The Top 16 Youth-Owned Brands Awards (YOBAs) are bringing a dynamic duo to host its 3rd annual edition of its awards show. Introducing the talented TV presenter, radio personality, MC and voice-over artist, Kgosi Rankhumise, alongside the esteemed former Miss Botswana, Palesa Molefe, as they take the stage to host an evening of celebration and recognition of youth-owned brands.

Kgosi Rankhumise, TV & Media Personality

About Kgosi

Known for his captivating presence on the big screen, Kgosi’s versatility as a media personality has captivated audiences in South Africa, making him the perfect choice to lead this year’s YOBAs. His journey is a testament to his creative brilliance and love for storytelling. Starting from being a radio host at Impact Radio in 2020, where he earned two radio nominations for his Afternoon Drive, to now being a TV presenter at eTV’s Morning Show; Kgosi’s ability to captivate his audience remains his biggest strength.

“Stepping onto the stage of the YOBAs as a host is a moment of pride for me. It’s not just about presenting; it’s about connecting with the energy and passion of the incredible young business owners, as well as the audience. Together with Palesa, we’re ready to make the evening of the YOBAs unforgettable”.

Kgosi displays his versatility by presenting news, sports and lifestyle inserts, and exclusive interviews with local and international guests.

Palesa Molefe, Author and Former Miss Botswana

About Palesa

Joining him is the esteemed former Miss Botswana, Palesa Molefe, whose reign in 2021 showcased her grace, poise and commitment to excellence. Beyond her being Miss Botswana 2021, Palesa also walked the stage of Miss World 2021 in Puerto Rico, where she made it to the Top 30. Palesa’s career spans diverse industries, including being an Actress, Writer and Producer. She is also a founder of an NGO called United Artists where they illuminate the value of artists and mental health in society.

Early this year, Palesa ventured into a new role as an author, where she wrote her first book called, ‘O Shapo, O Sho?’ Written in Setswana, the children’s book consists of a collection of affirmations meant to ignite a spark of self-discovery and resilience in the hearts of young Batswana readers. The book is about a girl child, who is able to overcome her feelings of fear, sadness and shyness through the power of positive thinking.

Talking about the YOBAs, Palesa says, “Hosting the YOBAs this year is such a great honour, one that resonates deeply with my commitment to celebrating excellence and innovation. It’s a platform where we recognise and celebrate the brilliance of youth-owned brands, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of it”.

Together, Palesa and Kgosi promise a memorable evening; honouring youth-owned brands and their achievements in their respective fields. Their collective expertise and magnetic personalities are set to elevate the YOBAs to new heights, leaving a lasting impression on all guests.

The YOBAs founder and CEO, Pat Mahlangu beams, “Palesa and Kgosi bring a perfect blend of charisma, talent, and passion to the forefront of this year’s awards. Their individual journeys and collective chemistry promise to infuse the YOBAs with a new level of excitement and inspiration. We’re honoured to have them as our hosts, guiding us through a night where we will be celebrating youth excellence”.

The YOBAs will take place on the 22nd of June 2024 in Sandton. The public is encouraged to attend by booking their seats here.

For more information on the YOBAs please and this year’s finalists, visit,