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    Sunday Times GenNext survey Top 10 finalists announced

    The 19th annual Sunday Times GenNext survey Top 10 finalists across 72 categories have been announced.
    Source: Arena Events  Last year's event. This year's annual Sunday Times GenNext survey top 10 finalists have been announced
    Source: Arena Events Arena Events Last year's event. This year's annual Sunday Times GenNext survey top 10 finalists have been announced

    The winning brands in each category will be celebrated at an Awards event on 20 September 2023.

    The Sunday Times GenNext survey – conducted by Yellowwood - is a barometer of what South Africa’s youth aged 8 to 24 years find on-trend and aspirational, what brands resonate with the youth and which they consider ‘cool’, delivering insights for brand management, advertising, and marketing professionals.

    Coolest brand overall

    This year, the 10 brands that have performed most successfully across their respective categories, and are finalists for the Coolest Brand Overall award (in alphabetical order) are:

    • Adidas
    • Apple
    • BMW
    • Coca-Cola
    • Gucci
    • Louis Vuitton
    • Nike
    • Puma
    • Samsung
    • Vans

    Apart from recognising products and services, the survey also touches on the youth perception of sportspeople, entertainers, and celebrities.

    Awards for the Coolest Local Celebrity, Coolest Local Radio Personality and Coolest Local Sportsperson will also be announced on 20 September.

    Partners of Sunday Times GenNext 2023 include: Gautrain Management Agency, African Bank, Converse, Doritos, McDonald’s, Mercedes-Benz, MTN, NikNaks, Pin Pop, Proudly SA, Rookie USA, Simba Munchiez, Cliff Central, and Arena Events.

