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Trevor Noah Voted 2016 Most Influential Young South African


Trevor Noah, the South African host of The Daily Show, has been voted the 2016 Most Influential Young South African in a public ranking poll by reputable rating establishment, Avance Media.
2016 saw Comedian Trevor Noah, making The Daily Show become a global phenomenon, and was among the top commentators for the 2016 US Presidential Elections which also had him interview US Ex-Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.


Votes which drew public participation from about 90 countries from across the globe also endorsed DJ Zinhle, Nasty C, Caster Semenya and Sibusiso Leope as among the top 5 young South Africans who influenced South Africa and beyond in 2016.
DJ Zinhle known in private life as Zinhle Jiyane, and one of the few women in South Africa who took up a career in Disc Jockeying also got voted as the Most Influential Young Lady in the ranking.

Below are the Young South Africans voted as the Most Influential in their various categories related to their field of work:
  ·         Business: Tebogo Ditshego – CEO, Ditshego Media.
  ·         Sports: Caster Semenya – Athlete
  ·         Media: Trevor Noah – Host, The Daily Show
  ·         Lifestyle: DJ Zinhle    
  ·         Entertainment: Nasty C
  ·         Law & Governance: Julius Malema – Leader, EFF
  ·      Social Entreprise & Philanthropy: Lebang Nong – Founder , Katleho Pele Education
   ·          Leadership & Civil Society: Khaya Dlanga
   ·         Personal Development & Academia: Sibusiso Leope
   ·         Science & Technology: Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng

MD of Avance Media, Prince Akpah extended his appreciation to all who participated in the inaugural ranking polls for South Africa and advised young people to learn and be inspired by the stories of these young achievers as they represent South Africa on the globally.
Below is the Official 2016 Ranking of 100 Most Influential Young South Africans

  1.      Trevor Noah
  2.      DJ Zinhle
  3.      Nasty C
  4.      Caster Semenya
  5.      Sibusiso Leope
  6.      Tebogo Ditshego
  7.      Sandile Shezi
  8.      Wayde van Niekerk
  9.      Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng
  10.  Julius Malema
  11.  Khaya Dlanga
  12.  Cassper Nyovest
  13.  Akani Simbine
  14.  Bonang Matheba
  15.  Mbuyiseni Ndlozi 
  16.  Lebang Nong
  17.  Siyabulela Xuza
  18.  Mduduzi Manana
  19.  Vusi Thembekwayo
  20.  Catherine Constantinides
  21.  Itumeleng Khune
  22.  Thabang Mabuza
  23.  Thabang Mathopo
  24.  Khusela Sangoni
  25.  AKA
  26.  Minnie Dlamini
  27.  Mmusi Aloysias Maimane
  28.  Ashley Uys
  29.  Lebo Selloane-Tshabalala
  30.  Sizwe Nzima
  31.  Yolanda Zoleka Cuba
  32.  Tokologo Phetla
  33.  Phakamile Mbengashe
  34.  Emmanuel Bonoko
  35.  Boitumelo Thulo
  36.  Rosie Motene
  37.  Luvuyo Rani
  38.  Phumlani M. Majozi
  39.  Duduzane Zuma
  40.  Frederick Bohasu
  41.  Khethi Ngwenya
  42.  Elvis Mmaphuthelo Sekhaolelo
  43.  Lindiwe Mazibuko
  44.  LIRA
  45.  Mmabatho Mokiti
  46.  Faith Mangope
  47.  Thato Kgatlhanye
  48.  Rapelang Rabana
  49.  MsCosmo
  50.  AB de Villiers
  51.  Thula Sindi
  52.  Vuyo Jack
  53.  Musa Manzi
  54.  Bongani Baloyi
  55.  Ludwick Marishane
  56.  Terry Pheto
  57.  Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh
  58.  Candice Swanepoel
  59.  Thando Thabethe
  60.  Raelene Rorke
  61.  Siya Beyile
  62.  Zwelethu Mambane
  63.  Mandisa Shandu
  64.  Nizenande Machi
  65.  Masechaba Ndlovu
  66.  Redi Tlhabi
  67.  Unathi Msengana
  68.  Tembeka Ngcukaitobi
  69.  Floyd Shivambu
  70.  Conrad Travis David
  71.  Azania Mosaka
  72.  Collen Maine
  73.  Simphiwe Dana
  74.  Justin Stanford
  75.  Naadiya Moosajee
  76.  Victor Dlamini
  77.  Vinny Lingham
  78.  Seana Nkhahle
  79.  Mogau Seshoene
  80.  Jonathan Liebmann
  81.  Steven Pienaar
  82.  Thembi Seete
  83.  Alex Fourie
  84.  Cathy Mohlahlana
  85.  Caspar Lee
  86.  Karabo Mathang
  87.  Max Hussmann
  88.  JP Pietersen
  89.  Adii Pienaar
  90.  Masizole Mnqasela
  91.  Shashi Naidoo
  92.  Jaco De Bruyn
  93.  Bulelwa Mkutukana
  94.  Dario Trinchero
  95.  Hajrah Ormajee
  96.  Mike Eilertsen
  97.  Gareth Pon
  98.  Magdalene Moonsamy
  99.  Chris Morris
  100.  Louis Oosthuizen


The 100 Most Influential Young South Africans is an initiative of Avance Media in partnership with Reputation Poll, EOD Partners, Jagari Designs, CELBMD Africa, My Naija Naira, Dream Ambassadors Foundation GH, iCare Hub Africa, Global Skills Exchange, Core Foundation Barcity Media and Project Know Thyself International.

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