SAWIP Team of 2011
University of the Western Cape (UWC) – LLB candidate (final year)
Ilke Bosman is a final year LLB student at the University of the Western Cape. She is dedicated to striving for social justice, equality and human rights. Ilke serves on the Law Students Council, and actively participates in social justice organizations Students for Law and Social Justice, and Street Law. Throughout her degree she has been involved in various leadership programs and has recently graduated from the Emerging Leaders Academy based at the University of the Western Cape. Considering herself to be a Social Justice Ambassador, upon completing her LLB degree she wishes to further her social justice and human rights aspirations through a master’s degree in either child justice or family law.
Matthew de la Hey
Stellenbosch University (SU) – Bachelor of Accounting
Matthew is in his third year of studying towards a B Accounting degree at the University of Stellenbosch. He is a farmer’s son from rural Kwa-Zulu Natal. He is actively involved as a member of Golden Key, on the organizing team of TEDx Stellenbosch, a Rachel’s Angels Trust mentor and a keen canoeist. This year he founded and coordinated the now annual “Two Oceans Charity Run” which benefits farm-schools in the Stellenbosch area, sponsored by Media24. He believes strongly in the value of education and its ability to change people’s lives. He is an aspiring author, interested in economics, history, politics and current affairs and enjoys running, reading, painting, and fly-fishing.
Erik de Ridder
University of Cape Town (UCT) – Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Civil Engineering
Erik de Ridder is a student of civil engineering and economics. He has served on the University of Cape Town Students’ Representative Council, is a member of the founding team of the African Student Leaders’ Summit and is part of the founding team of BlueBuck Network, a national youth environmental coalition. He has received awards in recognition of his academic work, commitment to social outreach, and environmentalism and leadership activities. He hopes to further his studies abroad and hopes to ultimately settle and serve in leadership on the continent of African.
University of Cape Town (UCT) – Bachelor of Business Science in Finance and Marketing
Dinika is currently in her 4th year of undergraduate study at the University of Cape Town (UCT), majoring in both Finance and Marketing. In 2009 she was elected Chairperson of the Commerce Students’ Council and was one of three South African students to receive the Goldman Sachs Global Leader Award. She also represented South Africa at the Procter & Gamble “European Financial Seminar” in Geneva. Dinika’s passions led her to volunteer with SHAWCO as a business-mentor for underprivileged entrepreneurs in the township of Khayelitsha. Dinika is currently the Community Relations Director of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE-UCT) -an organization that aims to develop South African communities through the positive power of social entrepreneurship.
Stellenbosch University (SU) – BMus (Piano Performance)
Irene Kim is a third year BMusic (Piano Performance) student at Stellenbosch University. She has been a recipient of various accolades in her field and is an up-and-coming classical pianist in South Africa. Irene has been actively involved in leadership positions from her school years and is currently vice-chairperson of the Music students representative council and her class representative. Photography is another strong passion of hers, which has manifested itself in her starting a photography business ‘Smile Little Bird’ and reaching out to the community through a photography class project, the Project KIKI. Irene wants to be the bridge between classical music performance, NGO management and photography.
Pumeza (Thembi) Losi
University of Cape Town (UCT) – Bachelor of Business Science Economics
Thembi’s passion lies in education. She has served as the Junior City Council Mayor of Port Elizabeth in her senior year of high school, working with students to fundraise for community service projects and local charities. She currently assists underprivileged primary school learners as a mathematics tutor through SHAWCO, a student-run organization. She has a keen interest in the performing arts and public speaking and as a previous national winner of the Anglo-American Sowetan Young Communicators’ Awards, she facilitates public speaking workshops to high school learners in the Western Cape. Thembi currently serves as Secretary General on the InvestSoc Society Executive Board, and oversees its Community Development portfolio, with particular interest in the ‘Adopt-A-Child’ high school mentorship program.
University of Cape Town (UCT) – Chemical Engineering (final year)
Wandile is a final year chemical engineering student at the University of Cape Town. He is a leader, a thinker and activist committed to the building of Africa in general and South Africa in particular. Among others, as chairperson he led the Black Management Forum Student Chapter at the University of Cape Town to being named the top branch in South Africa across 39 Universities and he was named the most outstanding student leader in a society or student organization by the University in 2009. He has also served the Student Representative Council as a Vice President in 2010. He is currently a member of the SHAWCO board, represents the South American Business Forum in South Africa, as well as being a steering committee member of the International Forum on African Development.
Stellenbosch University (SU) – Law and Commerce postgraduate
Crystal is a final year law student at Stellenbosch University. During her university career she has taken up a number of positions in student leadership including serving as the SRC Election Convener, the Convener of the AmaMaties Cluster, a House Committee Member, and a member of the LLL Housing Council. Crystal has been influential in policy development sitting on both the Juridical Society Constitution revision committee and the committee redrafting the Student Constitution and creating a Bill of Student Rights. Her particular campus interests include promoting women in leadership and encouraging participation in the democratic and political process. Crystal is a consultant at the Legal Aid Clinic and mentor for the Financial Literacy Project which teaches school pupils and farm workers in underprivileged areas about debt management and their rights under National Credit Legislation.
