Class of 2014 at their graduation on October 10th at the Stellenbosch Institute for
Advanced Study (STIAS).


After an intensely stimulating, demanding and challenging seven month program the evening provided an opportunity to celebrate the commitment, the achievements of each 2014 team member as well as the relationships formed. The videos, produced by the team, uploaded on this website, give a glimpse into both the light hearted and serious elements of their experience.


It was also a platform to showcase their talents and the impact of the SAWIP program on their personal and skill development. The Class’s appreciation for the opportunity was demonstrated in many ways and their speeches were perfect vehicles to hear their own voices, share in what SAWIP has meant to them and how they commit to contributing to our social development and creating a ripple effect for the common good.



Sechaba Nkitseng, Li’Tsoanelo Zwane and Lehlohonolo Mokoena presenting the Team’s collective journey and achievements (to read their speeches please click on their names).


Lee Shneider, host family mom and co-ordinator in Washington DC, being thanked by the Team.


One could hear a pin drop as the guest speaker, Ms. Glenda Wildschut, engaged the guests on the nature of leadership using a metaphor taken from the world of music.


Ms Wildschut speaking on: “Leadership in four part harmony:
making music together”.


The climax of the whole SAWIP experience – the Team Community Engagement projects – were captured in speeches and a video and the profound experiences and insights shared.



Brynne Guthrie and Erwyn Durman Specking on the University of Pretoria Team Community Engagement Project (to read their speeches please click on their names).


Imaad Isaacs and Sihle Nontshokweni speak of the Western Cape Community Engagement project.


Kgotsi Chikane (SAWIP 2012 Alumnus and Board member) welcomed the Class of 2014 into the SAWIP Alumni Association and encouraged them to be both active in the Association and powerful change agents in our quest for social justice.


Kgotsi Chikane (SAWIP 2012 Alumnus and Board member)