SAWIP is thrilled to announce the appointment of the new Program Assistant and Team Managers for the coming year. The new team will be supporting SAWIP Programming for the coming year and will act as mentors to the 2018 Team, when it is selected. These extraordinary individuals represent the incredible diversity and talent of the SAWIP Community and we look forward to seeing them add their mark to SAWIP! The new team includes:

Lehlohonolo Moche, Alumna from 2015, will be Program Assistant for the coming year and responsible for the oversight of the SAWIP Program in Gauteng. Lee is currently completing a Master’s in Industrial Engineering at the University of Witwatersrand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Pretoria. She is also a Mandela Rhodes Scholar. She wishes to design and implement systems and processes to solve complex problems and believes that a risen Africa and South Africa can be achieved through technological progress and change, particularly in the technology and manufacturing industries. She is passionate about gender transformation and the empowerment of women in South Africa. She founded and served as the Chairperson of Lean In at the University of Pretoria and has been a mentor to first year female engineering students.

Thenjiwe Ndimande, Alumna from 2017, will be joining the Gauteng team as Team Manager and will be taking over management of SAWIP Social Media. Thenji was part of the inaugural cohort of students from the University of Johannesburg. She is currently completing the second year of her Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies degree at the University of Johannesburg. She is an aspiring humanitarian concerned about developmental, political, educational, and environmental issues. In 2016, she was appointed Chairperson of the board of Imagine Scholar, a non-profit organisation based in her community that empowers youth development and education. She has been involved in many fundraising campaigns and networking for Imagine Scholar. Thenji intends to apply the knowledge she acquired from her degree and the leadership skills she has assimilated to expand Imagine Scholar facilities and infiltrate neighbouring communities. She believes that empowering and educating the youth is how she is changing the world.

Cecil Lwana, Alumnus from 2013, will be joining the Western Cape team as Team Manager and will be responsible for supporting Alumni activities. Cecil is currently studying towards his MBChB at Stellenbosch University. He holds a Bachelor in Physiotherapy from the University of the Western Cape. Before commencing his studies in medicine he practiced as a physiotherapist, completing his community service with the Eastern Cape Department of Health and then at Roncil Physiotherapists. Cecil has a passion for promoting the development of public healthcare in South Africa.
Finally, Rehana Odendaal will be joining the Western Cape team as Team Manager responsible for monitoring and evaluation of the SAWIP Program. Rehana is currently completing her Master’s in History at the University of Cape Town. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science in History, Economic History and Sociology and Honours in History. Rehana’s research interests are centred around Memory and Identity Formation and the Sociology of Education. Rehana has been the National Chairperson of InkuluFreeHeid, which aims to build Social cohesion, partnership building and active citizenship in South Africa. She has also been Deputy Chairperson of Ubunye and is a recipient of the Abe Bailey Bursary. She is passionate about South Africa and the potential of young people to transform the way that society thinks and acts. We are excited to welcome Rehana into the SAWIP Community and know she will make a lasting impact to the organisation.

SAWIP would like to thank the new team for their willingness to serve SAWIP and invest their time in the development of the next SAWIP Team. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Layla du Plessis, Wayde Groep, Lauren Hess and Khethelo Nkosi for their contribution to SAWIP. The work they have done in the last year has made an indelible mark on SAWIP and the 2017 Team.