Top 16 Youth-Owned Brands Awards Nominations Are Now Open



Are you a youth-owned South African brand and between the ages of 18 – 35? Then the Top 16 Youth-Owned Brands Awards are a platform for you. These awards have officially launched and nominations are open to nominate your brand or a brand of your choice on

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When the awards were initially launched, they were housed under the Pat on Brands website. They now have their own website which is .  The top 16 Youth-Owned Brands Awards are an award ceremony that celebrates the young, gifted and determined youth of South Africa who own brands and contribute to the economy. The ‘16’ in the title represents the history that the youth of 1976 made on the 16th of June. With the high unemployment rate within the youth, these brands try to bridge the gap by creating jobs for their fellow youth, contributing to the economic growth of South Africa. 

Last year, the award ceremony consisted of 15 categories, namely; Accessories, Beverages, Agriculture, Beauty, Apparel, Homeware, Media, NPO Charities, Education, Personalities and Influencers, Footwear, Food, Travel and Tourism, Technology, Services. This year, our 16th and newly added category is Health and Wellness. 

The awards were established by entrepreneur Pat Mahlangu, and he mentions what people can expect when attending this year’s Top 16 youth-owned brands awards,

“This year, we plan on having an expo that will consist of different youth-owned brands from around the country. Imagine a mall with only African brands. This will not only put us on the map but also create economic wealth for our country.” 

Note the following criteria before nominating a brand or your brand: 

  • Must owned and run by persons between the ages of 18 and 35.
  • The brand must be older than 1 year.
  • The brand must have a website (not mandatory) with the brand name as its domain.
  • The brand must be active on social media.
  • Must be operating in one (or more) of the listed categories.
  • Must be South African.

Nominate a youth-owned brand you feel deserves to win this prestigious award on 

Nominations close on the 20th of April 2023. is an award-winning Digital Media, Marketing, and Advertising Company est. 2015, is a Member of the Independent Media Association of South Africa (IMASA), and Brand South Africa's Play Your Part Ambassadors, with a global reach of over 10 million

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