SAWIP Team of 2016

Andisiwe Sehoma

Andisiwe Sehoma

University of Pretoria

Candice Andisiwe Sehoma completed a B.A. in Health Sciences and Social Services in applied Psychology, and is currently pursuing an Honours Degree in Development Studies. In 2013, she founded a non-profit organisation called the Building Blocks Foundation, which is a health and sanitation initiative that seeks to improve sanitation conditions in a local community of Alexandra Township. Candice worked as a social auxiliary work intern for Netcare Rehabilitation Centre, where she served as an administrator conducting psycho social assessments, and facilitating family meetings with the patients. In 2015, she was invited by the Department of Water and Sanitation to deliver a presentation on water and sanitation innovation for the National Women in Water Consultative Conference. She was part of the selection panel for Elizabeth Arden’s Make a Visible Difference Campaign in 2015, and is a One Young World Ambassador who represented South Africa in the USA in 2012.

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Andrea Wessels

Andrea Wessels

University of the Western Cape

Andrea is an Honours student in the Earth Science Department at the University of the Western Cape, with a major in Environmental and Water Science. She hopes to become an environmental compliance officer in the future. Andrea is a student assistant at the Department of Leadership and Social Responsibility where she is involved in numerous community projects. She is a graduate of the Emerging and Advanced Leadership Programme at UWC, and has participated in the Ashley Kriel Youth Leadership Development Programme through the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation. Andrea uses her experience and knowledge from the leadership programmes she has participated in to facilitate short leadership development projects in different communities in UWC. She is member of the mentoring programme at her university, and is currently a facilitator for ENKE: Make Your Mark.

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Asafika Mpako

Asafika Mpako

University of Cape Town

Asafika is completing her Honours Degree in Development Studies. She is a young woman with a cheerful, self-motivated, conscientious and positive character. She has been on the Dean’s Merit List for three consecutive years, is also a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society where she serves as Secretary-General in the 2016 Executive Committee. Asafika is passionate about peer leadership and has served as an orientation leader, orientation trainer and student mentor. She also serves as a supervisor mentor for the Humanities Faculty Mentorship Programme, which aims to encourage senior students at UCT to get involved in the academic and psychosocial development of first year Humanities students. Asafika was awarded the A.W Mellon Scholarship centred on a major project called “Re-centring AfroAsia”, a key post-colonial and post-Apartheid initiative to restore an ignored and often forgotten history. She applied for SAWIP because she believes that the accumulation of knowledge from a textbook is not what sets a student up for success, but rather sound values and life lessons.

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Asiphe Funda

Asiphe Funda

University of the Western Cape

Asiphe Funda is currently in her third year of completing her LLB degree at the University of the Western Cape. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and has been on the Dean’s Merit List for the past two years. She is passionate about social justice and serves as a Chairperson for the UWC branch of Students for Law and Social Justice (SLSJ); a South African students’ organization dedicated to protecting human rights, preventing discrimination and promoting social justice and the rule of law. Asiphe also volunteers as a human rights peer facilitator at Africa Unite. Moreover, in 2015 she was an intern at SECTION27, one of South Africa’s biggest public interest legal aid centres dedicated to protecting human rights.

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Busiswa Sobahle

Busiswa Sobahle

University of Cape Town

Busiswa is currently completing her B.A International Studies degree at Stellenbosch University. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society and has completed a range of short courses at the Fredrick Van Zyl Slabbert Institution for Student Leadership, namely: democracy and citizenship; women in leadership; and, leadership through community interaction. While at Stellenbosch University, she excelled in Mandarin and was sent to Xiamen University in China (2014) to improve her skills. She is currently serving as a Vice Chairperson at Huis Russel Botman residence, and is passionate about transformative community building and societal improvement. Busiswa is a young leader who seeks to strengthen the fight for human rights in South Africa and beyond its borders.

