SAWIP Team of 2008
University of Cape Town (UCT) – Political Science
Vuyolwethu Goni is a 21 year old Final year law student with an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Cape Town. Her exposure to the harsh realities of inequality in South Africa has led to her passion for social justice issues, and so she has involved herself in initiatives that aim to curb societal matters of inequality and education.
As a firm believer in the power of education as an important tool for empowerment and social transformation, she has worked tirelessly to start up various school support programs in the underprivileged communities in the Western Cape.
Udo Hellberg is currently in his third year at Stellenbosch University majoring in Politics, Philosophy, Economics and Finance. He hails from Vryheid, a small town in the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal.
As a firm believer that the youth is the future of South Africa, he has been involved in numerous community service and leadership organisations in order to start translating his personal vision into reality. At university he is currently involved in helping build the emotional quotient of students through helping initiate the “Courageous Conversations” campaign.
Chéri-Leigh Erasmus is currently completing an MA in International Studies at Stellenbosch University. She also served on the Students’ Representative Council holding the Vice-Chairmananship.
She has always had an interest in international political affairs, and it is for this reason that she would like to pursue a career that combines business and politics. Growing up she was always aware of the value of a good education, and is of the belief that education is the only way in which we will ensure that the people of South Africa reach their full potential. She believes that individuals who lead with integrity are needed to ensure the development South Africa, and the African continent in general.
Thulani Dumisani Success Madinginye has been involved in student leadership since 2005, starting with his residence house committee where he served as the Public Relations Officer and RAG representative. He served as the president of the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) in 2008 which is the highest student decision making body at the University of Cape Town.
He is currently completing a Masters in Economics at the University of Cape Town, where he completed a Batchelor of Business Science. He does not believe in charity, but instead in empowerment because that brings true freedom for those who benefit from it. Empowerment must involve the enhancement of tools so that it can be possible for those who are empowered to really fend for themselves and more than just survive from day to day.
Thami Ledwaba is a Deputy Director at Business Leadership South Africa.
Previously Thami has worked with government and various departments at an advisory capacity. He has held scholarly fellowships through UCT led AW Mellon Foundation in New York. He continues to have wide involvement in scholarly life occasionally publishing papers.
Thami is also a board member within the South African government on the Council on Higher Education, HEQC Board.
Thami holds degrees B.SocSci, B.SocSci (Hons) and MPhil (Public Policy), all obtained from the University of Cape Town.
Rosalind Elphick completed her BA with majors in Law, Media and Business French and Translation in 2997. she has also completed her intermediate year of law at the University of Cape Town. She has been actively involved in her community through work for the Red Cross, Rotary International and Masifundisane, an environmental education project initiated by the Students’ Health and Welfare Centres Organisation. She is currently representing South Africa as the region’s Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar where she hopes to complete a Masters in International Human Rights Law at the University of Sydney. She loves to travel ,listen to live music and good food.
Christo van Wyk
Christo van Wyk is in the porocess of completing his Masters in Business Management majoring in Marketing at the University of Stellenbosch. In recent years he has been involved in various activities within his university, such as serving on the student governing body, being a member of the University of Stellenbosch’s Senate and raising funds for furthering primary education in the community. In conjunction to completing his Masters he is also working full-time for Meltwater News in the city of Cape Town.
“The world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going!“- Anonymous
Jean Scrimgeour completed her Honours in International Relations with a special interest in Peace and Conflict Studies and the University of Cape Town where she also completed her undergraduate studies majoring in Law and Politics. 2007 saw her on the first pilot of the South African Washington Internship Program. She is currently serving as the Program Manager of SAWIP. She has worked for various philanthropic organisations including Rotary, Hospice and Oxfam.
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