SAWIP Team of 2013
University of Cape Town (UCT) – Honours in Theatre Directing and Drama Education
Elroy is currently completing his Honours degree in Theatre Directing and Drama Education at the University of Cape Town. In 2012 he completed his BA in Drama, Italian & Spanish while serving as Project Coordinator at the Student Orientation & Advocacy Centre at UCT. While holding this position, he organised and facilitated leadership workshops and events for both university and high school students. As a community theatre practitioner, Elroy has an interest in youth development and empowerment.
University of Cape Town (UCT) – Bachelor of Arts in Film, International Relations and Sociology
Jessica is currently in her third year at the University of Cape Town and is studying towards a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Film, International Relations and Sociology. Committed to community service and development, she served on her university’s residence committee as the head of Outreach and Social Development in 2012. Jessica is passionate about human rights and active citizenship and is a Human Rights Peer Educator with the organisation Africa Unite.
University of Cape Town (UCT) – Masters in Economics
Matt is currently a Masters student in Economics at the University of Cape Town. He is a member of the Golden Key Honours Society, the Dean’s Merit list and was an AIDS Peer Educator in UCT’s Haicu programme. He has worked as an intern at the nonprofit Children’s Institute and is part of a team currently establishing and running Each1Teach1, an organisation with a holistic focus on tutoring in academics, music and sport. Matt believes strongly in the power of peer education, and he hopes that by helping people in need receive education others can be empowered to make their own independent decisions.
University of Stellenbosch – Honours in Economics
Lwamba is currently completing her Honours Degree in Economics at the University of Stellenbosch. She is passionate about debating and public speaking. In her position as Eastern Cape Provincial Coordinator for the Young Communicators Awards she was responsible for orchestrating and facilitating workshops to teach 2nd language English speaking high school learners and teachers public speaking skills. After finishing her Honours Degree, Lwamba plans to read for a Masters in Developmental Economics and follow a career of service leadership in Southern Africa.
Cara Mazetti Claassen
University of Cape Town – Bachelors of Social Science (Political Science, International Relations and Public Policy)
Cara is a second year Bachelor of Social Science student at the University of Cape Town majoring in International Relations, Political Science and Public Policy and Administration. She is the recipient of an academic scholarship from the University of Cape Town for two consecutive years and is placed amongst the highest achievers in her faculty. As an advocate for the value of public dialogue in promoting social cohesion, Cara volunteers as an organising member of the youth-led movement InkuluFreeHeid and is involved in numerous community orientated dialogue initiatives. Her long-term ambition is to pursue a career in conflict resolution and human rights in Africa.
University of the Western Cape – Honours in Industrial Psychology
Camille, an honours student in the field of Industrial Psychology is currently serving as the Social Media Director of the Golden Key International Honours Society Executive Committee for the UWC Chapter. Her passion is to inspire underprivileged youth to aspire to greatness and not be dismayed by the constraints of their circumstances, having overcome such adversities herself. She has been on the Faculty of Arts Deans Merit List for three consecutive years and received two top achiever awards for her undergraduate studies in French. In 2012 she was the only UWC student to be awarded the prestigious Mandela Rhodes Scholarship to continue her studies in 2013. She is striving towards equipping herself to make a greater impact in her community.
Mandilakhe Cecil Lwana
University of the Western Cape – Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy
Cecil is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy at the University of the Western Cape. Cecil’s passion lies in education and healthcare, as he believes there is nothing as detrimental to a country’s well-being as when it cannot support its poor and sick. This passion has resulted in a long history of community service, such as peer mentoring programmes, peer facilitation and serving under the former Springboks Rugby coach Peter De Villiers as a sports physiotherapist. He aspires to be involved with the strategic planning and policy making of the African healthcare system.