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Danelle Jansen van Rensburg

Danelle Jansen van Rensburg

Stellenbosch University

Danelle is a final year LLB student at the University of Stellenbosch, who plans on pursuing her Masters in International Human Rights Law in 2017, with a focus on children and refugees. She has been a member of the Golden Key Honour Society since 2012, and has been involved with Students for Law and Social Justice (SLSJ). She has also recently joined the Stellenbosch Branch Executive Committee of SLSJ with the portfolio of research and education. In this capacity she will be leading the 2016 gender research project on issues affecting women in prison. Danelle has been actively involved in her community since high school, founding a Community Interaction Committee. During her years at Stellenbosch University, she has also been involved with the Legal Aid Clinic. In 2015, she took part in the Financial Literacy Programme, and is currently working at the clinic as a student intern.

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Dewald Muller

Dewald Muller

Stellenbosch University

Dewald is an Allan Gray Orbis Foundation candidate fellow who is currently completing a B. Com Honours Degree in Actuarial Science at the University of Stellenbosch. Dewald is passionate about people and the potential of the youth in South Africa. He started his first company in 2013, and intends to use his entrepreneurial skills to bring together big role players in the economy to help communities in need. Dewald won the Premier’s Entrepreneurship Recognition Award for Best Student Initiative in the Western Cape in 2015, as well as the Launchlab Pitching competition in October 2015. In 2014, he was chosen as one of four South Africans to attend the EM Strasbourg Business School in France for five weeks. He also holds the title of Die Burger’s Young Economist of the year for 2013. Dewald is currently serving as the Head Mentor at his residence in Stellenbosch.

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Layla du Plessis

Layla du Plessis

University of Pretoria

Layla du Plessis completed her B.Com Law degree in 2015, and is working towards her LLB degree at the University of Pretoria, with an interest in Economics, Politics and Global Affairs. She served as the First Year Guardian on Klaradyn Ladies Residence’s House Committee in 2015.  She is currently a facilitator at the TuksRes Women in Leadership Academy, equipping young females with life, business and leadership skills to create an environment where young female leaders can prosper. She is passionate about community engagement and believes that if the youth of South Africa are mobilized appropriately, they hold the potential to move South Africa forward. She is optimistic about South Africa’s future, and believes our diversity will be the key to our success. After the completion of her studies she hopes to make a difference in the field of law by making it accessible to everyone.

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Leeven Dube

Leeven Dube

University of Pretoria

Leeven is a third year LLB student and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pretoria. He believes strongly in the spirit of Ubuntu. Leeven is passionate about education and sowing back into the community. He has served as the treasurer, general committee co-ordinator and as a transformation officer for the University of Pretoria Student Sport Committee. He has also served on the Student Forum and SRC Transformation Subcommittee. He is a Tuks Sport facilitator during orientation week. He is a mentor and a Law faculty coordinator for the STARS mentorship programme. Leeven enjoys spending time watching documentaries and listening to talk radio. He hopes to establish his own NGO and to study towards an MBA degree.

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Mauricia Abdol

Mauricia Abdol

University of the Western Cape

Mauricia is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Child and Family Studies, and has a B.A Degree in Psychology, Women & Gender Studies and Language & Communication Studies, as well as an Honours Degree in Psychology. She is an alumna of the Leadership and Social Responsibility Program at the University of the Western Cape, and a peer facilitator for the Office for Student Development. She was a member of the Crafting Change Agents Program which focuses on international engagement in dialect on identity and race, and currently serves as a participant capacity builder and service coordinator of the program. Mauricia also serves on the board of directors at Waumbe Youth Development.

