SAWIP Team of 2015
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) (University of Cape Town)
Anesu is in her final year of a bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Cape Town. She has worked as a member of SHAWCO Health and The Rural Health Support Network and is passionate about equal health and education for all South Africans. She was a member of the Dean’s Merit List for 2 consecutive years and was the recipient of an academic scholarship from the University of Cape Town for three consecutive years in the preclinical aspect of her degree. As an advocate for the improvement of rural health care, Anesu has undergone multiple rural residential programmes in Limpopo, the Eastern Cape and Zimbabwe. She is a strong believer in community development and has participated in various community orientated projects such as the “Pedishang” rural education development programme in Limpopo. She is passionate about rural health and believes strongly in the need for innovative and creative strategies to improve health care in these communities. Her long-term ambition is to establish a chain of privately run rural hospitals with the aim of providing accessible and affordable health care to all South Africans.
Masters in Economic Development (University of Cape Town)
Jabulile is currently studying towards a master’s degree in Economic Development at UCT. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce as well as an honour’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Originating from the economic hub of Africa, Johannesburg, she is an African enthusiast and carries her flag in her heart. In January 2014, Jabulile was selected to attend the International Youth Leadership Conference in Prague where she not only represented South Africa, but also the entire continent. In December 2014, she was chosen to facilitate the Middle Eastern version of the conference in Dubai. With the recent decision to pilot the conference in South Africa, Jabulile was selected as the in-country project manager, with the hope that she will continue to teach about her continent, as well as engage with those interested in shaping a better world. Jabulile has served as the Vice-Chairperson of the Post-Graduate Commerce Student Council at UCT and volunteered as a business consultant for Siyaya, a non-profit initiative that teaches business related skills to zealous entrepreneurs. Furthermore, she tutors undergraduate political science courses at UCT and spends part of her vacations interning as an aspiring economist/development strategist at Genesis Analytics, a consulting firm.
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (University of Cape Town)
Safa Naraghi is currently completing his final year of a BSc in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cape Town. He is part of the Golden Key International Honour Society and has been on the Dean’s Merit List for 4 years. Safa enjoys spending his time participating in Junior Youth classes inspired by his religion, the Baha’i Faith. These classes teach Junior Youth (aged 12 to 15) the importance of service to their communities and also instil valuable morals. Safa is a passionate believer in helping youth grow their confidence. He feels that confidence goes a long way to helping them achieve their goals. Safa is also very enthusiastic about technology and how it can shape the face of Africa. He hopes to one day implement low cost renewable energy solutions in Africa. In doing so, Safa hopes to relieve the population of the high cost and health hazard associated with current energy solutions.
Bachelor of Business Science (University of Cape Town)
Leroy is currently in his final year of a Bachelor of Business Science degree at the University of Cape Town, majoring in Finance and Accounting. Passionate about contributing to his community through service leadership, he was the Head Student in his residence in 2012, the Chairperson of the Student Assembly at UCT in 2013, and is currently the President of the Investment Society (Investsoc), the largest student executive society in South Africa. He is passionate about developing leaders and improving the social fabric of society, which inspired him to co-found AmaDODA: The Movement in 2013. He is a Brightest Young Minds 2014 alumnus and has previously volunteered with enke: Make Your Mark. Leroy has interests in using business and capital markets to advance society, enjoys motivating people and aspires to become a media entrepreneur one day.
Bachelor of Law (University of Cape Town)
Ebrahim is currently in the penultimate year of his LLB degree at the University of Cape Town. In between case reading and assignment submissions, he dabbles in student governance. He has held a position on the Law Students Council and the student-run law magazine Altum Sonatur. He currently serves as the Vice-President of the Black Law Students Forum in addition to being a juror on the University Student Disciplinary Appeals Tribunal. Ebrahim is committed to leadership and service, and has put his debating skills to use by volunteering for the Ubunye Township Debating league. He has also tutored a service and citizenship course at UCT called the Global Citizenship Course. He is deeply committed to the goal of a just, unified and equal South Africa, and plans to pursue this dream through the avenue of Public Interest and Human Rights Law.
Masters in Economics (University of Cape Town)
Lutho is currently completing a master’s degree specializing in Economic Development at the University of Cape Town, where she also completed both her undergraduate and honour’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE). She is passionate about the protection and promotion of human rights, particularly those related to women. In 2013, she co-laboured with fellow students to revive Amnesty International at UCT where she served as Secretary-General. In 2014, she participated in the Geneva Advancing Development Goals contest where her group project aimed at developing entrepreneurial skills in young South African women was long-listed among the Top 10 finalists which included applicants from around the world. She was also invited to attend the 2014 Brightest Young Minds Summit for African leaders where she engaged with other young leaders on bringing about socio-economic impact in South Africa. Her passion for the development of women inspired her to mentor young girls in disenfranchised high schools in Cape Town. Lutho aspires to, one day, work for UN Women.
