SAWIP is inspiring and developing young South Africans to lead social and economic transformation in our nation.

Social and economic transformation

SAWIP believes that community engagement is essential for developing compassionate leaders and proactive citizens.


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Leadership Development

A six month leadership curriculum both in South Africa and Washington, DC, supplemented by ongoing alumni opportunities.

Community Engagement

A core element of SAWIP, expressed through individual and team projects, both in South Africa and Washington DC.

Professional Exposure

Real world experience provided through six week work exposure in prestigious environments in Washington, DC.

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SAWIP Newsletter – September 2016


In this edition of the SAWIP Newsletter:

  • Letter from the COO Sally Currin (South Africa)
  • Expect to get lost: The SAWIP Summer Program By Cheri-Leigh Erasmus
  • Watching History Unfold By Noxolo Ntaka
  • The Big Apple: A place like no other By Nathi Tyembile
  • Media: Providing Access and Facilitating the Conversation.
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A night of theatre with Dr John Kani

The South Africa-Washington International Program hosted a screening of The Dying Screams of the Moon, a play written by the acclaimed Prof Zakes Mda and directed by the masterful Dr John Kani...

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Latest Team Blog Entries

The ability of leaders to empower others.

“Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.” – John Maxwell   Over the last three weeks, the UP team had their Community Engagement Project at Seshegong Secondary School in Olievenhoutbosch....

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A simple blog about laughter

I was not called to teach in classrooms, I always knew that, but for some reason I always knew that I had to teach somewhere. Nevertheless, I realize more each day that this is not particular to me, it is a quality inherent in every human being. This week my students...

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