M&G celebrates Youth Day

Youth Day runs the risk of becoming about parties, political agendas and everything in between. The Mail & Guardian takes it back to what it’s really about: South Africa’s young people.

Every year the M&G selects young men and women from around the country, who have excelled in their chosen professions and fields, to feature in the annual list of top young South Africans.

Watch our video as we profile three of the Mail & Guardian’s top 200 young South Africans for 2011.

This year the project proved more popular with readers than ever before, and the top 200 list, launched on Friday last week, has been making waves on social networks, throughout business and media sectors and beyond, setting the nation abuzz over our compelling selection of young agenda- and trend-setters: from established celebrities to new talent, and those doing incredible work below the radar.

As we celebrate Youth Day today, read about the young people who are changing the face of South Africa: The Top 200 website

The list, which has been running for the past six year, is divided into 10 categories, covering a wide range of fields.

And now, for the first time, we have launched an official Facebook fan page, where you can interact with the chosen top 200, and share your views on issues affecting South African’s youth.

Go here to like the page and start the discussions that keep our democracy alive.

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