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) (University of Pretoria)
Cyan is a fourth year medical student at the University of Pretoria with a passion for global health politics and economics as well as female empowerment through education and inspiration. She has served as Chairperson of Curlitzia Medical Residence, as well as on the Student Forum of the University in 2014. She is now involved in student mentorship and leadership development through the university’s Elders Leadership Council. She has started the University of Pretoria female leadership academy and is focused on building a future generation of South African leaders that leads with integrity and vision. After medicine, Cyan would like to complete a postgraduate degree in politics, economics and law and aspires to making a positive difference in the South African health care system as well as in the international health care and political arenas.
Bachelor of Law degree (University of Pretoria)
Daniël is currently a third year undergraduate student at the University of Pretoria completing his Bachelor of Law degree. He serves the University of Pretoria Moot Society Executive as Treasurer and Head of Fundraising, as well as sitting on his residence, Tuks Village, Residence Management Committee. He is interested in constructive and critical conversations with young South Africans about our past and future. He feels that by creating personal relationships one is more easily able to change the immediate environment around one which leads to faster social change and growth. He is an avid debater, having competed nationally for UP and loves mooting. He reads anything that stands still long enough to be read yet loves his Saturday afternoon sports.
Bachelor of Science in Geology (University of Pretoria)
Mpho is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology at the University of Pretoria. He takes up numerous electives from the environmental sciences course with the intention of acquiring another BSc degree in that field. In 2010 he took a gap year to serve his home community’s NGOs including volunteering at Emily Jordan Home Based Centre and at Leratong Hospital. He served as a mentor at House Kiaat in 2013 and also sat on both his Residence and Faculty House Committee where he later was elected Chairperson for the latter. In 2014, he was invited to join the Golden Key International Honour Society. Mpho has great interest in environmental management and wishes to become an environmental lawyer in the future. He has started exploring this field through vacation work for Glencore-Xstrata’s Sustainable Development, Health, Safety and Environment departments respectively in 2012 and 2014.
Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Engineering (University of Pretoria)
Lehlohonolo is a third year Industrial and Systems Engineering student at the University of Pretoria. She is passionate about designing and implementing systems and processes to solve complex problems and believes that a risen Africa and South Africa can be achieved through technological progress and change, particularly in the technology and manufacturing industries. Lehlohonolo is also passionate about gender transformation and the empowerment of women in South Africa. She founded and serves as the chairperson of Lean In at the University of Pretoria. Inspired to develop and empower women, particularly in the engineering environment, Lehlohonolo mentors first year female engineering students. Her other interests include politics, current affairs and languages.
Masters in Politics (Stellenbosch University)
William Clayton graduated with a bachelor degree in Political Transformation and Governance and subsequently was awarded his honour’s in International Relations by the University of the Free State in 2014. During his tenure at university he has been involved in a variety of leadership structures including being chosen as a delegate for the university’s prestigious Leadership for Change programme, forming part of a delegation to negotiate the future of student governance at the university, elected to the Student Representative Council and thereafter as President of the Student Representative Council. William is currently reading towards his master’s degree in Political Science at Stellenbosch University. William remains involved in university activities and is an active participant in the university’s housing dialogue programme. He also tutors third year students in Political Science and has most recently been chosen as the university’s recipient of the annual Abe Bailey Bursary to the United Kingdom. William is a keen reader and enjoys history, politics and current affairs.
Bachelor of Law (Stellenbosch University)
Nadia completed her Bachelor of Arts majoring in Law in 2013 and thereafter obtained her Honour’s degree in International Studies (both at Stellenbosch University). She is currently studying towards her postgraduate LLB. She was chosen to be part of the Golden Key International Honour Society since 2011. She served on her residence’s House Committee with her main portfolio being Diversity and Transformation. She was the head coordinator for a schooling project in the area, called CLASI (Constitutional Literacy and Support Initiative), and has formed part of several other community service programs. She is passionate about education, human rights and diversity. She aspires to one day work for an international humanitarian organisation, such as the United Nations or Amnesty International.
Bachelor of Science in Human Life Sciences (Stellenbosch University)
Wayde Groep is currently a BSc Human Life Sciences student at Stellenbosch University. He has completed various short courses on democracy and citizenship, global citizenship and social change agency as well as filling leadership roles on campus which include being appointed as the SRC Manager: Critical Engagement 2013/14 and Vice-Primarius at Aurora Private Student Organization. He currently co-ordinates and facilitates a short course, Facilitative Leadership, offered through the Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert Institute for Student Leadership Development. While at Stellenbosch he travelled to Tubingen, Germany and has taken part in different conversations related to diversity and multiculturalism both as a facilitator and panellist. He is currently appointed as one of five Social Entrepreneurship Interns within Stellenbosch’s flagship senior student community, Listen, Live & Learn. He has also been elected as one of the students’ representatives in the University Council for 2015. He is passionate about leadership development, social justice and creating inclusive spaces for meaningful dialogue.
