Sir Stuart Ntlathi developed a microwave-griller combo from recycled appliances when he was just 13 years old. Today he runs the Stuart Ntlathi Science, Engineering & Technology Institute, aiming to put the fun back in science to inspire South African children to follow science-based careers.
Watching planes take off and land at Port Elizabeth International Airport inspired a passion for flying in Oyama Matomela; today she is one of South Africa's youngest pilots at just 23, and was the first woman to qualify as a pilot through an Eastern Cape bursary scheme.
Change will come to Africa if it educates its girls. Educated girls become women who earn more and have fewer, healthier children. They are able to raise themselves and their families out of poverty. Crucial to this education, is giving universal access to family planning and contraception.
One hundred years have passed since Mahatma Gandhi left South African shores to return to his home in India; the lessons he left have not been forgotten, and continue to inspire South Africans as the country builds a cohesive and inclusive national identity.
The Office of the Auditor-General is the backstop, the final check, the oversight on how public money is spent. Running the office is Tsakani Ratsela, right hand of the AG. She is the first woman appointed deputy AG, a role she takes very seriously as she promises South Africans she is deeply committed to their best interests.