Michael Marchant (29)

The private sector’s complicity in human rights violations often go unaccounted for in the broader discourse of corruption and human rights. “It is the possibility to challenge this impunity, and make life a little more uncomfortable for the powerful, that I love about our work,” says Michael Marchant

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Stephanie Redinger (29)

Stephanie Redinger is a postgraduate student studying her master’s in Medical Science in Paediatrics at the University of Witwatersrand. What makes her stand out, however, is that she was the lead author on the publication of a journal article — an outstanding achievement for a master’s student. Passionate about her research and maternal perinatal mental health and child development, Redinger is a force for change in South Africa

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Simphiwe Zanele Mthimunye (28)

Simphiwe Zanele Mthimunye is a phlebotomist who has already been recognised in her field as excelling in her line of work and her commitment. She was the first black woman to receive the award for Excellence in Phlebotomy by the Society of Medical Technologists in South Africa (SMLTSA) Congress, and is set to be a guest speaker at the SMLTSA conferences until 2020

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Paul Letsatsi Potsane (30)

During the days of Aids denialism, Paul Letsatsi Potsane watched his aunt suffer with HIV. “Being a black woman with no source of income, she could not access antiretroviral treatment from private pharmacies,” he recalls. To Potsane his aunt represents the thousands of marginalised people who have limited access to the healthcare that they need

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Nkateko Mnisi (28)

Nkateko Mnisi chose to study medicine because of her passion for working with people. “It allows me to interact with people from different walks of life — crossing barriers like age, race, gender and occupation. And it would also allow for me to make an invaluable impact on people’s lives — because the power of healing through medicine is indescribable.” However, while pursuing her two-year medical internship after graduating from the University of Cape Town a few years ago, she felt perturbed by the many flaws she noticed in the health system as well as the injustices she felt interns faced.

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Nikhat Hoosen (34)

Nikhat Hoosen already holds three degrees — a BSc in Biological Sciences, a BSc honours in Biological Sciences and an MSc in Molecular Biology and Systematics — all from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is currently completing a master’s in Public Health, specialising in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Cape Town, after which she aims to head straight into her PhD.

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