SAWIP Team of 2012

Alexandra Appelbaum

Alexandra Appelbaum

University of Cape Town (UCT) – Bachelors of History and Political Science

Alexandra Appelbaum is presently in her third year studying towards a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science at the University of Cape Town. She holds the position of Human Resources Manager of the Township Debating League, a project run under the umbrella of the Ubunye NPO, an education-focused community development organization at UCT. She was recently an exchange student at the University of California-Berkeley. A proficient academic, she frequently places amongst the highest achievers in her faculty. Alli is passionate about social justice, development, education, literature, travel and the arts.

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Rekgotsofetse Chikane

Rekgotsofetse Chikane

University of Cape Town (UCT) – Bachelors of Social Science (Economics, Public Policy and Administration)

Rekgotsofetse Chikane is a second year student at the University of Cape Town and is currently studying towards a Bachelors of Social Science, majoring in both Economics and Public Policy and Administration. In 2011, he was elected onto his University residence committee, Kopano, to work on student development and academics within the residence. He currently sits as Chairperson on UCT’s Residence Tutors’ Council and is also Chairperson of the South African Students Congress UCT branch. He is an active advocate for socio-economic equality within South Africa. Rekgotsofetse wants to work within South Africa’s economic policy formulation and implementation institutions. He hopes to be able to influence economic policies within the country as well as within Africa.

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Daniel Hagen

Daniel Hagen

Stellenbosch University (SU) – Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Daniel is currently completing his PGCE at Stellenbosch University with the aim to become a teacher in South Africa. Daniel is currently the Chairperson of Funda Fundisa, a Maties community service project and Stellenbosch University society which provides after- school tutoring to Matric and Grade 11 learners at Kayamandi High School. His passion for the environment has led him to serve as an active wildfire fighter with the Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS) for the past two years. Daniel hopes to combine his interests in political science and education in order to play a leading role in tackling South Africa’s educational challenges.

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Saif Islam Protike

Saif Islam Protike

Univerity of Cape Town (UCT) – Masters in International Relations

Saif Islam is a Masters student in International Relations at the University of Cape Town. As a student leader, Saif has served on the UCT Students’ Representative Council as well as the Humanities Students’ Council. Having graduated with distinction in Political Communication in 2011, he presented his dissertation – which analysed the way South Africans use online forums for democratic deliberation – at the annual South African Communication Association (SACOMM) Conference. He hopes to build on this trend, contributing to public discourse throughout his career. Saif is passionate about the people of South Africa’s potential for greatness and the potential of the region as a major role player in international affairs. His long-term ambition is to pursue a leadership career of service through diplomacy.

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Carel Kleynhans

Carel Kleynhans

Stellenbosch University (SU) – Bachelors of Economics

Carel Kleynhans is a student of economics with aspirations of finding ways to address the massive urban- developmental issues facing Africa and the world. Outside of his studies, Carel wrote/produced a TV show at age 17, co-organized South Africa’s largest music tour for several consecutive years, founded South Africa’s foremost Afrikaans-culture blog, and co-curated SA’s largest TEDx conference. He also founded a multi-university organization for critical thought, attended South Africa’s Brightest Young Minds Conference, travelled to 19 countries and represented South Africa as a student liaison in China in 2011.

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Shannon Lambrechts

Shannon Lambrechts

Stellenbosch University (SU) – Bachelors of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Shannon is in the final year of his undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at Stellenbosch University. During his studies he has served on the Science Student Committee for two years, one in which he served as Chairman. In this role, he represented the faculty of Science on the Academic Affairs Council (2009 – 2010). Shannon is a passionate young leader who believes in developing young people from an underprivileged background by facilitating the transition from school to university through mentorship programs. He hopes to further his studies in Medical Virology and pursue his dream of developing affordable vaccines.

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Zola Mcaciso

Zola Mcaciso

University of the Western Cape (UWC) – Bachelors of Law

Zola is a second year law student at the University of the Western Cape. In 2010, Zola started a study group where he tutored his peers in his community. He is currently establishing a program that will tutor, mentor and motivate students in his community to graduate from high school, as many do not complete their studies. He is currently part of the Emerging Leaders Academy and Street Law at UWC and is also serving in the Student Housing Committee at his residence. Zola is also a recipient of the Allan Gray Fellowship Award in 2012, making him only the 4th recipient of the award at UWC. In the future he aspires to be in the forefront of African leaders who strive to promote human rights and ensure equal treatment under law.

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Phiwe Ndinisa

Phiwe Ndinisa

University of Cape Town (UCT) – Masters of Law

Phiwe graduated with a Bachelors of Law from the University of Fort Hare where he was elected as the Chairperson of the Law Students Council and President of the Rowing Club. He participated in the 8th All African International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition, Inaugural International Supplemental Instruction Leader Student Exchange at the University of Missouri–Kansas City and MultiChoice Fort Hare Inkwenkwezi Trust mentorship programme. He received a University of Fort Hare Leadership and Service Award, and was awarded the Abe Bailey Travel Bursary to the United Kingdom. He is currently a member of the UCT Rowing Club, Legal Welfare Community Organisation, Students for Law and Social Justice and the Social Equality Leadership School. Phiwe intends to be admitted as an Attorney by the end of 2014, and to build a library and computer lab for the school at his rural home in the Eastern Cape by April 2013.

