SA entrepreneurs on Forbes list

Seven young South Africans – all under 30 – made the 2014 Forbes list of 30 most promising entrepreneurs in Africa. Out of the 800 nominations received by the prestigious American magazine, these South Africans stood head and shoulders above the rest, having fulfilled all the stringent criteria and high standards.

Yolande Stander spoke to these young bright minds.


13 Zaheer Cassim 269x300 SA entrepreneurs on Forbes list

Zaheer Cassim


A journalist with a Master’s diploma from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and experience in media, Zaheer started One Way Up Productions about two years ago to tell stories through multimedia.

The 29-year-old says he is honoured to have made the list and that he aspires to be on the Forbes billionaires under 40 list in the future.




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Adii Pienaaar


The founder of WooThemes, a company that builds products for the open-source content management system WordPress, this 28-year-old says he was surprised to discover that he made the list.

Pienaar believes there are three primary factors that have helped him to be successful.
“Taking a chance, working incredibly hard, and always paying it forward in whatever way I can.”

Adii Pienaar, One Way Up Productions, , WooThemes, Zaheer Cassim

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  • Carl Roodnick

    Well done to Zaheer an Adii – proud of you guys! Thanks for featuring these proudly South African achievements Yolanda.

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