service.Jeremy Nell aka Jerm – cartoonistContinuing a long tradition of strong, intelligent and sharp political art led by cartoonists such as Zapiro, Rico and Dr Jack, Jeremy Nell, known as Jerm, is currently one of South Africa’s best and most widely read satirists. At only 37, he has had a fruitful and eventful career so far, first contributing to The Times and The New Age newspapers before taking his current post as cartoonist-in-residence at Eyewitness News and eNCA websites. He also draws for a number of South African non-news publications. He was a finalist at the 2014 Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards, named one of the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans in 2012 and a winner of a number of local and international art and journalism awards. Jerm describes himself as “South Africa’s 39th best cartoonist”, but through his art and acerbic social media presence Jerm has an impressive cool-cache amongst the youth with sardonic observations on the absurdities of South African culture.Anne Hirsch – comedienneAnne Hirsch is South Africa’s queen of comedy. The Anne Hirsch Show on Youtube is one of the country’s most watched online channels and features interviews with some of the country’s most famous, most controversial and most loved personalities, all rounded out with Anne’s cheeky humour. Born and raised in Bloemfontein, Hirsch studied drama in Cape Town. She rose to fame winning the David Kau-produced So You Think You’re Funny reality show in 2009. In addition to her Youtube channel and a radio show that won an MTN Best Night Time Show award in 2013, Hirsch is also the popular host of the Great South African Bake Off. Hirsch’s fun, irreverent and youthful sensibility won her a SAFTA for Best Comedy Writing for the ZANEWS parody show, dislaying a firm but funny finger on the pulse of contemporary South African life.Redi Tlhabi – radio presenterRedi Tlhabi is a no holds barred radio presenter, writer, wife and mother. The undisputed queen of talk radio, Tlhabi’s 702 morning show is one of the most popular in the country. She can hold her own against the toughest politicians while showing compassion for ordinary South Africans. “I love the interaction that radio offers,” Tlhabi once told the Mail & Guardian newspaper, “it feels more like a dinner table conversation than a programme.” With a degree in journalism and honours in social science, Tlhabi understands the complexities of contemporary South African life. She is known to be fearless against inequality and injustice, yet cool and measured in the heat of the debate. Often called the voice of reason in the multimedia noise of the modern world, Tlhabi’s Twitter timeline is a constant and vigorous medium of debate and conversation with almost 300 000 followers.Mokena Makeka – architectAs one of the country’s leading architects, Mokena Makeka is helping create a unique South African aesthetic in its public spaces. His philosophy is to create dignified but modern structures that make South Africans proud of how the country looks to the outside world. His Makeka Design Lab has been involved in a number of high-profile building projects, including the rejuvenation of downtown Johannesburg and renovations to the Cape Town railway station. His company is also involved in the design and building of educational facilities around the country. “I run my studio as a place of learning and enquiry with a purpose,” he told Design Indaba. “Architecture is art. It needs personality and bravery.” Makeka is the South African representative on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Design and lectures at the University of Cape Town.Oliver Hermanus – filmmakerOliver Hermanus is one of South Africa’s most original filmmakers, using his passion for the art form to both drive social change and entertain audiences. Directing credits include Shirley Adams and Skoonheid. Hermanus tells uniquely South African stories with distinctive flare, yet never falls back on obvious narrative tropes. It is a style that translates both locally and globally, with Shirley Adams scoring SAFTA awards for Best Film and Director in 2009. Skoonheid won acclaim and awards at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. His latest film, Endless River is another personal story told with great performances and a tangible and earthy film palette. It became the first South African film to compete for the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival, paving the way for an assured international career.Lauren Beukes – writerLauren Beukes is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter and journalist who specialises in horror and supernatural speculative fiction with a distinctive African flavour. In addition to her fictional work, Lauren has a long tradition of social justice work within the arts community, paving a way forward for quality modern African literature and mentoring up and coming female and black writers. Beukes’s second novel, Zoo City, won the 2011 Arthur C. Clarke award for most original and outstanding science fiction work. Her follow-up, The Shining Girls, gained the attention of Stephen King who called it one of the best books he read in the last ten years.Sifiso Ngobese – entrepreneurAn entrepreneur with an environmental vision is a rare and necessary combination. While Sifiso Ngobese might not grab headlines like Elon Musk or Mark Shuttleworth, he is starting small by tackling the litter problem in Gauteng. He is using a ubiquitous city staple: the trolley waste collectors, known as the “Abomakgereza”. Ngobese’s Unconventional Media Solutions (UMS) project, which is quite literally rolling out industrially designed trolley-containers to South Africa’s thousands of waste recyclers, is slowly gaining converts. The project solicits advertising for the trolleys, offering the recyclers a percentage of the profits. The colourful, road safe containers enjoys support from brands such as Collect-A-Can, Nedbank and Red Bull. UMS’ first rollout of 200 trolleys in Gauteng, along with waste management and entrepreneurial training for the recyclers, is taking trash collection to a new level.Alan Knott-Craig Jr – entrepreneurAlan Knott-Craig Jr is South Africa’s mobile communications king, taking on the big names in the industry and changing the way ordinary South Africans access the internet through mobile devices. Not only was he the CEO of Mxit, the country’s largest and most popular mobile social network between 2009 and 2012, he is now heading up the Project Isizwe non-profit initiative to bring free Wi-Fi to the nation. The company’s flagship Tshwane operation follows the international model for urban internet accessibility, offering schools, libraries and public spaces user-friendly portals to the world. The project is looking to bring the free Wi-Fi revolution to other major cities in South Africa, but more important, to rural areas. In addition to being one of South Africa’s most creative ideas-people, Knott-Craig is also a proudly South African praise-singer for the country and its people. His ground-breaking motivational book Don’t Panic… urges all South Africans to play their role in building the country. His most recent book collaboration, So, You Want To Be A Hero, is a series of essays targeted at motivating young South Africans to break the mould in business and life.Ashleigh Moolman Pasio – road cyclistAshleigh Moolman Pasio is one of South Africa’s top road cyclists, building a quiet but consistent career over the last 10 years. She is the only South African ranked in the International Cycling Union (UCI) top 10 for 2015/16. She has competed in the 2012 Olympics, won bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and won first place in the 2015 African Continental Championships in both road race and time trial categories. Pasio also won last year’s 94.7 Cycle Challenge. She has been specifically tipped by Team South Africa coach Frank Dick to be one of the country’s medal contenders at the Rio Olympics in August. In a recent interview with Cycling News, she reiterated her passion for the sport and her country, “I hope [I] can inspire other South Africans and Africans to realise that with hard work, determination and sacrifice anything is possible”.Bheki Kunene – entrepreneurEntrepreneur Bheki Kunene is one of South Africa’s most celebrated and respected business minds, yet his story could have ended up differently. Kunene spend much of his youth trouble-making and on the run from the law, becoming almost notorious in his hometown of Gugulethu. That soon changed, as Kunene said in a 2015 interview with Radio 702, “my turning point came after I felt like giving up on myself. Society deemed me as a misfit and thought I belonged in jail, or dead. I felt I had nothing to lose anyway. The agony fuelled me to wanting to become successful.Bheki turned his life around and begin his own digital design agency with not much more than an idea, a computer and R600. His company Mind Trix Media is now one of South Africa’s top media agencies, celebrated both in South Africa and the world, with clients from four continents. He is ranked as one of Forbes List’s 30 most promising young entrepreneurs in Africa for 2015.Adriaan Strauss – rugby playerIt was hard not to miss the hulking presence and undeniable passion of Adriaan Strauss during last year’s Rugby World Cup. The 30 year-old Springbok and Bulls hooker has had a steady rise in his playing career, and has now become the Springbok captain under new coach Allister Coetzee’s game plan to inject more level-headed consistency and a bit of power into the team. Strauss has 55 caps for the national team, scoring six tries including two match-winning tries against Scotland at Murrayfield in 2013. Coetzee calls Strauss’ leadership a potential a watershed moment