Forbes Africa recognised some of South Africa’s biggest stars in its fifth ’30 under 30′ list. The list honours influential young entrepreneurs, tech stars and artists

This year 120 ‘game-changers’ from across the continent made the list.

They were recognised in the business, creative, sport and technology categories.

Here’s a look at some of the local stars who were honoured for making big moves in their industries


Thando Thabethe

Thando was recognised in the creative list. The 29-year-old actress and radio presenter is also a businesswoman building an empire. Her Thabooty’s Underwear & Shapewear range has been an overwhelming success and she says she is just getting started.

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“I was pleasantly surprised, I knew I’d been working hard and had done well in my career so far but didn’t know I was on the radar of a brand as great and globally recognised as Forbes magazine,” she told TshisaLIVE about making the list.

Thando is also one of the honourees who feature on the magazine’s ’30 under 30′ cover.

“Black child, your dreams are valid!!! Thank you @forbesafrica for recognizing my work and contribution in my field of work. I am a Forbes 30 under 30 graduate and I am on the cover of Forbes Magazine,” she wrote on Instagram.


Boity Thulo

Not only is Boity a successful TV presenter and rapper but she is also a wellness entrepreneur.

The 29-year-old launched her very own pharmaceutical company in 2017. Human Limitless, which supplies her body toning supplement Boity Toning Support, was three years in the making. Boity says it has always been a dream to be part of the Forbes ’30 under 30′ list.

“[It] was on my 2017 Vision Board. The Universe is always listening and will respond when you are ready to receive your gift,” she wrote on Instagram.