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The future just got even brighter!

The Google Impact Challenge supports organisations with game-changing ideas to create economic opportunity in their communities.

Our 2018 winners have been announced and you can find them below! Thank you to our finalist organisations, public voters and members of our judging panel for helping to create a better future for all South Africans.

Meet the winners

Each of our finalists receives a share of $2 million in grant funding as they continue to create better futures for all South Africans. Finalists receive $125,000 in grant funding while the winners receive $250,000.

About the challenge

Your community. Your ideas to make it better. For the first time, the Google Impact Challenge is coming to South Africa! The challenge asks local innovators how they would make their community–and beyond–an even better place. The public and a panel of local Judges vote for the ideas with the most potential, and pairs each winner with a package of strategic support, funding and Google volunteers.

Meet the judges

Our 2018 finalists presented their projects to a panel of judges. Their selection, combined with the public vote, determined the winning organisations.

  • Basetsana Khumalo

    Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

  • Nomzamo Mbatha

    Actress and Model

  • Ferial Haffejee


  • Yvonne Chaka Chaka

    Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Humanitarian

  • Rapelang Rabana

    Chief Digital Officer at BCX, Founder & Chair at Rekindle Learning

  • Maps Maponyane

    Entrepreneur, Aspiring Philanthropist and TV Presenter

  • Simphiwe Dana

    Artist and Activist

  • Bryan Nelson

    Sector Lead Retail and Finance, Google South Africa