for the future of South African rugby, adding that “(Strauss) enjoys the respect of all the players and he has always fulfilled a leadership role wherever he played, since coming through the junior national structures.”Buti Manamela – Deputy Minister in the PresidencyAs a former youth leader, issues effecting young South Africans is something embedded in Manamela’s DNA, and as someone close to senior Minister Jeff Radebe and the President himself, he is able to bring those issues front and centre for the good of the country. Manamela has had a wide-ranging career for someone as young he is, having been a prodigious student activist in his Limpopo province in the early 1990s. He has been a community journalist and trade unionist. A Member of Parliament since 2009, he has fulfilled positions in the Economic Development, Trade and Labour portfolios. He also has extensive experience in pan-African and global economic partnerships. As one of the government’s new generation of grassroots politicians and agents of social change, Manamela is poised for to be even more influential in determining policy that strengthens the country’s democracy.Sihle Tshabalala – tech entrepreneurTshabalala’s story is one of powerful transformation: a reformed convict and prison gang member, he now runs one of most successful prisoner rehabilitation and support organisation in South Africa. Tshabalala began his Damascene journey while still incarcerated in the Brandvlei Correctional Centre in the Western Cape. He joined the Group of Hope, an initiative that assists prisoners in completing their basic education and developing sellable skills. After being released in 2013, he wanted to continue the good work he had started and created Brothers For All (B4All) an organisation that trains both reformed prisoners and the youth in computer programing and coding. Speaking to the Mail & Guardian in 2015, Tshabalala says his time behind bars drives his need to help society, saying “I believe with deep conviction (we all have the ability to) end the cycle of poverty and crime, (with B4All) offering technology skills to youth at risk, offenders and ex-offenders (creates an opportunity to change mind-sets and offer realistic hope).” With programming skills in much demand and an employment boom currently underway in the IT industry, the work done by Tshabalala and his organisation offers hope beyond a life of crime and his own experience is living proof of that.Simphiwe Dana – singerAs one of South Africa’s most successful music stars, Dana epitomises young South Africa’s message to the world: young, proud and beautiful. Not only a great singer, whose lyrical blend of modern jazz soul and African rhythms has set her apart from others, Dana is also an outspoken social activist for feminism and the rights of the youth. “I wish I didn’t feel so strongly about social injustice,” Dana told Gareth Cliff this year, “I wish I could just write music…(but) I like to fix people.” Hailed when she released her first album in 2004 as the new Miriam Makeba, Dana’s lyrics draws strongly on her upbringing in the Transkei, and she remembers the influence of her mother and her singing voice as a key motivator in both her career and her life. While she has become a mother herself, letting her music take a backseat (for now), Dana is still very much in the public eye and vocal on social media on topical local and global issues with her over 200,000 followers, with the appropriate handle of @firebrand.Angela Larkan – HIV/Aids activistFor almost ten years, the non-profit organization Thanda.org has helped fight the destructive impact of HIV/AIDS and poverty on rural communities, particularly on children. Thanda, begun by Larkan on the Kwa-Zulu Natal’s rural South Coast, supports over 300 orphaned children in the area, in early childhood development, education and other community services. Larkan and her work was featured in a 2011 Levi Strauss ad campaign Go Forth that highlighted pioneering NGOs. The campaign also featured actor Matt Damon’s Water.org safe sanitation project. Larkan and Thanda continue to work in unison with the people to build rural communities that are self-reliant, healthy places where residents respect one another and live sustainably, all while keeping the education and health of children as priority. The organisation has won numerous awards for its work, including the 2010 Brand South Africa Mzansi Soul award and a Southern African Drivers of Change Award in 2011.Musa Manzi – geophysicist and educatorDr Musa Manzi grew up poor in a rural village in KwaZulu-Natal, where poverty and God inspired him to become the man he is today. A natural-born teacher with a passion for knowledge, he starting teaching maths and biology to fellow students while still in matric. He always knew his destiny lay in education, and promised himself that when he could, he would give back to the next generation. “It