South African youths will have their voices heard at the 15th Annual Sunday Times Generation Next Awards to be held on 13 June 2019 at the Sandton Convention Center. The winners of the 2019 Sunday Times Generation Next Youth survey will be announced on the day – ahead of Youth Day celebrations.

Here are the top 5 finalists in the celebrity category:

Coolest Local Female Celebrity:

  • Amanda Black
  • Babes Wodumo
  • Lady Zamar
  • Minnie Dlamini
  • Pearl Thusi

Coolest Local Male Celebrity

  • AKA
  • Cassper Nyovest
  • Kwesta
  • Trevor Noah

Coolest Local DJ (Radio or Club):

  • Black Coffee
  • DJ Fresh
  • Prince Kaybee
  • DJ Tira

Coolest Local Sportsperson

  • AB de Velliers
  • Caster Semenya
  • Percy Tau
  • Simphiwe Tshabalala

Coolest Radio Station

  • 5 FM
  • East Coast Radio
  • 94.7
  • Metro FM

Coolest TV Soap

  • 7de Laan
  • Empire
  • Skeem Saam
  • The Queen
  • Uzalo

The Sunday Times Generation Next Youth survey is presented in association with HDI Youth Consultancy. The survey polls more than seven thousand youth from around the country, across more than seventy categories, and is considered the leading barometer of what SA’s kids, teens and young adults find on-trend and aspirational.



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  1. Reardon Sanderson, GM Commercial at Times Media says, “the Sunday Times Generation Next survey continues to deliver very relevant data on the perceptions and motivations behind the brand choices of SA’s youth.  We believe the insights delivered are essential to marketers and advertisers, and we’re very proud to make it available to the industry.”

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