Isaac Mbatha, South Africa
The 28-year-old South African is noted for turning challenges into opportunities, starting when he was a boy helping out in the family business and selling sweets to his schoolmates. From a taxi conductor to a helping hand for auto mechanics, he is building a business empire that is empowering hundreds of people as a founder and CEO of Sky Tents SA. Mbatha started his first taxi business, owning seven vehicles in four years and with all the money saved, he started Sky Tents, a company that supplies mobile chillers/freezers, mobile toilets, and chairs and tables for a variety of functions. Today, his company has grown from employing three people to 59, with international clients from countries, including Namibia, Botswana, Nigeria, Algeria, Swaziland, Uganda, Lesotho, Seychelles, Zambia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.