is a lesson to all (students),” he told Mail & Guardian in 2014, “they shouldn’t let the troubles of their past prevent or limit them from reaching their potential.” He became the first black South African to obtain a PhD in Geophysics, and is currently doing ground-breaking work on seismic reflection data from the Wits Basin that has opened up new ways of understanding the distribution of methane gas along underground faults, something that goes a long to improving mining safety and resource evaluation. Manzi is also the first African to win the international award for the Best Research Paper published in Geophysics of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. Manzi is a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand, but also donates his time as a science and maths teacher in Alexandra schools, giving back opportunities that he often never had himself when growing up.Sanelisiwe Ntuli – poet and educatorInspired by her storyteller father who regaled her as a child with traditional African fables that had a rich history and strong identity, Ntuli was determined to keep those stories alive for the next generation. She believes even in this modern technological age, that stories have the ability to change the world, “by telling a story you can heal someone or change somebody’s life because we are surrounded by stories,” she told the Mail & Guardian in 2015. Mentored by South Africa’s doyenne of African storytelling, Gcina Mhlope, Ntuli is using stories to educate and promote literacy in the country’s poorest areas through her Funda Ubhale project. She is also a published poet and has performed spoken word monologues at literary festivals in South Africa and around the world. Funda Ubhale is currently presented in over 15 schools and focuses on teaching children to read and write through the art of storytelling and inspiring imagination.Sivu Siwisa – gender activistSiwisa is the creator of the Ikasi Pride initiative designed to raise awareness and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex (LGBTI) experience, particularly in townships and rural areas. The movement aims to advance understanding of the constitutional rights of LGBTI people by making information, support and resources readily available to combat the marginalisation of LGBTI people. “What keeps me inspired is the knowledge that someone before me worked tirelessly to push LGBTI rights in South Africa.” Siwisa told Mail & Guardian in 2014, “it is then not only my duty to guard those rights, but my responsibility to ensure that everyone else in the LGBTI community, regardless of gender, race or geographic location, enjoys those rights too.”Bruce Dube – tech entrepreneurDube creates and owns a number of highly influential digital media platforms, including youth portals, ecommerce sites, video platforms and online magazines, including the hugely popular education platform EduCan. He has been recognised as one of the British Council’s top 60 Global Change Makers in 2013 and one of the World Bank’s five most prominent young people from Latin America and Africa, as well as one of UNAIDS SA’s Youth Movers and Shakers. Inspired by young people with positive attitudes despite their circumstances, Dube knew that technology was key in giving go-getters better access to developmental information that could enhance their education, employment prospects and inspire their entrepreneurship. In addition to offering these mobile and internet portals, he also invests in youth start-ups across Africa when he sees the potential for making Africa a fully connected continent with the rest of the world. “It’s OK to be different,” is Dube’s life philosophy, “do what you can, use what you have, where you are and you can go far.”Pippa Tshabalala – tech journalistWith a multi-million local gaming industry growing yearly, it’s important that critical voices stand out to guide the consumer base, which is dominated by the youth, on the ins and outs of the industry, not only in the game technology itself but also in the surrounding social implications of technology that continues envelope everyday lives. Tshabalala has been a writer, TV producer and ardent gamer for over ten years and is one of the most respected journalists in her field. An outspoken critic of sexism in the gaming community, Tshabalala encourages more females to get involved in all aspects of the industry to change the status quo. She was a presenter on The Verge, South Africa’s first locally produced show dedicated to gaming and technology, and has written for a number of local and international publications on the advent of gaming and the local game design industry. She has presented talks at TEDxSoweto, highlighting the importance of gaming and technology in social change and also does consumer education for Vodacom.AB de Villiers – cricketerSuperhuman batting, a calm confidence and a fan-winning smile sums Proteas captain