    Finalists

    Coolest Advertising Medium 2023
    Email Advertising/ Email Marketing
    Facebook
    Google / Google Ads
    Instagram
    Magazines / Books
    Newsletter
    Posters / Flyers / Pamphlets / Brochure
    TikTok
    Twitter
    YouTube
    Coolest Alcohol Brands 2023
    4th Street Wines
    Belgravia London Gin
    Brutal Fruit
    Cruz Vodka
    Heineken
    Hennessy Cognac
    Jägermeister
    Savanna
    Smirnoff
    Tanqueray Gin
    Coolest Banks 2023
    ABSA
    African Bank
    Capitec Bank
    Discovery Bank
    FNB/ First National Bank
    Investec Bank
    Nedbank
    Old Mutual
    Standard Bank
    TymeBank
    Coolest Brand Overall 2023
    Adidas
    Apple
    BMW
    Coca-Cola
    Gucci
    Louis Vuitton
    Nike
    Puma
    Samsung
    Vans
    Coolest Brand That Cares About my Community 2023
    Adidas
    Blue Ribbon
    Gift of the Givers
    Impala Community Development Trust
    Pick n Pay
    SAPS
    Sasko
    Spar
    Unilever
    Vodacom
    Coolest Breakfast Cereals 2023
    Bokomo Corn Flakes
    Cheerios / Nestlé Cheerios
    FUTURELIFE Cereal
    Kellogg’s All Bran
    Kellogg’s Coco Pops
    Kellogg’s Froot Loops
    Kellogg’s Rice Krispies
    Morvite
    Nestlé Milo Cereal
    ProNutro
    Coolest Campaign Targeted at Youth 2023
    Adidas Impossible is Nothing Campaign
    Generation NEXT Campaign / GenNext
    HYDC Harambee Youth Development Campaign
    KFC’s Add Hope Campaign
    LoveLife Campaign
    Mr Price Foundation
    MTN Pulse/ #OnThePulse Campaign
    R350 SASSA SRD Grant Campaign
    Vodacom NXT LVL Get A Gig Campaign
    Youth for Future (Y4F)
    Coolest Cartoon Shows 2023
    Cocomelon
    Dragon Ball Z (DBZ)
    Mickey Mouse
    Mr. Bean: The Animated Series
    Regular Show
    Sofia The First / Sophia The First
    SpongeBob SquarePants
    Supa Strikas
    Teen Titans Go!
    Tom & Jerry
    Coolest Cellphone Brands 2023
    Hisense
    Huawei
    iPhone
    Itel
    LG
    Mobicel
    Nokia
    Oppo
    Samsung
    Xiaomi
    Coolest Chocolates 2023
    Aero
    BAR ONE
    Cadbury Dairy Milk
    Cadbury Lunch Bar
    Cadbury PS
    Cadbury Top Deck
    Dairy Milk Bubbly
    Ferrero Rocher
    Kit Kat
    Lindt / Lindt Lindor / Lindt Milk Chocolate
    Coolest Clothing Brands 2023
    Adidas
    Chanel
    Fabiani
    Lacoste
    Louis Vuitton
    Mr Price
    Nike
    Puma
    Redbat
    ZARA
    Coolest Clothing Stores 2023
    Cotton On
    H&M
    Markham
    Mr Price / MRP
    Nike
    Sportscene
    Studio 88
    The Fix
    Woolworths
    ZARA
    Coolest Cold beverage 2023
    Appletiser
    Cappy
    Coca-Cola
    Jive Cooldrinks
    Lipton Iced Tea
    Liqui Fruit
    Pepsi
    Sprite
    Stoney
    Tropika
    Coolest Colleges 2023
    Boston City Campus
    Capricorn College / Capricorn TVET College / Senwa
    CityVarsity College
    Damelin College
    Harvard College
    IIE Rosebank College
    Richfield College
    Stanford College
    SWGC South West Gauteng College / Mlapo College
    Tshwane North TVET College / TNC / Pretoria North
    Coolest Company to work for 2023
    Anglo American Platinum
    Apple
    Coca-Cola
    Department of Education
    Google
    Government Department / Public Sector
    Mercedes-Benz
    SABC
    Sasol
    Transnet
    Coolest Console Games 2023
    FIFA
    Call of Duty
    Dragon Ball Games
    Grand Theft Auto / GTA
    Ludo
    NBA
    Need for Speed
    Street Fighter 6
    Subway Surfer
    WWE
    Coolest Daily Newspaper 2023
    Cape Times
    Daily Dispatch
    Daily News
    Daily Sun
    Daily Times Newspaper
    Isolezwe
    Sowetan
    The Citizen
    The Star
    The Sun
    Digital learning Platform 2023
    Coursera
    Google Classroom
    Google Play Books
    K53
    LinkedIn Learning
    Mindset Learn 319
