Top Youth Owned Brands awards a success

THE SECOND edition of the annual Top 16 Youth-Owned Brands Awards took place in Sandton Convention Center.

The awards celebrated the outstanding achievements of young entrepreneurs who have demonstrated exceptional creativity, resilience, and innovation in building their own brands.  

Voted for from a pool of 64 nominees making a significant impact in their respective industries, the winners of the Top 16 Youth-Owned Brands Awards have showcased unwavering commitment, while driving positive change through their products and services. 

And the winners are… 

Accessories – Bona By Wenzy M 

Agriculture, sponsored by the IDC – Evergreen Ageing 

Apparel – GALXBOY 

Beverages, sponsored by CCBSA – Grandeur Premium Gin 

Hair & Beauty – Swiitch Beauty 

Homeware – Mo’s Crib 

Media – Public Health Entertainment 

NPO & Charities – ZA Powerhouse 

Travel & Tourism – Mogopodi Adventures 

Technology, sponsored by Telkom – Reslocate 

Services, sponsored by Brand South Africa – Legends Barber 

Health & Wellness – Numa Medical Aesthetics 

Education, sponsored by Wits Business School – Libertalia Group 

Food – The Lazy Makoti 

Footwear – Bathu 

Personalities & Influencers, sponsored by Lunch Bar – Snikiwe Mhlongp 

Additionally, Legends Barber was recognized as the Overall Top Brand, representing the epitome of excellence in the youth-owned brand landscape. 

“We are thrilled to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of these outstanding youth-owned brands,” said Pat Mahlangu, CEO and founder of the Top 16 Youth-Owned Brands Awards. 

“Their accomplishments serve as a testament to their entrepreneurial spirit and ability to create innovative solutions that make a positive difference. We congratulate each and every winner and wish them continued success in their endeavors.” 

“These awards are a testament to the dedication and hard work we’ve put into building Legends Barber. It’s an honour to be recognized as the overall top brand, and to be among such exceptional young entrepreneurs. We believe in our mission to provide the best grooming experience while positively impacting our community. This award motivates us to continue pushing boundaries and creating a legacy,” said Sheldon Tatchell, founder of Legends Barber. 

These extraordinary young entrepreneurs have not only demonstrated exceptional business acumen but have also made a lasting impact on their communities and society at large. Their passion, drive, and dedication serve as an inspiration to aspiring young entrepreneurs. 

The Top 16 Youth-Owned Brands Awards extends heartfelt congratulations to all the winners, recognizing their hard work, dedication, and ingenuity. “We eagerly anticipate their future accomplishments and the continued positive impact they will make,” concludes Mahlangu.

On the first evening of the awards Kabza De Small and Boohle provided entertainment to guests.

Meanwhile, the Mayor of Joburg, Kabelo Gwamanda says the awards are epitome of the country’s youth to do things for themselves.

The Mayor also said in future they will consider partnering with the awards as part of inclusivity and youth empowerment.  

Looking fit and healthy following reports of illhealth, Gwamanda says he’s now ready “to roll with punches and hit the ground running like now as I’m attending the awards to offer support”, reports Sydney Morweng- News Ed.

“Yes, I’m a chain-smoker but now my health comes first and the job at hand requires me to be hard at work, rejuvenating the City especially after the budget vote and providing much needed services to our people,” he said.

Image SLM (Joburg Mayor Kabelo Gwamanda at the youth awards).

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