The Boards of Directors in both South Africa and Washington DC are delighted to announce that SAWIP has begun its expansion in Gauteng.


As a first step SAWIP and the University of Pretoria have entered into an agreement which has resulted in the selection of two SAWIP Champions from their campus.




Mmathapelo is a third year BComLaw student. She is very active on campus serving as a member of the following university structures: Temporary Student Committee (SRC); the Senate and its Appeal Committee; the Institutional Forum; the Time Table Committee; the Study Aid Fund. She also sits on the university’s Nominations Committees for both the Abe Bailey Travel Bursary and Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship. She has been active in cultural, social and community service on her campus working on social cohesion through the Ovuwa structure and with the MmaLerato Orphanage in Mamelodi. She has been a soccer player and studied stage management through the SA State Theatre. Her current work experience is with the Distance Education Call Centre at her university which assists students with information on academic, media and general matters.




Alwyn is a third year BPolSci student. He is passionate about international relations, the development of South Africa and our Continent. He serves as the Chairperson of the Executive Committee of the University Humanities Faculty House and holds the office of PR Liaison officer on the Executive Committee of the UP Students Political Association. Alwyn continues to hold down many part-time positions as driver, handyman, marshal, hockey coach and is the founding director of a company established to create job opportunities. He is an active debater in the Model United Nations society, belongs to the Journalism Society and is active in the Corporate Youth Society as well as the African Union Society (Pretoria Chapter). He has volunteered as a counsellor in an Aids Centre. He has a wide range of hobbies and interests which are intellectual, cultural, sporting


In order to become briefed about the Washington, D.C. element of the program Alwyn and Mmathapelo will be flying to D.C. on the 19 Team in action. They will also meet host families and visit work placements.


On their return on the 20th of July they will continue to learn about SAWIP and share the program’s vision, mission and values as well as its curriculum both with university staff and students.


With their help SAWIP aims within three years to be able to select annually a second Team of fifteen emerging leaders drawn from the Universities of Pretoria, the Witwatersrand and Johannesburg.