Anele Mda

President, Congress of the People Youth Movement

A founding member of Congress of the People (Cope), Anele Mda was the youngest person on the steering committee, who worked towards the national convention that resolved to form the new political party. The fiesty 30-year-old became the voice of reason for young people in politics when she took a centre stage with other former ANC national leaders to resign from the ruling party, following the recall of former president Thabo Mbeki. She's also an entrepreneur of note. Mda's networking and fundraising skills first came to the fore in her one-woman campaign to raise money to start NGO's in Bizana and Port St Johns. She opened an HIV/Aids information centre at the age of 17 and started the Growing Girls Group as well as Creative Young Women, intended to address the needs of young women. � Mmanaledi Mataboge

Lunch spot: Ocean Basket, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg