SA entrepreneurs on Forbes list | Opportunities | Small Business Connect

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.

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.

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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.”

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