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Nominations open for 40 under 40 SA

The Forty under 40 South Africa awards

The Forty under 40 South Africa Awards is an initiative born from the prestigious continental concept of the Forty under 40 Africa. The organisers, Xodus Communications (Pty) Limited have curated this award ceremony to identify, honour and celebrate a cross-section of the nation’s most influential and accomplished young business leaders under the age of 40 from a wide range of industries.

These are individuals who are committed to business growth, professional excellence, community service and have risen up the ranks of their companies or industries.


Nominations are open and can be placed on the awards website from the 3rd of May 2023 to close on the 16th of June 2023. The awards ceremony promises to be a celebration of the remarkable contributions of young leaders across South Africa, and the Jury and Awarding Board Members will be instrumental in making it a success.

The award ceremony is scheduled for the 9th of September 2023, at the Houghton Hotel.


1. To be eligible, candidates must be South African, living and doing business in South Africa.

2. Nominees must still be under the age of 40, or 40 in the year of the event.

3. Nominees must be entrepreneurs or Chief Executive officers, Founder, Co-Founder, or CEOs of a company.

4. The selection process is not swayed by the number of nominations an individual receives.


Our Awarding Board is seeking outstanding entrepreneurs, executives, managers, and professionals in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, including recognition of attributes such as achievements in business, experience, innovation, vision, leadership, and community involvement.

The categories cover a wide range of sectors such as banking, finance, energy, family business, agriculture, theatre and arts, journalism, fashion, law, sports, events management, health, technology, and innovation and many more.



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Editor's note

American novelist Louisa May Alcott said it best when she said “Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.”

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