I flew to SA last week to attend the unveiling of the Mail & Guardians top 200 young South Africans 2011.
a sneaky photo taken using the mirrored ceiling
The unveiling was held at Randlords, said to be Johanesburg’s most exclusive venue. Took the lift up to the 22nd floor and stepped out into a room buzzing with special energy and met the movers and shakers of South Africa. The 360 degree view of Johannesburg was also incredible. Im not really a city girl but this was impressive.
We were chosen for our impact, our creativity and the resonance of our values with the project of building the South Africa that we all want to live in: Vibrant, prosperous, equitable, diverse and hungry for the challenges of growth and change. The Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans cuts through the cliches to find the most thrilling potential precisely where it emerges from a context full of challenge , bewilderment ad oppurtunity.
When I receieved an email from the editor saying that I was nominated for this I got very excited! As the youth of South Africa, we are the ones to change and shape our own futures and futures for our children to be. I have had a hard past 3 months recovering from a big knee operation so this was a big ego boost for me and has got me moving again. Watching everyone kiting from my window in Rhosenigr didnt help. I thought I was going crazy! I cant kite for another 9 months so I have to find something else to concentrate on apart from growing chillis and herbs, and making sushi ( which I have found is very therapuetic.)
Me with some of the movers and shakers of SA:
I was then told that I made the list along with big names like Jordy Smith, Bianca Buitendag, (surfers), Hanlil Prinsloo, ( Freediver and consevationsit) Hashim Amla, (Batsman) Charl Schwartzel, ( Golfer who won 2010 British Open) and Ryan Sanders ( Ultra-marathon trial runner).
It was inspiring to meet such leaders of their fields. The list consisted of amazing people in Arts & Culture, Business and Law, Civil Society, Enviroment, Education, Health, Media, Politics and Govermnet, Science and technology and Sport.
I felt swanky eating oysters in one hand and champagne in the other. Dressed to impress and verrry fancyy! Had an amazing evening and went home feeling inspired and a little tipsy.
You can also see me on the Mail and Guardian Top 200 Young South African website: