SAWIP Team of 2010
University of Cape Town (UCT) – Political Science
Gillion Bosman is a third year student that has spent the majority of his formative years working as an activist for social change in Cape Town. He has worked as part of the Embili Youth Empowerment Fund, where he organized a visual literacy exhibition following the first ten years of Democracy in South Africa. He was also selected as an Anti-Racism and Human Rights Ambassador for the Unboxed Programme, where he has established a community project on stereotypes called, Expression. Currently, Gillion is a part of the British Council-run social awareness programme called, Identities and Diversity Project. He is currently a Co-Facilitator and Director of Youth End Poverty Project in Cape Town.
University of Cape Town (UCT) – International Relations – Honours
Tara Dales completed an undergraduate Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 2009. Currently Tara is doing an Honour’s degree in International Relations. Throughout her university career, Tara has been an active member of the UCT RAG organisation, which raises money for SHAWCO, a UCT-based charity. In 2007, she was marketing manager for Sax Appeal, a satirical magazine. In 2009 Tara was a RAG Project Manager for ‘Graduation Wine’ as well as ‘Launch Your Band’. In the same year Tara was elected to the UCT Student’s Representative Council. She was the 2008 Entertainment Representative for her hostel. Tara has been involved in the building of more than 20 houses for Habitat for Humanity. She is a trained ballet dancer who is passionate about the arts and using the power of media as a platform to create social change.
University of Cape Town (UCT) – Business Science
Lungelo is currently in his third year of a Business Science Degree at the University of Cape Town with a double major in Accounting and Finance. He has a passion for science and many of his earlier achievements indicate this such as his Eskom award for Young Scientist of the Year. His wish is to align his degree with this passion for science. Lungelo serves as the Chairman of The Commerce Students’ Council which is one of the highest decision – making bodies at the university. He is also a Sub-Warden of his university residence. Lungelo works at KPMG during his vacation time and enjoys playing sports.
University of Cape Town (UCT) – Business Studies Actuarial Science
Melvyn Lubega is a third year Business Science – Actuarial Science student at the University of Cape Town. He has excelled academically and is currently on the Dean’s Merit List. Melvyn is actively involved in a number of his university’s auspices, and is an Anglo American Scholar. Currently, he is Vice-President of the university’s Students’ Representative Council and is the student member on the university’s Finance Committee. He represented South Africa at the 2007 UNA-USA Model UN Debating Competition held in New York. He was named Allan Gray Orbis Fellow of the year for 2008. For his community involvement, he was awarded the Gold-Level President’s Award for Youth Empowerment. Melvyn hopes to further his studies abroad, but ultimately hopes to do work focused on long-term planning to ensure collective African, and more particularly South African, development.
Stellenbosch University (US) – Entertainment and Competition Law
Banele is currently a second year LLB (Undergraduate) student at the University of Stellenbosch. Banele has offered her services in both her residence as well as the university as a whole. As a member of multiple societies, she has taken up positions in sub-committees, organizing teams as well as marketing teams. After being a member of the first year’s committee at her university residence, Banele was selected to be a member of the second year’s committee for 2010. In addition to all these commitments Banele has managed to self publish a book, titled My Name is Grace, which she is currently marketing.
University of Cape Town (UCT) – Public Policy and Administration – Honours
Nomfundo Magudulela is an Honours level Public Policy and Administration student at the University of Cape Town. Nomfundo is very involved in community development initiatives particularly in areas of education and social rights. Her interests lie in education and the ways in which the state can provide opportunities for both educators and learners in developing countries. She currently sits on the executive of an education focused Non Profit Organisation, SHAWCO, and has headed the student branch of an HIV/Aids activist organisation, Treatment Action Campaign. In 2009, Nomfundo spent the summer at a Research Colloquium at Williams College in Massachusetts, USA as a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow.
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University of Cape Town (UCT) – Economics – Honours
Uhuru Malebo is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree in Economics at the University of Cape Town. Uhuru is a committed leader at the University and is currently a member of the UCT 2010 Student Representative Council. Previously, Uhuru served as a House Committee member at the Kopano Residence and Vice-President of SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise), UCT chapter. In 2008, Uhuru launched Milk It, a marketing and consultancy business aimed at the service industry. He has a passion for the economic development of Africa, and this has seen him being awarded the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Scholarship. Uhuru is continuously developing himself to play a pivotal role in the fight against poverty and inequality.
