Leigh Meinert

Co-founder: Tertiary School in Business Administration

By the age of 15 Leigh Meinert was already a visionary. To prove it, she started a youth NGO. As if that wasn't enough, 10 years later she co-founded a university. The Tertiary School in Business Administration, based in Pinelands, Cape Town, caters for students who wouldn't normally have access to tertiary education. Its acronym, TSiBA, is apt: in isiXhosa, tsiba means "to jump�. When Meinert started TSiBA in 2004 she was armed with only a BA in value and policy studies from Stellenbosch. Currently she's studying for a master's in higher education. "I started a university, and now I have to go back and study how I should have done it. I did things the wrong way around,� she jokes. Meinert, who feels lucky to be working with the country's "future leaders�, says her own role model is academic, businesswoman and medical doctor Mamphela Ramphele. � Aphiwe Deklerk

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