What’s my role in society?-Reflections on the CEP

I would like to believe that you are probably unsure about what CEP is.If that is the case then I am glad because i wanted to grab your attention as you were probably scrolling through all the blog posts from my fellow SAWIP team mates.Well you are likely to feel rather disheartened to only learn that CEP actually stands for Community Engagement Project,I am glad to let you in on some of the inside SAWIP lingo,here is to learning.Read more

Pathways to development in Africa

As the Gauteng team we have recently had a session which was facilitated by Dr Renosi Mokate.Dr Renosi is the CEO of the UNISA School of Business Leadership (SBL) and a chairperson on the SAWIP board (South Africa).

Our discussion was on pathways to development in Africa.She began by giving us the history of Africa;unpacking the periods of slavery and the extractive-colonial period of the continent .We spoke about how the historic economic prospects of the continent was based on the production of raw materials and resources whose economic success did not and was never intended to benefit Africans.Read more

Reflection on African leadership,the past,present and the future

Leadership is the engine that moves every country or groups of people forward in different spaces of life. Leadership in itself can be defined in different ways by different people.

I interpret leadership as the ability to identify the ideal situation for your constituency and mobilize resources and talents to adequately address the problems questions at hand.Read more

Reflecting on diversity and lived experiences

This past week we have had the honor and privilege of attending a panel discussion on exploring global perspectives ,diversity and lived experiences which was moderated by Janel George(Director of Federal Reproductive Rights and Health at the National Women’s Law Center) at the Centre for American progregress.The panel comprised of two students from SAWIP;Sipho and Khanyiso and two WIP(Washington-Ireland Programme) students.The conversatiotion hinged around what diversity means to each of the four participants and what their lived experiences were growing up in a post conflict nation.Read more

Calling myself out : Violence against women

It feels very nice and rewarding to bask in the glory of being a “good man” and have society perceive you are an exception to the norm and acknowledge you for being a good member of society.

I’m writing with regards to the recent uproar around femicide and the systematic violence on women in South Africa.Read more

Miners shot down : Remebering Marikana

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I take deep pride in my SA identity. I know that the rights and freedoms i enjoy today have been fought for me by those who have gone before me. In the same breath,I feel a sense of responsibility to never take them for granted whilst navigating the possibility to question my experience in SA as a black person with the prevalence of the same freedoms and rights.Read more

My personal reflections and the journey to SAWIP.

We live in a world that forces us to constantly prove ourselves as an indication that our lives are moving forward and that we are headed for “success”. The word success has deliberately been enclosed in inverted commas because it does not have have a universal definition,as far as I’m concerned.Read more