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RAPELANG RABANA

Rapelang Rabana is a computer scientist, entrepreneur and speaker from South Africa who knew from a young age that she would make an impact. As a 16-year-old, Rabana realized that she wanted to take a route that wasn’t so formulaic. The idea of going to school to get a job just to climb a corporate ladder did not resonate, which is why she jumped straight into entrepreneurship as a young woman.




Rapelang pursued a Computer Science degree at the University of Cape Town, and has since excelled in her field. She was the founding member of Yeigo Communications but is known for her work with her second company, Rekindle Learning which was founded in 2013. The education technology company caters to corporations and schools looking for learning solutions, in training and education.



Rapelang continues to be an example for women in business and has made great strides in her career. Some notable achievements include appearing on a Forbes Africa cover before the age of 30, and serving as an Ambassador for the UN World Summit Awards promoting ICT use.



The young South African is challenging herself as a business woman and a global leader, which is why she is on this list.



—JO

Music
Xplosive's version of pop music takes the musical and technical chops he earned while producing boom bap, trap, Afrobeats and other styles, squeezing the best out of those skills and making something that can appeal to the masses.

Interview: Xplosive DJ Calls Many Places Home With His Debut Release ‘Plan B’

After years of working with other artists, South African-based producer Xplosive DJ shares his sound in his new project 'Plan B'.

It is difficult to place the producer/sound engineer Xplosive DJ when he talks. His tempered drawl could be from any East African country. His slang is distinctly Joburg, but a typically hood phrase falls out of his mouth before a suburbanism when he speaks. His accent fuses English, Arabic and Nubian intonations.

Xplosive DJ's recently released five-track debut project, Plan B, was produced and recorded over four years and makes the producer behind it even more difficult to locate, geographically and musically.

Born Ahmed Khaled Dahab in the Congo, raised in Sudan and living in South Africa since 2007, Xplosive grew up in a home where all four compass points of African music were familiar. He was drawn to reggae, hip-hop and dancehall on street sound systems as he grew up to develop his own musical taste.

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