Here is the first list of 10 under 10 trendsetters, changemakers and thought leaders who deserve the spotlight.
1. Fashion: Two Babes On A Budget (Instagram handle: @twobabesonabudgetza)
Nikki and Kim built a highly engaged community with helpful tips on how to live beautifully, on a budget. Their social media pages cover everything from fashion, lifestyle to beauty which all women can relate to.
It’s more than fashion on a budget – these content creators share their journey of self-discovery, self-care combined with fierce fashion.
2. Fitness: Jane Kilian (Instagram handle: @gijanefit)
Jane is well-known for her focus on fitness and wellness with a dash of self-love! Her social media feed is filled with holistic health topics, fitness for every body type and women empowerment.
Jane also hosts a podcast called Unselfishly Me.
3. Changemaker: Sihle Bolani (Instagram handle: @sihlebolani)
Sihle Bolani is well-known for her revolutionary work in corporate South Africa. Author of the book, We Are The Ones We Need, Sihle has initiated many online discussions around transformation and continues to create ground-breaking content on her blog and social media channels.
Championing the conversation around transformation, she collaborates with South African thought-leaders in her podcast, The Workplace Revolution.
4. Lifestyle: Khalipha Ntloko (Instagram handle: @khalipha_ntloko_)
Khalipha’s lifestyle blog is focused on being inspirational, promoting self-improvement while highlighting travel and beauty across the globe. With a passion for flatlay and portrait photography, Khalipha shares authentic stories through strong visuals that aim to inspire, motivate, and educate her followers.
Known as the master of flatlays, Khalipha uses her social media platforms to educate her followers on how to create the perfect flatlay.
5. Business entrepreneur: Khanya Ngumbela (@xxkhanyaxx)
Khaya’s career started off in the film industry, as a filmmaker, actress, model and speaker. After a successful start in the industry, she noticed how social media was disrupting her career. After careful planning and dedication, she decided to take the plunge and start an online coaching business called xxkhanyaxx. From free resources to paid courses, she teaches influencers how to trade their dusty 9-5 jobs for the freedom of being their own boss.
6. Travel; Reba Mokgoko (@rebamokgoko)
No stranger to the influencer space, Reba and her sister built a name for themselves on Twitter. Their success story comes from Twitter, how they have managed to completely understand and own the platform by contributing to daily and weekly trends. When she’s not Tweeting, Reba travels around the world while perfectly capturing those moments.
7. Lifestyle; Mary Jane (@Mary_JaneZa)
Mary Jane is a lawyer by profession and a great upcoming content creator with an eye for detail and aesthetics. She focuses mostly on lifestyle, beauty, food and fashion. She represents a community of micro-influencers who are hungry for success and go out of their way to capture content that perfectly relays a brand’s message.
8. Fitness; Wandile Zondo (@wandile)
Founder of Thesis, Wandile Zondo isn’t just a creative and founder of one of Soweto’s most popular street brands, he’s also a fitness fanatic, cyclist, and has gone on to run marathons with his latest adventure. Wandile is a leader of the pack, his ability to immerse a brand in his daily life, is incredible.
9. Music & Culture; Heemal (@heemal_ganjabeatz)
No stranger to the music and street culture, next up we have Heemal, the founder of Ganja Beats.
Heemal has an incredible eye for style and a great ear for music! His passion is working with young and upcoming musicians to ensure that the next generation is well taken care of and nurtured. His content perfectly personifies the character that he is in the music and street culture while embedding the true essence that makes him the person that he is.
10. Decor and Events; Zwai Lubisi (@design_by_zwai_)
There is a best-kept secret in the Northern suburbs of Joburg, a decor and event’s genius who has created a name for himself in the high-end elite event spaces. Zwai has a great eye for finer things and perfect aesthetics.
He has often mentioned that events are about experiences, the aesthetics and things you can touch bring the event to life. It’s a way of connecting with attendees and getting to understand what they all about, what makes them tick and happy – a process he has used for more than 7 years of being in the decor and event spaces.
Over to you. Name your favourite influencer from the list above.