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 Ashley Uys 1 296x300 SA entrepreneurs on Forbes list

Ashley Uys


The 30-year-old bio-technologist founded Medical Diagnostech, which develops various medical testing kits – from malaria, to pregnancy, to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) – for disadvantaged communities in Africa.

He started his first business at 24 and – through “determination, perseverance and general industry knowledge” – built his business to where it is today.


 SA entrepreneurs on Forbes list

Johnathan Liebmann


A real estate developer and chief executive of Propertuity, he started his business five years ago with his first development – the award-winning urban regeneration project Arts on Main Maboneng Precinct. The company uses art, design and architecture to transform degenerated areas.

Says the 29-year-old: “I feel very honoured to be recognised among some of South Africa’s great young entrepreneurs.”

Ashley Uys, Johnathan Liebmann, Medical Diagnostech, , Propertuity

We welcome comments and point out that the views of those who comment are not necessarily our views at Small Business Connect, its publishers, sponsors, or the dti. We invite debate, but insist on civility. We will not post personal attacks, name calling or foul language. If you wish to report inappropriate comments for our moderator to review, please use the Flag as inappropriate function provided.

  • Carl Roodnick

    Excellent – well done to Ashley and Johnathan! Yolanda, who were the other five of the seven you’ve mentioned?

Supported by the dti & published by BusinessOwner&Co. Use of information is at own risk. Neither the dti nor the publisher may be held liable for any loss or damage that may occur as a result thereof.