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200 Young South Africans 2013

August 28, 2013 By:

2013 marks the eighth year that the Mail & Guardian has published its Young South Africans edition, which highlights 200 young people who are doing amazing work to make an impact in their communities.

"Each year we find 200 young people, aged 35 and under, who were born here or have made South Africa their home, and who are full of talent, dreams and drive. What we know without a doubt is that next year we will find 200 more that are doing even more spectacular things. Turns out South Africa is full of overachievers. This is one of the most inspiring reads of the year. These young people are a firm indication of where we are headed. And the future looks bright and beautiful." - Tanya Pampalone, Executive Editor, 200 Young South Africans.

One of those young people is Stellenbosch University's Nonjabulo Gule, "a 28-year-old scientist, is guided by curiosity to uncover answers to pressing developmental problems. Gule’s PhD research in Polymer Chemistry tackled the human rights issue of how to provide clean, cheap drinking water to those most in need. Her research, which has been patented, is of consequence to the one-billion-plus people who die every year from water-related ailments. Gule produced a point-of-use filtration system using nano-sized fibres that not only destroy bacteria but also prevent bugs from attaching themselves to the surface of the fibres. In 2010 the ingenuity of her invention was recognised by Scientific American magazine, which selected it as one of “Ten Worldchanging Ideas”. Originally from Swaziland, Gule is based in Stellenbosch, where her days are consumed by her postdoctoral research and raising her four-month-old baby boy." — Taryn Macka

Watch videos of Young South Africans, on dance, art, longboarding, initiation and much more.



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