Sunday Times Announces 2020 Gen Next Award Winners


The 16th annual Sunday Times Gen Next Awards took place online on 21 August 2020. Winners across 71 categories were celebrated based on the outcome of research conducted by Yellowwood.

The Sunday Times Gen Next survey has established itself as the leading barometer of what South African youths find on-trend and aspirational, and delivers insights that are valued by brand managers, advertising and marketing professionals. The survey had previously been limited to South African youths between the ages of 8 and 23. More than six thousand youths and young professionals across the country were polled during the 2020 survey period, which concluded ahead of the national Covid-19 lockdown.

‘What began as a typical year for the annual Gen Next survey, was turned upside down when shortly after our in-field research was conducted, South Africa went into lockdown. Having analysed these results in a whole new context, we found that many of the insights and brand preferences were only deepened by the pandemic,’ said Refilwe Maluleke, Managing Director of Yellowwood.

Eben Gewers, Head of Advertising Sales and Trade Marketing at Arena Holdings – which owns Sunday Times Gen Next – believes this year’s results will be a key metric of pre-Covid youth preferences and attitudes towards brands. ‘Covid-19 is undoubtedly going to have a dramatic effect on numerous areas of life in the short and long terms. Things are going to change and capturing a ‘before and after’ snapshot of youth brand preferences will provide huge benefit to the South African advertising and marketing industry about how priorities and perspectives may shift in the face of huge socio-economic upheaval.’

Sunday Times Gen Next winners in 2020 include: Always, Apple, Avon, BAR.ONE, Capitec Bank, Cartoon Network (DStv 301), Channel O (DStv 320), Clicks, Coca-Cola, Colgate, College of Cape Town, Dark and Lovely, Doritos, Dove, DStv, Engen, Facebook, FIFA, Game, Gold Reef City, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, KFC’s Add Hope, KOO, Lockdown, Magnum, Mall of Africa, McDonald’s, Mercedes-Benz, Metro FM, Mr. Bean, Mr D Food, Nando’s, Nestlé Hot Chocolate, Nike, NIVEA, NIVEA Men, Nutella, Parmalat, Pin Pop, Playgirl, PlayStation 4 Pro, Protea Hotels, Red Bull Energy Drink, Speak Out, Sportscene, Stimorol, Takealot, Telkom/Telkom Mobile, Toys R Us, University of Cape Town (UCT), Uzalo, WhatsApp, Woolworths Food, WWE Channel (DStv 128) and YouTube.

See the full list of winners below

Watch the awards show here