21 Icons is a local series that honours people who are making the world a better one piece at a time. Inspired by Nelson Mandela’s legacy, the project seeks out those citizens in South Africa who are carrying positive change forward in their own way.

Season 3 of 21 Icons marks a celebration of a new generation. Tipping hats to young artists, influencers and leaders who are on course to becoming future icons, building legacies in the process.


The first young creative in the spotlight is Athi-Patra Ruga. Athi is an internationally acclaimed performance artist who hopes to inspire conversations about politics, social issues, ideologies. In 2003, Athi founded the Athi-Patra Ruga & Studio where he is redefining cultural identity that isn’t solely connected to location, ancestry and genetics. Meet Athi:

You can catch the first episode of 21 Icons (Season 3) on SABC 3 at 7:27 pm this Sunday.

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