    Moodle
    Skillshare
    Vodacom e-School
    YouTube
    Coolest Energy Drinks 2023
    Dragon Energy Drink
    Energade
    Lucozade
    MoFaya Energy Drink
    Predator Energy Drink
    Prime
    Reboost Energy
    Red Bull
    Score Energy Drink
    Switch Energy Drink
    Coolest Fast-Food Places 2023
    Burger King
    Chicken Licken
    Debonairs Pizza
    Hungry Lion
    KFC
    McDonald's
    Nando's
    RocoMamas
    Spur Steak Ranches
    Steers
    Coolest Female Deodorants 2023
    Avon
    Avon Far Away
    Dove / Dove for Women
    Elizabeth Arden Red Door
    Mitchum
    Nivea / Nivea Women
    Oh So Heavenly
    PlayGirl
    Revlon
    Yardley
    Coolest Feminine Hygiene Products 2023
    Always Pads
    Avon
    Dettol
    Dove
    GynaGuard Products
    Kotex
    Lil- Lets
    Nivea / Nivea Women
    Oh So Heavenly
    Stay Free / Stayfree
    Coolest Weekly Newspapers 2023
    City Press Newspaper / City News
    Rapport Newspaper
    Rising Sun
    Sunday Sun
    Sunday Times
    Sunday World
    The Guardian Newspaper
    The Mail & Guardian
    The Sunday News
    TygerBurger Newspaper
    Coolest Accessory & Jewellery Store
    2days Fashion
    American Swiss
    Be Style
    Claires / Claires
    Deonne le Roux Jewellers
    Gold Star
    Honey Fashion Accessories
    J’s Accessories
    Lady7
    MJ Fashion
    Coolest Specialist Health & Beauty Store 2023
    Avon
    Clicks
    Dis-Chem
    Edgars
    Foschini
    MAC
    Signature
    Sorbet
    The Body Shop
    Woolworths
    Coolest Hot beverage 2023
    Cadbury Hot Chocolate
    Freshpak Rooibos Tea
    Hug in a Mug
    Jacobs Kronung Coffee
    Milo
    Mugg & Bean Coffee
    Nescafé
    Nespresso
    Nestlé Hot Chocolate
    Starbucks Coffee
    Coolest Hotel Brands 2023
    City Lodge
    Garden Court
    Hilton Hotel
    Hotel 224
    Manhattan Hotel
    Marriott Hotel
    Protea Hotels by Marriot
    Radisson Blu Hotel
    Southern Sun Hotel
    Sun International Hotel
    Coolest Ice Cream 2023
    Cornetto
    Country Fresh Ice Cream
    Dairy Milk (Dairymilk) Ice Cream
    Farmhouse Ice Cream
    Magnum Ice Cream
    Milky Lane Ice Cream
    Ola Ice Cream
    Oreo
    Woolworths Blueberry Ice Cream
    Woolworths Tin Roof Ice Cream
    Coolest Insurance Brand 2023
    1Life Insurance
    1st For Women
    Assupol
    AVBOB
    Clientéle
    Discovery
    MiWay Insurance
    Old Mutual
    OUTsurance
    Sanlam Insurance
    Coolest Kids TV Channels 2023
    Boomerang (302)
    Cartoon Network (301)
    Disney Channel (303)
    Disney Jnr (309)
    Disney XD (304)
    eToonz (311)
    Jim Jam (310)
    Nickelodeon (305)
    NickToons (308)
    SABC 1 (191)
    Coolest Local Celebrities 2023
    AKA / Kiernan Jarryd Forbes
    Black Coffee / Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo
    Bonang Matheba / Queen B
    Connie Ferguson
    DJ Kabza De Small / Kabelo Motha
    DJ Zinhle / Zintle
    Makhadzi
    Nomzamo Mbatha
    Somizi Mhlongo
    Trevor Noah
    Coolest Local Entertainment Destination 2023
    Garden Route
    Gold Reef City
    Konka
    Kruger National Park
    Robben Island
    Sun City
    Table Mountain
    The Sudwala Caves
    uShaka Marine World
    V & A Waterfront
    Coolest Local Radio Personalities 2023
    Anele Mdoda (Anele And The Club)
    Dineo Ranaka
    DJ Fresh / Thato Sikwane
    DJ Mo Flava
    Lerato Kganyago / LKG
    Selbeyonce (Selby Mkhize) Ukhozi FM
    Skhumbuzo Hlophe (Skhumba) Kaya FM 95.9
    Somizi Mhlongo
    Thando Thabethe
    Thuso Motaung
    Coolest Local TV Programmes/series 2023
    Blood & Water
    Durban Gen
    House Of Zwide
    Imbewu: The Seed
    Skeem Saam
    The Queen
    The River
    The Wife
    Uyajola 9/9
    Uzalo
    Coolest Local Sportspeople 2023
    AB De Villiers
    Benni McCarthy
