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SA's brightest young minds announced

Wednesday, 07 March 2007
After weeks of intense deliberation, South Africa's top 100 brightest young students were announced this week by non-profit initiative Brightest Young Minds (BYM). After weeks of intense deliberation, South Africa's top 100 brightest young students were announced this week by non-profit initiative Brightest Young Minds (BYM).

This year's chosen delegates are to attend a life-changing 7-day conference in Johannesburg. The event is aimed at connecting these future SA leaders with each other while also offering networking opportunities with some of SA's most influential business leaders and visionaries. Mentors will include BHP Billiton Africa Chairman, Dr Vincent Maphai, President of the South African Mining Development Association Bridgette Radebe and Economic Advisor to President Mbeki, Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu.

These 100 students, chosen from thousands of entries across 14 university campuses in South Africa, will meet in Johannesburg for the annual Brightest Young Minds Conference running from 1 to 8 July 2007.

Now in its eighth year, BYM, a University of Stellenbosch initiative, seeks to create a platform that showcases the talent of South Africa's students and future leaders. The initiative provides the chosen few with a unique opportunity to be exposed to, challenged and inspired by some of the country's current visionaries, business leaders and captains of industry.

"BYM provides an unparalleled opportunity for the cream of SA's youth to shine. The conference offers a unique opportunity for business leaders to ignite the potential within each outstanding young South African and the group as a whole.

"We will use the week to transform these 100 exceptional people into South Africa's Brightest Young Minds," commented BYM President Jaco van Tonder.

Delegates will be inspired by brilliant mentors and the extraordinary talent of their fellow delegates, while being given the opportunity to brainstorm business solutions and social concerns. BYM will aid these 100 students to gain professional knowledge and confidence, and inspire them to utilise their exceptional skills for the benefit of South Africa.

For more information, visit www.bym.co.za

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