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Caster voted Most Influential Young SA athlete despite fighting her case in Switzerland

SHE MIGHT be facing the toughest times of her life but Caster Mokgadi Semenya to South Africans she’s an idol who keeps pushing that envelope.

Caster voted Most Influential Young SA athlete despite fighting her case in Switzerland

As we speak or at the writing of this piece Caster, is fighting to overturn the eligibility rules for middle distance female runners with high testosterone levels at the Court of Arbitration for Sport CAS) in Switzerland.

For her efforts, globally she has received an overwhelming support from the likes of former World tennis star and Wimbledon champ Martina Navratilova who also questioned trans rules and highlighted a real threat to sport.

Off politics, the Limpopo born has been voted the 2018 Most Influential Young South African in the 3rd edition of the annual ranking poll by international rating firm, Avance Media in partnership with 1000 African Voices and VIPI State (Avenva).

She was nominated in the sports category for her outstanding achievements in athletics across the globe got her massive endorsement after winning a heavily contested poll among 100 most influential young South Africans nominated across 10 different categories.

A global champion and middle distance runner started her career in 2008 by winning gold in the World Junior Championship and Commonwealth Youth Games. She has since continued to excel in her career making also making her one of the most important female athelete on the African continent.

The ranking which was launched in 2016 has been won by Comedian and TV Personality Trevor Noah (2016) and Spokesperson of Economic Freedom Fighters, Dr. Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (2017)  making Caster Semenya the first woman to be awarded the coveted title as the Most Influential Young South African for 2018.

Following keenly in the 2018 ranking are: 2018 winner Dr. Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, Nomzamo Mbatha, Brent Lindeque and Zincedile Tiya who were voted among the top 5 most influential young South Africans.

Sharing insights about this year’s polls, Prince Akpah, MD of Avance Media mentioned; the ranking was instituted to highlight the works of young South Africans who are contributing in diverse ways towards the advancement of development in South Africa and across Africa.

Avance Media also runs same initiative in Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, DR Congo, Ghana and Cameroon in partnership with various organisations and is expected to release a global ranking in 2019.

Below are winners in the various categories:

  1. Business – Sandile Shezi – CEO, Rivoltare
  2. Entertainment – Mapeseka Koetle-Nyokong – Actress
  3. Law & Governance – Dr. Mbuyiseni Ndlozi – Spokesperson, Economic Freedom Fighters
  4. Leadership & Civil Society – Nthabeleng Likotsi – Young Women in Business Network
  5. Lifestyle – LaSizwe Dambuza– Comedian
  6. Media – Nomzamo Mbatha – On Air Personality
  7. Personal Development & Academia – Bongiwe Beja – Youth Employment Service
  8. Science & Technology – Dr Ncumisa Jilata – Neurosurgeon
  9. Social Enterprise & Philanthropy – Brent Lindeque – Founder, Good Things Guy
  10. Sports – Caster Semenya – Athlete

Below is the list ofAvance Media’s 2018 100 Most Influential Young South Africans:

