Any young businessman, or woman, dreams of making it on the prestigious Forbes top 30 Under 30.
The list, which consists of young game changers in a specific industry, is released each year. Forbes finally released this year's top 30 Under 30 and a couple of notable South Africans made the cut.
So, Briefly.co.za decided to take a closer look at the South African business people who were featured on the list.
1. Roger Boniface
Boniface is the founder and executive director of EDISIM. According to Forbes, EDISIM is a project which betters the learning experience of pupils by using a simulator to provide real-life lessons.
According to reports, the 29-year-old has an annual turnover of R13 million.
2. Sihle Ndlela
Ndlela is the co-founder of Majozi Bros Construction. The company started with nothing but within a short period of time Majozi Bros Construction because one of the leading businesses of its kind in KwaZulu-Natal.
To top it off, the 28-year-old had the opportunity to go into this business venture with his friend, Simphiwe Majozi. The allegedly met on a cold call but soon became friends. And, before long they founded the company together.
3. Vere Shaba
Vere Shaba is one inspirational woman- not only is she succeeding in a male-dominated industry, but she managed to turn her frustration into a profitable business.
The 29-year-old mechanical engineer founded Shaba & Ramplin Green Building Solutions, a company which incorporates engineering, green buildings and interiors services.
She founded the company in 2016 after quitting her job at Volkswagen, where she felt her potential was going to waste.
4. Wesley Beneke
Beneke is the founder of WCB Construction, a company with notable clients such as the Western Cape government and the SA Roads Agency.
Although he grew up in an entrepreneurial family, the 29-year-old admitted his road to success was not easy- especially since he's a black man in a ‘white rich man’ industry.
5. Joey Friedman
Joey Friedman is one of the younger South Africans on the list- at the age of just 26, he already founded several companies.
In 2009, Friedman started a company called Bobble, which manufactures bottle that filters water. He then took on real estate, opening a business called Fresh Reality.
However, his big break came five-years-ago after he Lounge Around, which forms part of the LA Group of Companies.
Other South Africans who made Forbes 30 Under 30 business list include:
Zuko Tisani, the 25-year-old founder of Legazy Technology Conferencing
Zareef Minty, 24, the founder of ZRF Holidings
Jack Mthembu, 27, the founder of First One Adventures
Reabetswe Ngwane, 25, the co-Founder of KreamFields
Anelisa Mntuyedwa, 28, founder of Gilbert Civils
Alexander Knieps, 27, founder of Printulu
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