University of Cape Town (UCT) – Bachelor of Arts – Sociology Gender Studies and Law (final year)
Mangaka is in her final year of undergraduate studies at the University of Cape Town. She is the South African Brand Ambassador for India Future of Change, an initiative that seeks to collaborate and co-ordinate a better future for Third World countries. She is the winner of South Africa’s Student Apprentice Challenge 2010 and serves as Procter and Gamble’s Student Ambassador. Previously Mangaka served as the Humanities Faculty Council Chairperson 2010 where she founded a recruitment program ‘Student for a Day’ that seeks to bridge the gap between high school learners and university students. She is serves as the National Youth Ambassador for the South African Red Cross Society. Her humanitarian efforts have been acknowledged through her nomination for the Shoprite Checkers Women of the Year Award. Concurrently, she has established an African Leadership Network. Mangaka is an aspiring author.
Wilhelm Dempers Meyer
Stellenbosch University (SU) – Bachelors of Commerce in Industrial Psychology (Hons)
Dempers is a resident of Dagbreek Hostel and is serving in his second year as a House Committee member. He founded a mentorship community project where 15 underprivileged high school boys from the Stellenbosch area are benefitting from a leadership development program. The project’s long term goal is to afford bursaries for the boys to study at the University of Stellenbosch. He also works on a talent and leadership development project with another residence on campus which works with Gr.6/Gr.7 boys and girls from an underprivileged primary school called Bruckner de Villiers in Idas Valley, Stellenbosch. Dempers is passionate about South Africa, education and uplifting the poor and would like to have his own non-profit organization which will offer better educational opportunities for the underprivileged in South Africa.
Phellecitus (Thuli) Montana
University of the Western Cape (UWC) – Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Water Science
Thuli, a second year Environmental and Water Science student at UWC, is from a township called Mamelodi, in Pretoria. She was part of the Representative council of learners from 2005-2009. She is currently part of the I-Care Society at UWC in the position of a Knowledge Enhancement Officer. The I-Care organization focuses on youth development and HIV/AIDS awareness in areas of; school tutoring programs for underprivileged learners, women’s conference, cultural exhibitions and public speakers. Thuli is determined to eliminate the oblivion towards caring for the environment as she sees in people from her university and country. Thuli delights in serving and being part of active leadership organizations.
University of Cape Town (UCT) – Bachelor of Social Science degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics
Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh is currently a third year student at UCT. He served as the president of the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) of the University of Cape Town in 2010 and is co-founder of the African Student Leaders’ Summit (ASLS). He represented South Africa at the inaugural One Young World Summit in London. He is a former Tournament Director of the African Schools’ Debating Championships and member of the African Schools’ Debating Board in 2009. He is cofounder of Grow2Lead, a youth leadership training company established in 2008 which has rolled out programs to over 6000 young South Africans. He was the Speaker of the Johannesburg Junior City Council in 2006.
University of the Western Cape (UWC) – Bachelor of Pharmacy
Abednigo is a second year pharmacy student from the UWC School of Pharmacy. During his university career, he has participated in programs through the UWC Office of Student Development and is currently a Peer Facilitator. His passion for service leadership has been a constant virtue and dictates his project involvement. He was one of few high school students to be on the People to People Ambassadors Program from 2007 through to 2009 which was Founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. He is also a graduate of the Spirit of the Youth leadership program, under the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). He has a passion for changing the medical field and striving for health based community service projects. He aspires to be a Pharmacoeconomist and an advisor of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the long term.
University of Cape Town (UCT) – LLB candidate (final year)
Tess completed her undergraduate degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics with distinction at the University of Cape Town. She is presently in her final year of her postgraduate LLB (law degree). She has been actively involved in student life and community work throughout her varsity career. She has worked with RAG, Students for Law and Social Justice, the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) and Zackie Achmat, She has volunteered at the Athlone Advice District Office as well as taught English in a very rural community in Tanzania. Her most rewarding achievement was as Chairperson of Students for Law and Social Justice (SLSJ) where she founded an initiative called the Student Advice Program at UCT. She is now the SLSJ National-Coordinator of the Student Advice Program where she has been instrumental in starting the project at the University of the Western Cape, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Stellenbosch University this year. For her work in 2010 she was awarded the Deans Award for Service and the Blumberg Prize for the intermediate level student who has worked hard both academically and in service of the wider student community.
University of the Western Cape (UWC) – LLB candidate (final Year)
Nompumelelo is currently completing her final year LLB at the University of the Western Cape. She hails from the small community of Mbekweni just outside of Paarl, coming from a community that is poverty stricken. However, this has not led her to define her ending by her beginning, but rather it has ignited her passion to see the country’s youth actively involved in the betterment of their circumstances and societies. This passion as resulted in her long history of involvement in community service project, such as; Peer Education, Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Mentoring and Tutoring Program and currently a coordinator in Street Law program at the University of the Western Cape. Nompumelelo considers herself an advocate of social justice and change in Africa and a firm believer that you have not changed anything until you change someone’s life.
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