While perusing the pages of the Mail & Guardian website for the latest in news opinion I came across an article which detailed an annual publication run by the news and media organization titled “200 Young South Africans You Must Take to Lunch”. Much intrigued by the choice of title, I decided to read a little bit more about, what seemed to be quite a cool little initiative aimed at showcasing the future leaders in South Africa.
In its third year, the Mail & Guardian will once again be publishing a list of the 200 Young South Africans You Must Take to Lunch, based a selection of criteria that clearly shows a bit of thought as to what actual influence and leadership should look like (a far cry from the rather gaping void in leadership that our fine country is currently experiencing).
What better way to peer into the future of South Africa than looking at the next generation of leaders and how they shape up as custodians of the concerns of The Republic? The list is split in the main areas within daily life (arts, culture, media, sport, politics etc) and is aimed at recognizing peeps that have been blazing a trail through their various industries, while embodying the values we would all like to see in our leaders and giving back to improve South Africa with their skills and abilities.
The list is not about being a conventional celebrity- it’s about being a positive role-model capable of inspiring others- its about being a real South African. These are people who have featured in the Mail & Guardian or who have been noticed by their team of writers for their excellence at their craft or their ability to lead.
Sooo, if you know of anyone who you think deserves to be included in this list (it really doesn’t have to be any of us, THIS TIME) please click the link below to nominate…
– nominees must be 35 years old or younger
– nominees do not need to be South African citizens or born in South Africa but do need to be currently residing in South Africa.
– candidates can fall under any of these categories: arts and culture, business, civil society, environment, health, media, politics, science and education, sport and technology.
Deadline for nominations: 10 March 2011