Agribusiness and 4IR

Sithuli Mbeje, 34

Sithuli Mbeje, 34

Food technologist and managing director
AfriFood Technologies SA

As a qualified food technologist with more than a decade of experience in food technology — working with large local and international fast-moving consumer goods​​ companies, in research and development, and new product innovation — Sithuli Mbeje was finally able to...

Afrika Bogatsu | mg.co.za
GreenCape

GreenCape

GreenCape

GreenCape is a company that is working to transition Africa from a linear “take-make-waste” economy to a clean and sustainable circular economy by working with government and in academia. Nicholas Fordyce, senior communications officer and publications manager,...

Nabeel Allie | mg.co.za
Rirhandzu Marivate, 32

Rirhandzu Marivate, 32

Project manager
Sustainability Institute — Living Soils Community Learning Farm

In her capacity as the project manager at the Sustainability Institute, Rirhandzu Marivate is at the forefront of combating challenges around climate change through the lens of community farming. Established in 2019, Living Soils Community Learning Farm is a...

Tshiamo Seape | mg.co.za
Thapelo Phiri, 29

Thapelo Phiri, 29

Founder and director
Golden Legacy Trading and Projects

Thapelo Phiri has always had an interest in sustainability, but was particularly inspired when the UN Sustainable Development Goals were released in 2015. “My focus became studying the 17 goals and assessing which I could target using my personal knowledge and...

Andie Reeves | mg.co.za
Steve Carver, 56

Steve Carver, 56

Co-founder and chief executive
U Can Grow Africa (Pty) Ltd

Steve Carver is the co-founder of U Can Grow Africa, which provides a holistic approach to establishing collectives of small growers that, together, create economic scale. Their primary aim is to break down the poverty cycle in rural communities through the creation...

Loren Shapiro | mg.co.za
Primestars

Primestars

Programme manager
Primestars

Primestars, a youth development organisation based in Johannesburg, has been tackling South Africa’s high unemployment rate for 17 years by offering free training to high school learners. Their “step up to a green start-up programme” addresses another big issue for...

Andie Reeves | mg.co.za