FORTY UNDER 40 Awards are coming to South Africa

The Forty under 40 South Africa Awards is an initiative of the prestigious continental concept of the Forty under 40 Africa. The organisers, Xodus Communications (Pty) Limited have curated this award ceremony to identify, honour and celebrate a cross-section of the nation’s most influential and accomplished young business leaders under the age of 40 from a wide range of industries. These are individuals who are committed to business growth, professional excellence, community service and have risen up the ranks of their companies or industries.


Nominations are open and can be placed on the awards website from the 3rd of May 2023 to close on the 16th of June 2023. The awards ceremony promises to be a celebration of the remarkable contributions of young leaders across South Africa, and the Jury and Awarding Board Members will be instrumental in making it a success.

The award ceremony is scheduled for the 9th of September 2023, at the Houghton Hotel.


  1. To be eligible, candidates must be South African, living and doing business in South Africa.
  2. Nominees must still be under the age of 40, or 40 in the year of the event.
  3. Nominees must be entrepreneurs or Chief Executive officers, Founder, Co-Founder, or CEOs of a company.
  4. The selection process is not swayed by the number of nominations an individual receives.


Our Awarding Board is seeking outstanding entrepreneurs, executives, managers, and professionals in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, including recognition of attributes such as achievements in business, experience, innovation, vision, leadership, and community involvement.

The categories cover a wide range of sectors such as banking, finance, energy, family business, agriculture, theatre and arts, journalism, fashion, law, sports, events management, health, technology, and innovation and many more.

Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma chairs the South Africa Forty under 40 Awarding Board

Xodus Communications (Pty) Limited in Partnership with The Minister in Charge of the Presidency for Women, Youth, and People with Disabilities, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma presents the Forty under 40 Awards, South Africa.

‘We believe that putting the spotlight on these young achievers it will not only celebrate them but also build a strong platform for them by giving a voice and opportunities to the next generation of industry pacesetters whiles building a positive attitude in our youth to strive for excellence at a tender age.’  – said Dr. Dlamini-Zuma (Chairperson of the Forty under 40 South Africa Awarding Board)

Board Members and Jury Panel

Forty under 40 South Africa is proud to announce the Jury Panel and Awarding Board Members for the first-ever Forty Under 40 South Africa Awards. This esteemed group of industry leaders and experts will be instrumental in guiding the nomination and selection process for this highly anticipated awards ceremony.

Board Members:

  1. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma: Minister of Women, Youth and People with Disabilities (Chairperson of the Forty Under 40 South Africa Board)
  2. Mr. Waseem Carrim: NYDA CEO
  3. Ms. Simphiwe Nomvula Mbatha: Member of the National Assembly
  4. H.E Grace Jeanet Mason: South African High Commissioner to Ghana and Sierra Leone

Members of the Jury

  1. Angela Senosha: Founder and CEO of Positive Switch
  2. Michelle Austin: Financial Director at Keegor Group of Companies
  3. Reginald Pillay: Group CEO of Ariston Group

The Jury and Awarding Board Members will work hand in hand to ensure a fair, transparent, thorough nomination and selection process. Their expertise and insight will be invaluable in identifying young leaders who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, innovation, and impact in their respective fields.

“I’d like to express my appreciation to Dr. Dlamini –Zuma for initiating the move to introduce the Awards to South Africa. She has been engaging a lot of young business leaders from our Forty under 40 Africa Alumni candidates on possible support systems to grow their businesses. Having such a distinguished Jury Panel and Awarding Board Members is a tremendously positive opportunity for the Forty Under 40 South Africa Awards. Their contribution will play a significant role in ensuring that the most deserving young leaders are recognized and celebrated for their achievements.” – said Richard Abbey Jnr – Founder of Forty Under 40Africa

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