Melvyn Lubega (SAWIP Alumnus 2010)
Rhodes Scholarship Recipient 2013


Melvyn has been selected as South Africa’s at-large Rhodes Scholarship recipient for 2013. He plans to study at Oxford University’s Saïd School of Business and obtain his Master’s degree in Financial Economics, as well as a Master’s in Economics for Development.


“I am deeply humbled by my selection – humbled not only by the immense opportunity that it presents, but also by the investment that is being made towards my development and that of my community. My goal is to one day be at the helm of meaningful partnerships between the public and private sectors, and I believe studying further will help to hone the necessary skill set to do so.


SAWIP and the Rhodes scholarship espouse the same values, with a strong commitment towards developing South Africa and the continent. I look forward to drawing from my SAWIP experiences with the class of 2010 and 2011 to better contextualize my learning at Oxford.”



Matthew de la Hey (SAWIP Alumnus 2011)

Study at Oxford University


SAWIP is delighted to announce that Matt de la Hey has been accepted into both the MSc African Studies programme and the BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics programme at Oxford University for academic year 2013-2014. He notes his sentiments about the opportunity here:


“I am absolutely thrilled to have been offered a place at Oxford. It has been a dream of mine for quite some time and at last it is one that has come to fruition. I applied to Oxford on a whim directly after school and did not get in– this was at the time a big disappointment but I resolved to soldier on and make sure I got there at some stage. Looking back I think it was for the best though: I have met incredible people over the past few years (cue Stellenbosch, SAWIP & Mandela Rhodes) and have had the most wonderful experiences and opportunities.


I now look forward to studying something quite different in one of the world’s oldest universities. I will come back more well-rounded in my thinking and with a range of new perspectives, ready to dive right into making my mark in South Africa.


Before going to the UK to start in October I plan on doing some backpacking in India, a pilgrimage walk called the Camino de Santiago and working on an organisation called InkhuluFreeHeid which was founded by a group of SAWIP alums. I remain ever grateful for the strong push off the starting block that came from SAWIP and the unbeatable team of 2011.”