SAWIP Team of 2009
University of Cape Town (UCT) – Politics, Public Policy and Administration & Sociology
Samantha is an undergraduate at the University of Cape Town and intends beginning a Postgraduate LLB next year. She has a long history of involvement in community outreach. She is passionate about politics and enjoys attending political debates as well as challenging herself by writing political pieces for the campus newspaper’s opinions section. When she is not working to build herself a career in South Africa’s Public Policy sector she spends her free time taking dance lessons, a passion of hers from a young age. Samantha’s achievements include being selected on to the UCT Student Representative Council (SRC) in her first year of study.
University of Cape Town (UCT) – Actuarial Science – Honours
Nicholas is pursuing Honours in Actuarial Science. He has been awarded scholarships for college and graduate study and was named a Goldman Sachs Global Leader for his leadership roles and entrepreneurial endeavours. He enjoys exercising his creative capacity and has exhibited acrylic and oil paintings at the Sandton Art gallery. He was elected by his peers as a representative for 3000 commerce students and is also co-founder of The Funda Initiative, a student run organisation that provides educational resources and career guidance to underprivileged students in Nyanga township.
Nicholas is passionate about upliftment through educational opportunities and in light of this is co-authoring a university statistics textbook. He has a fascination for the financial markets and has completed internships with Citibank and Trendline Hedge Fund. Nicholas would love to work to develop specialised and creative lending solutions for emergent consumers.
University of Stellenbosch (US) – Political Science
Fazlin is a final year Humanities student, majoring in political science and history. She has a keen interest in youth development and sport, and is the co-founder of a street soccer/netball club in her community. She has been involved in various organisations ranging from religious societies to broader based organisations like Habitat for Humanity. Fazlin’s desire to see change within her community has driven her to be actively involved in activities that empower and motivate the youth to believe in the “power of their dreams”. Fazlin is also an avid cricket player.
University of the Western Cape – Law Degree (LLB)
Ayanda is a 2nd year LL.B student at the University of the Western Cape. He is the eldest of 5 children, born and raised in rural Umtata in the Eastern Cape. Coming from this underdeveloped and disadvantaged rural village, where the majority of young people are not educated, Ayanda has been a role model to those who have not been fortunate enough to be in school. He has started a Community Based Organization (CBO) that is registered as a Non Profit Organization in his current home town.
He has been very involved in community building programs, and has volunteered as a peer facilitator in local high schools. He is also very involved in politics and is a member of a student movement, the Pan Africanist Student Movement of Azania (PASMA). He subscribes to the chief doctrine of African people, Africanism, and like many African leaders he has a dream of a United States of Africa.
University of Cape Town (UCT) – Business (Finance and Economics)
Emma is a 21 year old post-graduate student undertaking Business Honours in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management at the University of Cape Town and CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst level I) this year. She completed an Economics and Finance under-graduate degree in 2008, and has a qualification in Performance and Communications. Her passion belongs to entrepreneurship, development and upliftment in South Africa.
During secondary school she launched the Out Reach Program, an organization that undertakes various projects from the mentoring and tutoring of orphans, food drives, cultural and musical events for retirement centres and homeless children, volunteering at DARG Animal Rescue Centre, and numerous successful fund-raising events. She is currently forming a NPO venture in Cape Town which is aimed at educating previously disadvantaged adults in the informal settlement of Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay. It is aimed at adults who seek basic business skills.
University of the Western Cape – International Relations – Honours
Sabelo is pursuing his studies in International Relations. His thesis is about the Current Global Financial Crisis and how it impacts the SADC (Southern African Development Community) Regional Bloc, of which South Africa is a member. Sabelo is also very involved and interested in political affairs, particularly through story telling (personal accounts of historic events by observers). He believes that politics largely shape most aspects of life. He has been very involved with student and youth governance both in university circles as well as in his home communities, wherever he has lived over the years.
University of Cape Town – Business and Law
Lebusa Meso is a final year postgraduate LLB student at the University of Cape Town. Lebusa has previously completed a Commerce undergraduate degree majoring in Management Studies and Law. His involvement in community service includes having tutored Computer Literacy, English and Accounting skills to high school learners. He has also been intimately involved with the St Lukes Hospice, giving seminars to aid workers on basic legal issues affecting their communities.
Currently, Lebusa is involved with the Laureus Foundation which teaches basic social skills to young children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Lebusa speaks six languanges, enjoys a game of rugby and further has a strong desire to experience the cultures and people of other countries.
University of Stellenbosch – Law
Nadine has a Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences in International Studies and is now currently pursuing a post-graduate law degree, with the hope of one day becoming an advisor. She has been involved in many community interaction projects such as: building houses with Habitat for Humanity; setting up and fundraising for two scholarship programs in Cape Town; coaching sport and teaching and working in small desert communities in South Africa to mention a few. She has also held various leadership positions such as one of the head scholars of her senior school, house captain, vice-captain of the swimming team and chairing committees.
At university she was, and currently is, involved in promoting community interaction, encouraging dialogue between students from different backgrounds, transformation and diversity, and working on projects to foster well balanced students.
University of Cape Town – Bachelor of Business Science: Economics
Musa is a third year student at the University of Cape Town. He is studying towards the Bachelor of Business Science degree, majoring in Economics. He has a passion for teaching and developing people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and has shown that through his involvement in Junior Achievement South Africa, and his local Rotary Interact Society. Musa also has a keen interest in English, and has received multiple awards during his high school career such as the DeBeers English Olympiad Gold Award and the O’Farrell Stone trophy for composition and writing. One of his aspirations is to publish a book about friendship.
University of Cape Town – Post Grad LLB
Vivek hails from the small town of Pietermaritzburg. He left for the bright lights of the city to attend the University of Cape Town where he completed an honours in economics last year. Convinced that his future did not lie in the realm of pure economics, Vivek is now a budding lawyer at UCT. His hope is to combine his knowledge of economic principles with an understanding of the actual legal environment to which they must ultimately adhere. He hopes to make a significant contribution the development of a just, more equitable international trade regime which is sympathetic to the plight of the developing world.
His true passion lies in debating. He has been a SA speaker, coach and trainer at international championships around the world. He is currently the training director of the African Schools Debating Championships and the Tournament Director of the World University Debating Championships in Botswana (2010/2011).
University of Stellenbosch – BA International Studies
Zyanda Stuurman was born in Cape Town, raised in the small town of George and is currently in her final year of a BA International Studies at Stellenbosch University. Although an only child she comes from a large extended family, which play a significant role in here life. She is passionate about educating herself and plans to do a post-graduate law degree next year and eventually, a Masters degree in International Trade Law. Her ultimate dream is to work for the Development Bank of Southern Africa. This is because she believes that the only way Africa and its people, will ever claim their place on the world stage is through free and fair trade on an equal playing field with the rest of the world.
Petrus van Niekerk
University of Stellenbosch – Business Management
Petrus van Niekerk is a second year business management and development studies student at the University of Stellenbosch. He has recently become more actively involved in a local NGO called REAR (Reconciliation and Restoration) operating in the poverty-stricken parts of Cape Town that aims to mobilize people to define their own poverty, needs and development. He intends becoming a minister of reconciliation who mediates peacemaking in local communities where socio-economic and/or socio-cultural conflicts arise.
He aims to daily participate in the networking of young visionaries of his country who dream of a prosperous future for the Republic of South Africa where the consequences of the past injustices of segregation are eradicated and all its people become united.
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