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Yewande Omotoso, Hedley Twidle, Mandy Rossouw and Others on M&G List of 200 Young South Africans

Alert! The Mail & Guardian has released its list of 200 Young South Africans. Executive Editor, Tanya Pampalone, explains that every year they “find 200 young people, aged 35 and under, who were born here or have made South Africa their home, and who are full of talent, dreams and drive”.

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Writer Yewande Omotoso, cookbook author Jade de Waal and poet Genna Gardini were all included in the Arts & Culture category with other familiar faces popping up elsewhere. FT/Bodley Head Prize winner and UCT lecturer, Hedley Twidle was listed under Education, while the Film & Media category included author Mandy Rossouw, who sadly passed away earlier this year, as well as Fanie Fourie’s Lobola director Henk Pretorius and journalist Barry Bateman, who is co-writing the upcoming book, Behind The Door: The Oscar and Reeva Story (Pan Macmillan). Swimmer Chad le Clos was listed in Sports. His biography, Unbelievable! (Penguin Books), will be out in 2014.

Read Pampalone’s Editors Letter and then check out the full list on M&G‘s dedicated YSA 2013 site:

It’s the eighth year that the Mail & Guardian has published its Young South Africans edition. It’s a considerable undertaking, with half-a-dozen researchers independently scouring the country for three months searching for interesting young people doing amazing things. We also take our readers’ nominations — more than 1 200 came through this year — and sift through them for the best of the bunch. Our editorial staff and our most reliable sources send in their recommendations.

Shaka Sisulu, author of Becoming and one of the young South Africans on last year’s list, announced who was on the list, saying that “the potential in this room is astounding”:

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