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Kwadwo Ofori Owusu

Kwadwo Ofori Owusu

University of Cape Town (UCT) – Bachelors in Economics and Law

Kwadwo is a fourth year student in Economics and Law, and currently serves on UCT’s Students’ Representative Council. Previously he served as Vice-President External on UCT’s Law Students’ Council as well as two years in the roles of Marketing Coordinator and coach for the student-run community development project, the Township Debating League. In 2008, he was elected Chief-Whip of the Johannesburg Junior City Council and was a co-founder of a leadership initiative that incorporates service into high school leadership. Kwadwo represented South Africa at the inaugural One Young World (OYW) Summit in London and became the first OYW Convening Ambassador for South Africa. Passionate about the law, human rights and African development, and having been inducted into the Golden Key Honours Society, Kwadwo hopes to continue his legal studies abroad and use his expertise to contribute to the strengthening of democratic institutions in Africa.

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Thamsanqa Tembani

Thamsanqa Tembani

University of the Western Cape (UWC) – Postgraduate in Management

Thamsanqa is a postgraduate Management student at the University of the Western Cape. He is an intellectual and authentic leader who seeks to champion positive change in the world, particularly in South Africa and in the African continent. In 2011, he went to Germany on an international business program at the University of Anhalt. He is currently Chairman of Umakhi NGO which focuses on teaching life skills and social engagement to youth through programs aimed at societal development. To contribute to the development of his community, he offers free business plan writing and registration assistance to businesses in his township.

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Edyth Parker

Edyth Parker

University of the Western Cape (UWC) – Bachelors of Biotechnology

Edyth is currently a second year BSc Biotechnology student at the University of the Western Cape. She has received many academic honours, including the Dean’s Merit award. Her passion for science and the natural world is reflected in her dedicated service to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and the Two Oceans Aquarium. She also serves her community as voluntary maths tutor as well as first aid officer. Edyth is an amateur thespian, receiving several youth theatre accolades during her secondary education. She wishes to combine her love of community, oratory and science and enter the academic world as a lecturer in her discipline, as she regards education as a tool for transformation and hope.

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Jason Pentz

Jason Pentz

University of the Western Cape (UWC) – Bachelors in Industrial Psychology and Philosophy

Jason is a third year student at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) studying Industrial Psychology and Philosophy. Jason, a Springbok Scout, represented South Africa at the track cycling world cup series in 2008-2009 before returning to studying in 2010. A graduate of the Emerging Leaders Academy at UWC, Jason has a passion for leadership and youth development. He dedicates himself to the UWC Peer Mentoring Programme, which focuses on assisting first year students in adjusting to the new challenges of tertiary education. Upon completing his degree, Jason wishes to further his studies in the fields of life coaching and business so that he may achieve his goal of running a leadership academy for both executive and youth development.

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Nondumiso Phenyane

Nondumiso Phenyane

University of Cape Town (UCT) – Bachelors in International Relations and Organisational Psychology

Nondumiso is a third year student at the University of Cape Town studying International Relations and Organisational Psychology. She received the Community Service Award of the Year and the University of Kwa- Zulu Natal Award in her senior year of high school in recognition of her commitment to initiating community- based projects. She has since been involved in various charity organizations, such as SHAWCO, and is the founder and manager of Indumiso YeAfrica (IYA), an organization which seeks to empower youth by teaching them the value of giving back and how to make better life decisions. Nondumiso hopes to work actively in the social development sector of South Africa and Africa as a whole with organisations such as the United Nations and the African Union.

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Makhosazana Sika

Makhosazana Sika

Stellenbosch University (SU) – PhD candidate in Soil Science

Makhosazana is a PhD candidate in Soil Science at Stellenbosch University. Her Master’s research was on the effect of applying locally-produced charred biomass on the fertility of low nutrient-holding acidic, sandy soil from the Western Cape, South Africa. Makhosazana is a resident of her University’s Listen, Live and Learn housing project that seeks to foster an educational and service orientated community. She helped develop the curriculum for Stellenbosch University’s pioneering camp for first generation students in 2012. Makhosazana has served as a student mentor for her former residence and for the Media24Rachel Angel’s Trust Mentorship Programme. Her interests include geocaching, running and food security and she hopes to make a significant contribution in the agricultural and food production systems in South Africa.

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Parveen Paleker

Parveen Paleker

University of the Western Cape (UWC) – Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Parveen is currently pursuing her PGCE at the University of the Western Cape with a strong interest in business and education curriculum development. She is passionate about education, writing poetry and short stories. She is currently an entrepreneur and in her spare time does voluntary tutoring. During her university career, Parveen has participated in programs through the UWC Office of Student Development and was selected as one of South Africa’s Brightest Young Minds in 2011. She advocates for sustainable development, skill development and education, and is serious about the economic future of South Africa. She would like work on education curriculum development in South Africa, and aspires to complete her BCom honours in 2013.

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