    Bryan Habana
    Caster Semenya
    Itumeleng Khune
    Percy Tau
    Siya Kolisi
    Themba Zwane
    Thembinkosi Lorch
    Wayde van Niekerk
    Coolest Loyalty programme 2023
    Capitec Live Better
    Checkers Xtra Savings
    Click ClubCard
    FNB eBucks
    MTN
    Pick n Pay Smart Shopper
    Shoprite Xtra Savings
    Spar Rewards
    The North Face XPLR Pass Loyalty Programme
    Vodabucks
    Coolest Make-Up Brands 2023
    Avon
    Clinique
    Estée Lauder
    L’Oréal
    MAC Cosmetics
    Maybelline
    Nivea
    Revlon
    Signature
    Yardley
    Coolest Male Deodorants 2023
    Brut
    Diesel
    Hugo Boss
    Nivea / Nivea Men
    Old Spice
    Playboy
    Sanex
    Shield / Shield for Men
    Solo
    Yardley English Blazer
    Coolest Motor Vehicles Brands 2023
    Audi
    BMW
    Jeep
    Lamborghini
    Mercedes-Benz
    Porsche
    Range Rover
    Rolls Royce
    Toyota
    VW
    Coolest Music Store/Website/Streaming 2023
    Deezer
    Fakaza
    Google Play Music
    iTunes
    JOOX Music
    Mp3 Juice
    Netflix
    SoundCloud
    Spotify
    VidMate
    Coolest Online Accommodations Booking Sites 2023
    Airbnb
    Booking.com
    Computicket.com
    Kayak.com
    Safari.com
    Shot Left
    Travel.com / Travel
    Travelstart
    TripAdvisor / Trip Advisor / Travel Advisor
    Trivago / Hotel Trivago
    Coolest Travel Destinations 2023
    Cape Town
    Dubai
    Durban
    Johannesburg
    Maldives
    Mauritius
    Mpumalanga
    New York
    Paris
    Zanzibar
    Coolest Local Online Influencer 2023
    Boity Thulo
    Connie Ferguson / Harriet Maake the Queen
    Mac G
    Mihlali Ndamase
    Neevan Ferris
    Nomzamo Mbatha
    Refiloe Maele Phoolo / Cassper Nyovest
    Seemah
    Somizi Mhlongo / Somgaga
    Zozibini Tunzi / Zozi
    Coolest Online Store 2023
    Amazon
    Mr Price/MRP
    SHEIN
    Sportscene
    Superbalist
    Takealot
    The FIX
    Woolworths
    Zando
    Zara
    Coolest Petrol Stations 2023
    Astron Petrol Station
    BP
    Caltex
    Elegant Petrol Station
    Engen
    Puma
    Sasol
    Shell
    Total / TotalEnergies
    Viva Garage
    Coolest Public Transport Brand 2023
    Bolt
    City To City
    Gautrain
    Greyhound
    InDriver
    Intercape
    Metrobus
    MyCiti Bus
    Translux
    Uber
    Coolest TV/ Streaming/Content Platforms 2023
    Disney Plus / Disney +
    DStv Now
    Facebook
    Instagram
    Netflix
    Showmax
    Spotify
    TikTok
    Twitter
    YouTube
    Coolest Universities 2023
    Central University of Technology / CUT University
    Mangosuthu University of Technology / MUT
    North West University / NWU / PUKKE
    Sol Plaatje University
    Stanford University
    UNISA / University of South Africa
    University of Fort Hare / UFH
    University of Oxford
    University of Venda / UNIVEN
    Yale University
    Coolest Fitness App 2023
    30 Day Fitness Challenge / 30 Day Challenge
    Apple Fitness
    Daily Yoga
    Google Fit
    Huawei Fitness / Huawei Health
    Nike Training Club
    Planet Fitness live
    Samsung Health App
    SweatCoin Fitness App
    Virgin Active App
    Coolest Food Delivery App 2023
    Bolt Foods
    Checkers Sixty60
    Debonairs Pizza
    KFC
    McDelivery
    Mr D Foods
    Nando’s
    Pick n Pay ASAP!
    Takealot Food Delivery Service
    Uber Eats
    Coolest Gaming Console 2023
    Cellphone
    Computer / Laptop / PC
    Playstation 2 / PS2
    Playstation 3 / PS3
    Playstation 4 / PS4
    Playstation 5 / PS5
    PSP / Sony PSP
    Xbox 360
    Xbox One / Xbox 1
    Xbox Series X/ Series S
    Coolest Grocery Store 2023
    Boxer Super Stores
    Checkers
    Fruit & Veg / Food Lovers Market
    Game Stores
    Makro
    OK / OK Foods
    Pick n Pay
    Shoprite
    Usave
    Woolworths