and batsman AB de Villiers perfectly, but he is much more. He is currently one of the game’s most popular proponents, both at home and around the world, thanks to his stylish gameplay and ability to strike any ball anywhere in the field, earning him the nickname ‘Mr 360’. AB plays in all formats of the game, including time with the fast-paced Indian Premier League, where he rivals even West Indian power-player Chris Gayle in both runs scored and popularity. As Proteas captain, he has fully mastered the modern game: AB holds batting records for the fastest fifty, hundred and one hundred fifty score in ODI cricket, the fastest Test hundred by a South African and the fastest T20 fifty by a South African. Ultimately, he is ranked by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as the best batsman in the world in all formats of the game right now. A fan favourite in South Africa, AB has used his popularity to begin cricket workshops in a number of rural schools, hoping to inspire youngsters to think and hit big. On his success, AB is humble but grateful, telling South African Cricket magazine that “I can never win a game alone. Every time I’m out there, it’s about the team and about the country.”Lauren Schroeder – palaeoanthropologistSchroeder is one of South Africa’s top archaeologists and experts working on the forefront of evolution and diversification of Pleistocene Homo, the ‘missing link’ between the Australopith extinct genus of hominids and the genus of modern humans over two million years ago. More simply, she explained to Mail & Guardian, “This period is important as it marks the emergence of our genus Homo; the beginning of our humanness.” Schroeder is involved with both the Malapa and Rising Star hominid projects at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. She is also part of the research team studying recent fossil discoveries, including Australopithecus sediba and Homo Naledi, all of which she describes as “unravelling questions about our origins adds an additional layer to our rich African identity and heritage.” Schroeder has authored a number of publications and academic presentations internationally, and will take up a post-doctoral research associate position at the State University of New York. But she hopes to return to South Africa to teach and share her passion for uncovering the secrets of humankind’s prehistory hidden away right here in South Africa. Her advice to learners and budding researchers is “never stop questioning.”Karen Zoid – singerDubbed South Africa’s ‘Queen of Rock’, Zoid has had an influence on not only her large rock music audience, but also on the greater national cultural landscape. Zoid shot to fame in 2001 with her iconic youth anthem Afrikaners is Pleiserig that poked fun and celebrated a generation coming of age in the new South Africa. A winner of numerous local music awards, including Best Female Artist SAMA in 2008, Zoid has toured right across the country, to diverse, appreciative audiences at South Africa’s premier music and cultural festivals, performing with the likes of Vusi Mahlesela, Dorothy Masuka and Zolani Mahola. Her duet with Francois van Coke, Toe Vind Ek Jou, is one of South Africa’s biggest iTunes hits and the most watched local music video on YouTube, with over 1 million views. In between live performances and her Kyknet talkshow Republiek van Zoid Afrika, Zoid is also a mentor on the popular reality TV show The Voice where she helps nurture new South African talent.Lady Skollie – artist and social media influencerNot only is Laura Windvogel, AKA Lady Skollie, one of South Africa’s leading contemporary artists, she is also one of the country’s most outspoken social media influencers through her various online social networks. She describes the power of immediate interaction possibilities of social media as empowering, telling the Superbalist fashion and culture website that “(the world is) definitely nearing a space where our thoughts and opinions resonate louder than ever before.”In between creating controversial yet engaging art, Skollie runs a full gamut of multimedia operations, including podcasting, photography and writing. It is on her Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds that she creates a uniquely South African, humourous and confrontational youth-orientated vibe that is winning her new fans daily.Faith47 – street artistFaith47 is the internationally-acclaimed South African street artist, with works exhibited on numerous public city spaces around the world, including Taipei, Manchester and Cape Town. Often compared to English art provocateur Banksy, in at least her temperament, Faith47’s art attempts to disarm the strategies of global realpolitik and speaks to the complexities of the history of the human condition and its global existential search.Mahala magazine calls her “one of South Africa’s most unflinching and overtly political artistic voices.” Her