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Nathi Tyembile

Nathi Tyembile

University of Pretoria

Nathi is a final year B.Com. Supply Chain student, and is currently contracted to offer business development services for a small business in the Pretoria CBD. The company specialises in assisting young aspiring and passionate entrepreneurs in realising their dreams and growing their businesses. Nathi serves as a HIV/AIDS counsellor for students at the University of Pretoria and at his local clinic in Qamata, (rural Eastern Cape). He is very passionate about entrepreneurship, and serves in the executive committee of the Young Corporate Leaders as a marketing manager and transformation officer. During his tenure as the transformation officer he has facilitated the transition to more women being involved in the entrepreneurial space, through hosting seminars that were focused on the promotion of women in business.

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Nhlanzeko Khanyile

Nhlanzeko Khanyile

University of Cape Town

Nhlanzeko is a final year B. Com student at the University of Cape Town. In 2015, she served as the Vice President of Enactus UCT; a global organisation that focuses on social entrepreneurship to improve the standard of living in local communities. She is also a facilitator at Ikusasa Lethu Youth Foundation in her hometown of KwaZulu-Natal. Nhlanzeko is a candidate fellow at the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, which fosters the development of high-impact entrepreneurial leaders. Furthermore, Nhlanzeko works as a sub-warden at Glendower Residence at the University of Cape Town, for the respective portfolios of the House Committee and the Development Committee. Her passion lies in women empowerment and gender equality, and she aspires to start a project that will target women from around the world in order to raise awareness about the social issues that women face globally.

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Noxolo Ntaka

Noxolo Ntaka

University of Cape Town

Noxolo is currently pursuing her Honours Degree in Political Science at the University of Cape Town. She graduated with a Bachelors of Social Science in Economics and Politics in 2015. She serves as the Secretary General of the 2016 Students’ Representative Council and as a member of Student Parliament. She has previously been a member of student governance sub-structures as the Secretary General of the SRC Societies Sub-council (2015) and the United Nations Association of South Africa-UCT Chapter, Head Delegate for the Harvard World Model United Nations Conference in Seoul (2015). Noxolo’s application to join the SAWIP Class of 2016 is one that stems from her interest in serving her country and continent. She sees SAWIP as an opportunity that will prepare and cultivate her growth towards servant-leadership in order to contribute to her community. Noxolo is passionate about social justice in the spheres of race, class, gender and disability. She seeks to advocate and work on policy-change that will contribute to these issues as well helping to create a more just society through working on a more progressive policy in terms of land, income and wealth redistribution.

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Peter Coutoulas

Peter Coutoulas

University of Pretoria

Peter is pursuing a Masters in Financial Management Sciences at the University of Pretoria as a MasterCard Foundation Scholar. He is also currently a level 2 candidate in the global CFA program. He has been recognised with multiple awards for his academic excellence and leadership, and has been invited to join the Golden Key Society and The Tuks Top Junior and Senior program. He served on the Executive Committee of Enactus UP and played a pivotal role in leading them to victory in the Nationals competition, and represented South Africa at the Enactus World Cup in Mexico. He has also served as the Head of Academics for Commerce (The EMS faculty house) and Chairperson of FIN’EST (The Financial and Investment Management Society) which won the Best Charitable Society Award. Peter is currently a venture capitalist helping build a number of businesses in agriculture, technology, finance and retail. His passion is youth development, and as part of the executive of Unplugged&Incharge has launched the #MotivationMillion campaign, which utilises 200 volunteers inspiring 200 000 students to raise a million rand that will be utilised to fund disadvantaged students’ tertiary fees and a business incubator.

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Shane Sass

Shane Sass

Stellenbosch University

Shane is a B.A International Studies student at Stellenbosch University, with a major in Political Science. He is passionate about community interaction, and completed fifty-nine hours of community work through Maties Community Services. Shane was the Vice Chairperson of the Metanoia Community Interaction Committee in 2015, and ran for House Committee (HK) at the end of 2015. He is currently the head of critical engagement and student development on his HK, and has designed an accredited NQF Level 6 leadership course under the Frederik van Zyl Slabbert Institute (FVZSI) called the “Metanoia Leadership Course”. He strives to ensure that those who participate in the course become thought leaders in positional and non-positional leadership capacities. He is also currently serving as the Vice Chairperson of the Discipline Committee at Metanoia Residence, and as an academic mentor at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Shane strives to ensure that the students in his residence are well-rounded graduates, by equipping them with academic excellence and leadership skills.

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Sibongile Khumalo

Sibongile Khumalo

University of the Western Cape

Sibongile is currently pursuing an M.A in Environmental Literacy. She has a B.A. degree in Sociology and Communications, and an Honour’s degree in English Literature from the University of the Western Cape. She serves as the academic and transformation officer for the UWC graduate house committee (2015/2016). She is also a copy editor at Clarity Editorial and has worked on joint research projects with the World Health Organization and the UWC HIV/AIDS unit. Sibongile has demonstrated her passion for youth empowerment through co-founding My Sister My Keeper (NGO) which is directed at the development of young women in and around the Northern Cape region.

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Sifiso Cynthia Mdluli

Sifiso Cynthia Mdluli

University of the Western Cape

Cynthia is a Rotary Club scholarship holder who is currently completing a Bachelors Degree in Financial Accounting at the University of the Western Cape. She sits on the PASCAP Trust Organisation’s Management board; an organisation that seeks to reduce the impact that social issues such as, teenage pregnancy and drug and alcohol abuse have on young people in poor communities. Cynthia was part of the Emerging Leaders program (ELP) in 2014 at the University of Western Cape. She believes that the only way to break the cycle of poverty in South Africa is through education, and has volunteered her time to programs such as Edusurf (founded by fellow SAWIP alumnus, Bongani Ndlovu) and Y-Lack (founded by the youth of Hout Bay). Cynthia has an innate love for reading and is passionate about personal development and continuous learning. She is the founder of a program called Travelling Through Books, which aims to promote a culture of reading amongst primary and high school learners in public schools.

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Wawa Nkosi

Wawa Nkosi

Stellenbosch University

Wawa is a Masters in Economics student at Stellenbosch University. She holds an Honour’s Degree in Economics from Stellenbosch University, as well as a B.Com degree in Econometrics from the University of Pretoria. During her time at the University of Pretoria, she served on the Executive Committee of the Commerce Faculty House, and also held the position of Chairperson of the Young Economists Society. Wawa is passionate about poverty alleviation and believes that women empowerment and education are key areas that can contribute to poverty reduction in Africa. She is also passionate about teaching and whilst serving on the faculty house executive committee, she facilitated a tutoring program with Nellmapius High School, which was aimed at preparing students for their exams. At Stellenbosch University, she has worked as a first year tutor for the Economics Department and in her spare time volunteers as a mentor and tutor at Masifunde (a homework club in Kayamandi). Wawa aspires to contribute to African development, not only through research but also through practical application.

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Zolani Metu

Zolani Metu

University of Cape Town

Zolani is currently completing a Masters Degree in Mental Health Research at the Department of Social Development at UCT. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Work and majored in Psychology during his undergraduate studies. Living in a poor community in Philippi (Cape Town), has sparked Zolani’s passion for fighting against poverty, with a focus on understanding the relationship between mental illness and poverty. Last year Zolani organized a clothing and food drive with Forest Hill residence and donated the items to an orphanage in Gugulethu (Unakho Children’s Home). In 2013, Zolani represented UCT at the National Debating Competition in Limpopo, and in the same year was appointed as the Western Cape’s Coach for the National Road Safety Debates held in Port Elizabeth. Zolani served as the human resource manager and logistics officer for the Thethani Debating League in 2013 and 2014, respectively. In 2014, he was selected to attend a Young Leaders’ Conference organized by the South African Institute of International Affairs at WITS University. Zolani was placed on the Dean’s Merit List twice in his undergraduate studies, and was awarded with the 2015 Executive Director’s Leadership Award for outstanding leadership while serving as the Secretary General of the Humanities Students’ Council.

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