    Coolest Haircare Products 2023
    Aunt Jackie’s
    Black Chic
    Dark and Lovely
    Dove
    L’Oréal
    Native Child
    Organics Hair Care
    Revlon
    Sofnfree
    TRESemmé
    Coolest Radio Stations 2023
    5FM
    Gagasi FM 99.5FM
    Good Hope FM 94.7
    Heart 104.9 FM
    KFM 94.5
    Lesedi FM 88.4
    METRO FM 96.4
    Motsweding FM
    Radio 2000 FM 97.5
    Thobela FM
    Coolest Sit-Down Restaurants 2023
    Debonairs Pizza
    KFC
    McDonald's
    Mugg & Bean
    Nando's
    Ocean Basket (OB)
    Panarottis
    RocoMamas
    Spur Steak Ranches
    Wimpy
    Coolest Sauces Brands 2023
    All Gold
    Crosse & Blackwell
    Knorr
    Maggi
    Mrs Ball’s
    Nando’s
    Six Gun Grill / 6 Gun Grill Sauces
    Spur Sauce
    Steers
    Wellingtons
    Coolest Savings & Investment Platform 2023
    African Bank
    Capitec
    EasyEquities
    FNB Investor Platform
    JSE / Johannesburg Stock Exchange
    Nedbank
    Old Mutual Invest
    Sanlam
    Standard Bank
    TymeBank
    Coolest Shoe/Footwear Brands 2023
    Adidas
    Bathu
    Converse
    Drip Footwear (Root of fame)
    Gucci
    Jordan / Air Jordan
    Nike
    Puma
    Timberland
    Vans
    Coolest Shopping Malls 2023
    Canal Walk
    Eastgate Shopping Centre
    Gateway
    Mall of Africa
    Mall of the North
    Maponya
    Menlyn
    Pavillion
    Sandton City
    V&A Waterfront
    Coolest Shower Gel 2023
    Avon Shower Gel
    Dove Shower Gel / Body Wash
    Lux Shower Gel
    Nivea Shower Gel
    Oh So Heavenly Shower Gel
    Other
    Protex Shower Gel
    Radox Shower Gel
    Sanex Shower Gel
    Vaseline Body Wash / Shower Gel
    Coolest Skincare Products 2023
    Avon
    Dawn
    Dove
    Eucerin
    Gentle Magic
    L’Oréal
    Neutrogena
    Nivea
    Portia M
    Vaseline
    Coolest Snack Brand 2023
    #Hello Snacks
    BB Snacks
    Cadbury Dairy Milk
    Doritos
    Fritos
    Go-Slos
    Maynards
    Oreos
    Pringles
    Simba Chips
    Coolest Soap Bars 2023
    Dettol Bar Soap
    Dove Beauty Cream Bar
    Johnson & Johnson Soap
    Lifebuoy Soap
    Lux Soap
    Nivea Soap
    Palmolive Soap
    Protex Soap
    Sunlight Bar Soap
    Sunlight Green Bar
    Coolest Social Media App 2023
    Facebook
    Instagram
    LinkedIn
    Moya
    Snapchat
    Telegram
    TikTok
    Twitter
    WhatsApp
    YouTube
    Coolest Spreads 2023
    Black Cat Peanut Butter
    Blossom
    Chocnut Spread
    Flora Margarine Spread
    Melrose
    Nutella
    Rama
    Stork Margarine / Country Spread
    Sunshine D
    Yum Yum Peanut Butter
    Coolest Stationery Store 2023
    Checkers
    CNA
    Crazy Store
    Game Stores
    Makro
    PEP Stores
    PNA
    Shoprite
    Typo
    Van Schaik Bookstore
    Coolest Sweets 2023
    Amajoya
    Beacon Sweets
    Cadbury Eclairs
    M&Ms
    Manhattan Marshmallows
    Maynards
    Pin Pop
    Skittles
    Stumbo
    Yogueta
    Coolest Technology Brand 2023
    Apple
    Google
    Hisense
    Huawei
    LG
    META (Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp)
    Samsung
    Sony
    Tesla
    TikTok
    Coolest Tinned Food 2023
    All Gold
    Bull Brand
    Glenryck
    Heinz
    KOO
    Lucky Star
    Pot O Gold
    Rhodes
    Saldanha
    Woolworths
    Coolest Telecomms Provider 2023
    Cell C
    China Mobile
    Green Telecoms
    MTN
    Mweb
    Rain
    Telkom
    Vodacom
    VOX Telecom
    Vuma
    Coolest Toy Store 2023
    Babies R Us
    Baby City
    Crazy Store
    Game
    Makro
    Shoprite
    Takealot
    Toy Kingdom
    Toys R Us
    ToyZone
    Coolest TV Channels 2023
    BET
    Cartoon Network / CN
    Channel O
    Disney Channel
    M-Net
    Moja Love
    MTV Base
    Mzansi Magic
    Studio Universal
    TLC Entertainment

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