most famous works include the Capax Infiniti mural in Portland, US, and her Fees Must Fall graffiti at university campuses across South Africa.Siba Mtongana – chef and television personalityMtongana is a passionate and dynamic food enthusiast, bringing style and charisma to South Africa television food scene. Her popular DStv Food Network show Siba’s Table is broadcast in more than 130 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, USA, Australia and Asia. With a degree in Food, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences, Mtongana is popularising healthy living at both home and around the world, all with unique African flavours and an easy-going accessibility. She has won three prestigious Galliova (international food) Awards for her recipe development, food styling and food journalism, and, in 2014, was honoured by O magazine’s Power List as one of Africa’s most influential women alongside actress Lupita Nyong’o and South African Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.Victor Dlamini – writer, podcasterAs a former journalist, Dlamini has always asked tough questions and offered measured but passionate commentary on South African life. He left journalism and a stint in corporate communications to combine his two loves: photography and literature. His photography work includes portraiture of South African writers, artists and music stars. Dlamini hosts the popular Victor Dlamini Literary Podcast, where he hosts a number of top South African writers and literary experts, passionately analysing South African and African literature, in particular how language and the written word reflects the African experience. His life philosophy, he tells the Books Live website, is to “decide what is important in your own life, and then do it with all the love and care possible.”Tsitsi Chiumya – game designerAfter Robot is a uniquely South African board game, in the same vein as Monopoly or Risk, that uses the local taxi industry as a backdrop to learning how business works and understanding South African culture. The game is the brainchild of Chiumya and his game development team at Shapa Studios. Chiumya wants use locally designed board games and computer games as an educational tool and a community builder, much like the way he himself played in his youth, particularly the traditional game of morabaraba (or African chess). Speaking to the Mail & Guardian, he says his dream is to put South Africa on the gaming map, especially as board games begin to enjoy a resurgence around the world, adding that “games that are made from a South African or African perspective can create experiences that will cross cultures and bring all people of the world together.”Simon Mayson – urban plannerDirector of inner city transformation for the City of Johannesburg Mayson is tasked with solving the housing crisis in South Africa’s largest urban hub and does so with great enthusiasm, perfectly placed to make a real change for thousands of ordinary residents of the city. Mayson is currently co-ordinating the development of the Inner City Housing Implementation Plan, through a partnership with the Johannesburg Social Housing Organisation, Johannesburg Development Agency, the City’s Planning Department and Housing Department. “Inner-city Johannesburg,” Mayson told Mail & Guardian this year, “despite being a mayoral priority and pinpointed at provincial and national level as the hub and core of Gauteng, had neither formal policy, nor implementation by the housing department. Yet decent, affordable housing is arguably the key to transformation there.” He has worked across Africa, discovering new ways to meet the urban expansion challenges in a truly African way, embodying both the spirit of Ubuntu and the importance of uplifting ordinary citizens with on-the-ground interaction. “I aspire to be a change-maker, a thinker and a doer,” he says.Trevor Noah – comedian, TV presenterWithout doubt, Noah is the most famous South African in the world right now, having become the host of one of America’s most popular late night television shows, The Daily Show, where he brings his acerbic, down-to-earth African wit and cool outsider hipness to the realm of US politics and pop culture. But it has been a long road to where he is now, having done his time on the South African stand-up comedy circuit for over 15 years. He has acted and presented in various home-grown shows, before trying his luck in the US and Europe as a comedian. Equally able to tackle the US riotous pre-election season and the global politics, Noah has settled in nicely as Daily Show host, and the show has quickly made Noah a popular staple in the lives of young Americans’ (and South Africans).Itumeleng Khune – football playerThe safest hands in South Africa, Khune is a stalwart of the Bafana Bafana football team for over 10 years, and currently its captain. Khune began his sporting career as a school