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The Mandela Rhodes Foundation announces the five finalist for its Äänit Prize

According to the foundation, an external panel of judges will make the final decision.

The winners will be announced live in a special ceremony co-hosted by MRF CEO, Judy Sikuza and Trek4Mandela project manager, Sina Moyane on Saturday, 17 September at 18:30.

The finalists run projects in areas ranging from early childhood development to medical technology and renewable energy. Finalists come from:

  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • South Africa, and
  • Zimbabwe.

The foundation says that the public and the press are invited to join the live stream for the awards and hear from some of Africa’s minds in an intimate Q&A between the judges and the finalists.

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation launched the Äänit Prize in 2021 with the aim of enabling positive social impact in Africa.

“We are tremendously proud to be offering the Äänit Prize in its second year. Each of these ventures has the potential to make a difference in the lives of people who have been left behind on our continent, which is exactly the type of value-driven entrepreneurship that we aim to support and develop at the MRF,” concludes Sikuza.

Voting for the five finalists of the 2022 Äänit Prize is open for the new Audience Choice Award. The venture with the most votes will win USD$1 000.

The five finalists are as follows:

  1. Atherton Mutombwera for Hutano Diagnostics, ‘Saving lives with better, faster-testing technology’
  2. Jessica Ronaasen for The Do More Foundation, ‘Coming together to help South Africa’s children thrive’
  3. Koaile Monaheng for Khantša Energy, ‘Lighting up Lesotho’s future’
  4. Odwour Midigo for Ndalo Heritage Trust, ‘Prioritising mother and child nutrition and wellbeing’, and
  5. Shantel Marekera for Little Dreamers, ‘Providing affordable education in low-income communities’.

Individuals can find out more about the finalists and vote for their ventures here.

For more information, visit You can also follow the Mandela Rhodes Foundation on Facebook, Twitter or on Instagram.

Mandela Rhodes Foundation Äänit Prize African innovative campaigns Sustainability campaigns African PR Campaigns African sustainability campaigns Atherton Mutombwera Hutano Diagnostics Jessica Ronaasen The Do More Foundation Koaile Monaheng Khantša Energy Odwour Midigo Ndalo Heritage Trust Shantel Marekera Little Dreamers



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