  1. Caster Semenya – Athlete
  2. Dr. Mbuyiseni Ndlozi – Economic Freedom Fighters
  3. Nomzamo Mbatha – OAP
  4. Brent Lindeque – Good Things Guy
  5. Zincedile Tiya – National Association of Democratic Lawyers
  6. Mapeseka Koetle-Nyokong – Actress
  7. LaSizwe Dambuza – Comedian
  8. Mihlali Ndamase – Social Media Influencer
  9. Sandile Shezi – Rivoltare
  10. Kagiso Legodi – I Am She
  11. Bongiwe Beja – Youth Employment Service
  12. Cassper Nyovest – Musician
  13. Dr Ncumisa Jilata – Neurosurgeon
  14. Nthabeleng Likotsi – Young Women in Business Network
  15. Nasty C – Musician
  16. Thuso Mbedu – Actress
  17. Shekhinah – Musician
  18. Kagiso Rabada – Cricketer
  19. Pearl Modiadie – OAP
  20. Dr. Nandipha Magudumana – Optimum Medical Solutions
  21. Thando Thabethe – 5 FM
  22. Thembi Kgatlana – Footballer
  23. Cindy Pearl Maphumulo – Entrepreneurship Advocate
  24. AKA – Musician
  25. Lebo Madiba – Etion Limited
  26. Kwesta – Musician
  27. Warren Masemola – TV Host
  28. Erna Basson – Woman Entrepreneur Ltd
  29. Kgaogelo Mahasha – South African Airways
  30. Zukie Siyotula – Siyotula Holdings
  31. Prof Thabo Msibi – UKZN School of Education
  32. Koketso Moeti – Activist
  33. DJ Maphorisa – DJ
  34. Thulisile Phongolo – Influencer
  35. Nozipho Dlali – Nozipho Dlali Attorneys
  36. Buhle Lekokotla – Victoria Mxenge Group of Advocates
  37. Zesipho Mncwango – Estée Lauder Companies
  38. Dr Hleze Kunju – Rhodes University
  39. Thulile Khanyile – Nka’Thuto EduPropeller
  40. Kabelo Chabalala – Young Men Movement
  41. Pabi Moloi – Trending SA
  42. Sisa Ntlango – Deloitte
  43. Lefatshe Moagi – University of South Africa
  44. Dr. Shakira Choonara – Public Health (PHD)
  45. Wayde van Niekerk – Athlete
  46. Nthabiseng Kgoronyane – Nthabiseng Kgoronyane Foundation
  47. Lynette Ntuli – Innate Investment Solutions
  48. Dr Joel M Modiri – University of Pretoria
  49. Taryn Lock – Read to Rise
  50. Khanyi Mbau – OAP
  51. Katlego Maboe – The Expresso Show
  52. Zola Nombona – Actress
  53. Sandiso Sibisi – Accenture South Africa
  54. Nicolas Manyike – Property Stokvel Investment Club
  55. Percy Tau – Brighton & Hove Albion
  56. Malebo Sephodi – Activist
  57. Bhongolwethu Sonti – Tore’s Africa Foundation
  58. Sophie Kanza – Sophie A Kanza Foundation
  59. Taylor Gibb – Microsoft
  60. Mukovhe Phanguphangu – University of Pretoria
  61. Blessings Ramoba – Mining Forum of South Africa
  62. Robert Mtshali – BizKidzSA Academy
  63. Naleli Morojele – Activist
  64. Shaun Stylist – Style Influencer
  65. Bontle Modiselle – Actress
  66. Thabani Ngilande – 3M South Africa
  67. Dr Habib Noorbhai – The Humanitarians
  68. Lubabalo Mnyaka – Aflu Med Healthcare
  69. Linda Mabhena-Olagunju – DLO Energy Resources
  70. Rivo Mhlari – Rikatec
  71. Rethabile Sonibare Mashale – Thope Foundation
  72. Vere Shaba – Shaba Engineering & Green Buildings
  73. Rufaro Mudimu – enke: Make Your Mark
  74. Gwen Ngwenya – MP
  75. Yusuf Randera-Rees – Awethu Project
  76. Kgatli Hlahane – Rough Diamonds
  77. Ahmed Mokdad – Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc
  78. Masechaba Ndlovu – OAP
  79. Itumeleng Mukhovha – Baker McKenzie
  80. Khanya Mkangisa – Actress
  81. Papikie Mohale – SAMWU
  82. Orapeleng Modutle – Designer
  83. Michaela Mycroft – Ability Activist
  84. Chante Jantjies – SABC
  85. Akani Simbine – Athlete
  86. Sibusiso Khumalo – Footballer
  87. Luvo Manyonga – Athlete
  88. Thulani Hlatshwayo – Footballer
  89. Zareef Minty – ZRF Holdings
  90. Riaz Moola – Hyperion Development
  91. Wouter Wessels – MP
  92. Mkhuleko Hlengwa – MP
  93. Quinton de Kock – Cricketer
  94. Alexander Knieps – Printulu
  95. Lirandzu Themba – Journalist
  96. Gemini Major – Producer
  97. Wesley Beneke – WCB Construction
  98. Banele Christopher – Ndalo Media
  99. Lulo Rubushe – RNDM Network
  100. Kellyn Fung – Elle Magazine


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