cricketer, but inspired by his father’s amateur football career and a desire to earn a living for his family, he started playing professional football, first as a defender with the Kaizer Chiefs junior league and then later as goalkeeper. He became Bafana Bafana’s first-choice keeper in 2008, competing in the African Cup Nations, Confederations Cup and the 2010 World Cup. He became the national team’s captain in 2013. He has won numerous awards as both national player and Chiefs fixture, including Premier Soccer League’s Footballer of the Year and the SA Sportsman of the Year, both in 2013. When not defending between the posts for Chiefs and his country, he spends time nurturing the next generation of South African football stars teaching the fine art of goalkeeping.Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng – medical doctorAs a general practitioner Mofokeng has always made it her primary mission to communicate and champion accurate and vital medical information, particularly on reproductive and sexual health. Through her popular Kaya FM radio show, in her forthright yet quirky style, she gets to do that on a larger scale. She encourages thousands of listeners to challenge rape culture, engender respect for patients among health practitioners and raise awareness of women’s health issues and sexual violence. Mofokeng also raises awareness via her social media platforms and on local and international television and runs a successful women’s health practice in Johannesburg. She is also vice-chairperson of the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition.“My end goal as a doctor is to ensure there are places where people can have their bodily integrity respected,” Mofokeng told the Mail & Guardian this year, believing that it starts with information and support, “in communities where there is support at every level, people tend to speak out more, because they know they are not alone. Without knowledge and support, people tend to remain silent, for fear of being shamed and victimised.”Kyle Louw – poet and culture commentatorA former IT specialist who discovered the art and power of spoken word performance as a way to express his creativity, Louw is one of South Africa’s leading poets. His “witty and entertaining, but intelligent and disturbingly shrewd” performances have inspired a resurgence in this largely underground art form. His poetry tackles a number of contemporary challenges, things like racism, overwhelming internet culture and social politics. Louw has won various local and international spoken word competitions including InZync, Poetica and the Open Book Festival, and has spoken at a Tedx Cape Town event. He is also the rhyming voice that welcomes travellers at Cape Town International Airport, as part of the city’s tourism campaign. In a world where the art of spoken word and rap can sometimes be full of bravado and artifice, Louw’s rhymes are thought-provoking and inventive. According to a critic writing for London’s Roundhouse Theatre during his performance there in 2015, “Louw has the ability to address each audience member individually allowing them to take whatever it is they need from his words which in turn transports listeners outside of their norm. When he speaks people stop and listen.”Ludwick Marishane – inventor and entrepreneurMarishane invented the “Dry Bath”, a revolutionary waterless sanitation system that is widely used in impoverished areas. The invention earned him global recognition, and in 2013, Time magazine named him as one of the top 30 people under 30 who are changing the world. Google also placed him as one of the 12 brightest minds in the world. Marishane used the success of the “Dry Bath” to start his own innovation hub, Headboy Industries, that focuses on ideas and inventions that add value to people’s lives. The hub also offers financing and training for young black entrepreneurs. An admirer of innovators like Elon Musk, Marishane doesn’t want to be known just as the “Dry Bath” guy, and is always to looking for new challenges and new ways to change the world. He feels social capital, like networking and creating an impactful word-of-mouth, is essential to finding success in business and innovation. There is a lot of money available to innovators with good products, but they just have to make the right noises.DJ Qness – musicianQness, whose real name is Qhubani Ndlovu, is one of South Africa’s premier house and EDM artists, globally recognised for his slick production and innovative music business savvy. At 17, he built his first recording studio and released his first album On Cue Volume 1 in 2009 which sold over 20 000 copies, thanks to the infectious melodies like Fugama Unamathe and Uzongilinda. He later used this clout to record with established artists like Simpiwe Dana and Zamajobe. Qness established himself and his music as a popular crossover genre, enjoying success on both national pop radio as well as more underground house music community. His street cred so solid that he was selected by American hip-hop star Dr Dre as the South African spokesperson for the Beats by Dre audio products. Qness tours extensively around the country and the rest of the world, bringing uplifting melodic Mzanzi sound to some of the top electronic festivals in Europe and the US.Siyabulela Xuza – rocket scientistXuza had always had his head in the stars as a child in the Eastern Cape, and was determined to make his mark both the world of science and the universe. He built his first fuel-efficient rocket on his mother’s kitchen table, and it won him the National Science Expo top prize and later, a gold medal at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair. So impressed with his new take on developing solid, reusable rocket technology, the US Nasa organisation named a newly-discovered minor planet in the Jupiter asteroid best after him: 23182 Siyaxuza. Xuza is a firm believer that hard work and not just brains is key to success, telling University of the Free State graduates at a ceremony in 2014 that “[my achievements] are not because I am smart, but because I never gave up”. He currently sits on the Africa 2.0 Energy Advisory Panel, a pan-African organisation of the continent’s brightest minds committed to seeking sustainable energy solutions. He is also furthering his research at Harvard University developing new energy technology for the good of the planet.Jonathan Liebesman – Hollywood directorLiebesman is currently one of the most sought after action directors in Hollywood, having proven his talent in big budget blockbusters like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie in 2014 and the sleeper action hit Battle: Los Angeles in 2011. Liebesman is a graduate of the highly esteemed AFDA film school in Johannesburg and cut his teeth in filmmaking specialising in short film. After spending years on the US independent film festival circuit, showcasing his self-financed films, he drew the attention of Hollywood action auteur Michael Bay who recruited him to helm a number of Bay’s production company’s smaller films, including a remake of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre cult classic. Liebesman still describes himself as proudly South African despite his international success and hopes to write and film South African stories for the global market as his career matures.Rebecca Davis – journalistDavis is a journalist, columnist and social media commentator with a flair for concise, constructive and often humourous observations on South African politics and pop culture. She has written for the Daily Maverick website, the Mail & Guardian and the Sunday Times. Davis has also worked in radio, written for satirical TV show ZA News and is a published author. She is an ardent defender of women’s and LGBTI rights. Her Twitter presence, with over 33 000 followers can be best described as Liz Lemon meets Hunter Thompson: irreverent, clever, confrontational but always sincere, whether she’s covering parliament, watching television or fighting injustice. She is an essential read for every South African.Athandiwe Saba – data journalistFormer City Press editor Ferial Haffajee describes colleague Saba as a “digital data guru” and one of the few South African journalists constructively using data to tell compelling stories. Saba herself calls data journalism an invaluable tool for media in the 21st century, when using facts and figures make the difference between a bad story and a trusted one. Saba was part of the team that won the CNN African Journalism of the Year award for deciphering the logistical paper trails behind the Marikana tragedy in 2012. Saba works closely with young journalism students in using data to enhance investigative reporting beyond hearsay and unreliable sources.Terry Pheto – actressPheto shot to fame in the 2005 Oscar-winning Tsotsi, having never acted in film and television before. She has since gone on to become one of South Africa’s most sought after actresses locally and internationally. Pheto has leading roles in Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom and the South Africa crime drama How to Steal 2-Million, for which she won a Best Supporting Actress award at the 2012 African Movie Academy Awards. In addition to her TV work in local dramas Hopeville and Jacob’s Cross, she landed a significant role in US daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful in 2011. In between work in theatre and being the South African face for L’Oreal, and extensive charity work, Pheto will next feature in the big budget UK production film on the life of Botswana’s first democratic president Seretse Khama, titled A United Kingdom.Source: Mail & Guardian Young 200 South Africans,Wikipedia, South African History Online and other online sources.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more