John Smit (the most capped captain in international rugby history) and Sibusiso Xaba (SAWIP Alumnus 2010)


Nic Crosby (Alumn 2009), Sibusiso Xaba (Alumn2010), Masana Mulaudsi (Alumn 2010) and Emma Margetts (Alumn 2009) with SAWIP’s (SA) UK-based Board Director, Peter Rogan, organized and hosted a public event at the Ince & Co LLP offices in the City of London on the 18th March. About 120 guests enjoyed hospitality, the spectacular view over Tower Bridge and inspiring engagement with John Smit, the legendary Springbok rugby captain, and young, talented and inspirational South African leaders who make up SAWIP’s London Alumni Chapter.


Sibusiso and Masana welcomed guests by sharing something of their experiences in London and what SAWIP has meant to them. Masana is studying an MSc in Political Economy at the London School of Economics on a Chevening Scholarship. She ended off her informal address by saying:


‘…I am excited to learn as much as possible, live as fully as I can, and share my passion for the continent with all I come across. I look forward to returning home in a year’s time as a better version of myself, ready to be of service to my country and her people.’ (To read her whole speech click here.)


Sibs, Financial Analyst (Africa Sales) for Goldman Sachs, told of his SAWIP experience:


‘The next few months with these individuals (SAWIP Team 2010) would be one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life, shaping many of the decisions I would make in future…..When I look at what the Class of 2010 is doing all over the world today, I am even more convinced that SAWIP is truly a program designed to shape the next generation of South African leaders.’ (To read the whole speech click here.)


Mihir Bose, one of the most highly regarded sports journalists in the world, then interviewed John Smit. One of the guests said: ‘John had us all eating out of his hands!


John, through his responses, demonstrated that he is/has been an exemplary leader in sport, whose success can largely be attributed to an X factor which is his human, downto-earth style, characterized by a caring for and genuine interest in his team players, his humility and time willingly given to others.


Peter Rogan and our SAWIP Alumni were happy that they could:

  • Assure South Africans living in London as well as UK guests that there is investment in leadership development of emerging, talented young South African leaders who will in time lead South Africa;
  • Expose the guests to young leaders who will contribute to the consolidation of South Africa’s democracy, who will create work, help to alleviate poverty and address the socio-economic-political challenges that the country faces;
  • Build confidence in South Africa as a destination for investment, tourism et al…;
  • Strengthen the SAWIP Alumni Chapter in London.


Brian Currin (SAWIP (SA) Board Director)