University of Cape Town (UCT) – Bachelor of Business Science Economics
Sabeeha Mansoor is a third year Economics student at the University of Cape Town. She is currently a Fellow of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, which identifies and fosters entrepreneurship in selected students in South Africa. Sabeeha has been involved in community service projects throughout her high school and university career, but the projects that have remained close to her heart are those involving children and the issues surrounding education. Sabeeha is involved in the Help2Read volunteer organization, which pairs volunteers with students who have reading difficulties and impediments. Sabeeha is passionate about South Africa and the potential of its people. She strives to be involved in community projects that she believes will have a social impact. Sabeeha has a keen interest in issues surrounding developmental economics in Africa, and intends to become involved in this field after completing her degree.
Bryony Lindiwe Matthee
Stellenbosch University (SU) – Postgraduate Law
Bryony is a fourth year student at Stellenbosch University studying a postgraduate Law degree. She helped in the 2009 national South African elections by spreading awareness of making a politically informed decision amongst the youth. Bryony works with under-privileged children from various informal settlements in the Western Cape with projects concerning education. She also oversees various diversity programmes in her university residence at Stellenbosch University. Part of her diverse interests lie in sport and its effects on crossing racial lines in South Africa. Bryony has been awarded medals and certificates in music (flute and piccolo) and in sports (hockey, table tennis and athletics).
University of Western Cape (UWC) – Political Studies
Khaya Mayile is a graduate from the Emerging Leadership Academy at the Centre for Conflict Resolution which is based at the University of the Western Cape. Khaya is currently doing his final year in interdisciplinary studies at the University of Western Cape and majoring in Political Science. Concurrently with his studies, Khaya is registered for an advanced leadership course at the University of the Western Cape. Khaya is also a recipient of different awards for essay writing, debating and poetry writing. He has developed a keen interest in motivational literature especially that of Ben Okri and has adopted these teachings in his approach to his life.
University of Cape Town (UCT) – African Studies – Honours
Masana Mulaudzi is a graduate in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Cape Town who is also a performance artist and writer. She is presently doing her Honours degree in African Studies and has a passion for social, spiritual and economic development. Masana has volunteered for Young in Prison and Phakama, working with youth in prison and also those at risk. Masana is one of three scholars from 2007 to hold the Anglo American scholarship in South Africa and is also presently the youngest resident poetess under the British Council’s Verbalized Poetry Tour that is touring South Africa and the UK. Her interests include the arts and African identity and this has led her to found her own organisation called Empty Tin Can, dedicated to providing performance platforms for those in need.
Mattheus Hendrikus Wessels
University of Stellenbosch (SU) – History – Honours
Mattheus Wessels completed his Bachelor of Arts in International Studies in 2009, and is currently doing his Honours degree in History, focusing on the future of the study of History. He has had the privilege of being an exchange student whilst in High School. This exchange took him to Germany and thus he has a keen interest in learning and speaking German. Mattheus Wessels has worked for his University’s Fundraising Committee, Maties RAG (Remember and Give), for the last 3 years and holds the position of Vice-Chair. Mattheus takes great pride in his Afrikaner roots and lives this out in the new South Africa whilst also embracing the emerging South African identity.
University of Cape Town (UCT) – Business Science – Finance, Chartered Accountancy
Sibusiso Xaba is a third year Finance student at the University of Cape Town. Sibusiso’s passion lies in investing and entrepreneurship and thus, he is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of a small investment management business namely SYH Investments CC. His passion for business resulted in him receiving the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Business of The Year award in 2009 along side his team members. Sibusiso runs a project under the SHAWCO organisation in informal settlements around Cape Town that is focused on initiating, developing and supporting businesses. The project is expected to be featured in the Social Enterprise World Forum in 2011. Sibusiso’s leadership has resulted in him being voted in as the student representative on The Board of Directors for SHAWCO. Sibusiso’s life dream is to make a difference in the lives of thousands of Africans through the power of entrepreneurship.
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