SANTHE Post-doctoral trainee, Alveera Singh, and Bonisile Luthuli, SANTHE PhD trainee, both based at the Africa Health Research Institute in Durban, South Africa, have been listed in the nationally prestigious Mail & Guardian's “200 Young South Africans” list for 2018 – in the Science and Technology category – for their work in the field of HIV research.
The Mail & Guardian (M&G) newspaper’s annual feature of eminent 200 Young South Africans has become a hallmark of the publication’s calendar and is now in its 13th year. Every year since 2006, 200 young South Africans, on course to touch the world with their greatness, have been featured. It is not an award as much as it is a mark of distinction — a number of MG200 Young South Africans have since grown into leaders in their fields including Julius Malema, one of the most vocal politicians in South Africa’s National Assembly, Trevor Noah, who now hosts the Daily Show in New York City, and Kagiso Rabada, who’s recognised as one of the world’s best bowlers.
As it does every year, the project aims to focus on young leaders, celebrating the good work they do. The bigger function is to change the image of the country’s youth: “If we don’t see them only in terms of the challenges they pose to society (like employment and poverty), then we can begin to build them as key to the success of South Africa.”