University of Cape Town (UCT) – Bachelor of Commerce in Management Studies – Economics Major
Sibahle is currently completing her 4th year of study towards a Bachelor of Commerce in Management Studies, majoring in Economics. She has been a Students Health and Welfare Centres Organization (SHAWCO) volunteer since her 1st year at UCT, and was the 2012 SHAWCO project leader for the STEP project – a Mathematics, Literacy (English), and Life Orientation outreach project for primary school students in Khayelitsha. Sibahle is passionate about education and improving South Africa’s public health-care system, and would like to pursue a Masters Degree in Health Economics in the near future.
University of the Western Cape – Masters in Ethics
Mario Meyer, a recipient of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, the Abe Bailey Travel Bursary, as well as the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship, is currently completing a MA in Ethics at UWC. While at UWC he received a BA (Summa Cum Laude) in Ethics, French, and Psychology and a BA Honours (Cum Laude) in Ethics. He is a Brightest Young Minds alumnus and, in 2011, was named UWC’s Student Leader of the Year. Upon completion of his full-time studies, Mario intends to pursue a career in the field of youth leadership and development.
University of Stellenbosch – Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Development
Anna-Marie is currently completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Development at the Sustainability Institute, a partner of the University of Stellenbosch. In 2011 she represented South Africa at the G8/G20 Youth Summit as the Youth Minister of Environment. Anna- Marie is passionate about sustainability, environmental economics and food security. She sees her future in mediation and facilitation in the field of sustainable development, especially in challenging economic assumptions and guiding decision-making processes through a multidisciplinary approach.
Walbytus Olwethu Ngwanya
University of the Western Cape (UWC) – Bachelor of Science in Chemical Science
Olwethu Ngwanya is a third year student at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and is currently studying to-wards a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Science. During his matriculation in 2010 he attended a leadership tour in the USA at Morehouse College with the Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD Global) programme. In his 2nd year of university studies he served as a UWC HIV/AIDS peer educator. He is currently part of the UWC Emerging Leaders Programme. Olwethu hopes to initiate a leadership academy that will develop individuals who significantly affect the thoughts, feelings and behaviours of a significant number of individuals.
University of Cape Town (UCT) – Bachelor of Business Science in Actuarial Science
Zizipho is a second year student at the University of Cape Town. Her passions lie in people, education and Christianity. She is a sitting member of UCT’s Student Parliament and is also a member of a sub-committee of the Student Representative Council. Furthermore she serves as the Secretary General of the Education Development Unit Student Organisation. She has been involved in community and educational projects such as Ubunye and 100UP. Although she is pursuing an actuarial career, in the future she hopes to pursue a politics degree and move into policy making and education.
University of Cape Town (UCT) – Bachelor of Business Science in Finance and Accounting (CA)
Timothy Taylor is a fourth year Business Science student at the University of Cape Town majoring in Finance and Ac-counting. Outside his studies Timothy is passionate about technology and its role in addressing the educational shortfalls of South Africa. He currently serves as a Google Student Ambassador where he engages with his counterparts throughout Africa to try and discover solutions to the problems facing the African Continent. Timothy 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.
Phillip Malan van der Merwe
University of Stellenbosch (US) – LLB (Post Graduate)
Phillip is a fifth year student at the University of Stellenbosch where he is currently pursuing his LLB degree. He is currently serving on the Stellenbosch University Student Representative Council, holding the position of Prim Committee vice chairperson. He has been involved with leadership development at Stellenbosch University through the recently established Frederik van Zyl Slabbert Leadership Institute. He believes in South Africa’s potential to be a major economic player and sees cross-cultural dialogue as critical in transforming the South African society.
University of Stellenbosch (US) – Honours in Ancient Languages (Latin)
Wiaan Visser is a fourth year student at Stellenbosch University completing his postgraduate studies in Latin. He currently serves on the Student Representative Council with the Portfolios of Transformation, Student Fees and External Relations. He has previously served on the executive committees of the Juridical Society, Academic Affairs Council and the Debating Society. Out-side of his studies Wiaan has represented the University multiple times at the World and South African National Universities Debating Championships. He has reached the finals of the Afrikaans National Universities Debating Championships twice and won several tournaments, most recently the 2013 edition of the Jozi Rumble. He hopes to one day change the world as an economic and legal consultant.
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