Bachelor of Commerce in Management Sciences (Stellenbosch University)
Alwin Mabuza, recipient of the Jacko Maree Scholarship, is pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Business Management Sciences with a double major in Industrial Psychology as well as Business Management at Stellenbosch University. In 2014, he served as a member of the Leadership and Development subcommittee of the Student Representative Council where he worked closely with the recently established Frederick van Zyl Slabbert Leadership Institute to encourage active leadership on campus. He also served as class representative in the Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences whilst simultaneously taking on the responsibility of mentor at Eendrag Men’s Residence. Alwin spends his holidays away from campus life serving on the executive board of YAW (Youth Action Week); a program designed to impart life skills and thinking skills in young people living in inaccessible villages in rural Mpumalanga. In addition to his studies, Alwin is also a talented choral conductor and radio presenter at MFM 92.6 Community Radio Station. Alwin is a driven young man with a deep desire and a will to solve problems, especially those related to human suffering.
Postgraduate Marketing (Stellenbosch University)
Faith holds a BSc Agriculture in Viticulture and Oenology from Stellenbosch University and she is currently pursuing postgraduate studies in Marketing at Stellenbosch University. She is committed to student leadership and to the mentoring of younger students. She served as the Vice-Primaria at Goldfields residence in 2012/2013 where she initiated Brunch Conversations – a dialogue platform on the changing identity of her residence and greater campus. Faith is passionate about ensuring the success of first generation students. In 2014 and 2015 she served as an executive member for the Aweness first generation camp where she successfully introduced a community engagement pillar to the camp, exposing new students to the challenges facing their surrounding community. In 2014, she was one of 18 South African recipients of the Abe Bailey Travel Bursary to the UK. She is currently a course coordinator at the Fredrick van Zyl Slabbert Institute for Student Leadership Development, where she coordinates the Democracy and Citizenship short course. In her spare time, she enjoys writing and is a blogger for the new world wine-makers forum for Anchor Yeast. She dreams of making wine that will make it to your dinner table as well as tackling transformation and sustainable development in the South African wine industry.
Bachelor of Science – Mathematics (Stellenbosch University)
Mulanga is currently completing her honour’s degree in Mathematics at the University of Stellenbosch with a specialisation in Bio-mathematics. She is in the process of starting a women’s peer mentorship program at the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS). She has been involved in community and educational projects such as 100UP, TDL and has tutored mathematics to grade 12 learners at a rural Limpopo school. Mulanga is passionate about youth and women empowerment and hopes the modelling and problem solving skills that her degree offers will one day help her create a model that will help solve the issues that the youth and the women of South Africa face.
Bachelor of Law (University of the Western Cape)
Abongile is currently studying law at the University of the Western Cape. He has a unique interest in Politics and Social Justice and strives towards a career in public service. In addition to his involvement in various university initiatives, he currently serves as Provincial Leader of the Democratic Alliance Student Organisation in the Western Cape. He also served on the first executive committee of the Moot Society for the 2012/13 term as Stakeholder Liaison Officer and subsequently the Deputy Chairman for 2014. He is a member of the Student General Council at UWC, of Students for Law and Social Justice and of the Black Lawyers Association. He is a graduate of the Emerging and Advanced Leaders program initiated by the department of Leadership and Social Responsibility (CSSS) at UWC. He also took part in the Ashley Kriel Leadership Program where he gained immense character development and skills in both programs. In 2010 he joined the Equal Education team of researchers in traveling across the country looking at the conditions of South African schools. There, he was a part of the team that is currently preparing affidavits for the court case against the Minister of Basic Education on Standards and Norms for School Infrastructure. He is currently consulting with a non-profit organisation called InkuluFreeHeid as well as serving as a legal assistant for the director of Glin Loggenberg Attorneys.
Postgraduate English Literature (University of the Western Cape)
Nehna is an honour’s student in the field of English Literature at the University of the Western Cape. She is a Research Assistant and a Teaching Assistant in her department, as well as a graduate of UWC’s Emerging and Advanced Leaders Programme. Nehna is also a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, and ENACTUS. She is passionate about inspiring youth to identify and pursue their purpose in life, with which she uses sports as one of the means to achieving her ideals. She is a karate coach and teaches dance. Nehna also contributes towards women empowerment and education, which she believes is a key area of development in South Africa. She intends to pursue further university study while growing and practicing her leadership interest. Nehna is on the graduate journal team, WritingThreeSixty.
Bachelor of Finance (University of the Western Cape)
Kgosi is currently in his final year of studies at the University of the Western Cape where he is completing his bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics. He is passionate about financial literacy, innovation and entrepreneurship and believes education coupled with entrepreneurship is fundamental for a competitive economy. With these interests, Kgosi plans to assist small to medium-sized enterprises by providing financial literacy and sustainable investment solutions. His commitment to service and leadership is evident in his Rotaract membership, which is an international community of young adults taking action for positive change. He is currently the Rotaract Treasurer for the 9350 district and a Brand Ambassador for DriveWealth. DriveWealth is company that has created a mobile investing platform where individual investors can trade EFT’s and US listed stocks. In 2014 Kgosi was a finalist for the Unilever Future Leaders League challenge, which focused on leadership, sustainability and the world of business. He has participated in the Emerging Leaders Program and served as an executive member for the Black Management Forum.
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