SAWIP Team of 2017

Nicole Akim

Nicole Akim

University of the Western Cape

Nicole is a third year Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology student at the University of the Western Cape. She hopes to become an influential leader in science, and hopes to complete a degree in medicine and surgery after completing her current degree. She was a peer facilitator to incoming first year students at the University of the Western Cape under the office of student support services. She was a graduate of the Emerging Leaders Program through the office of Leadership and Responsibility. Nicole has also participated in a Democracy and Citizenship short course through the Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert Leadership Iinstitute. She uses her knowledge and experience gained from these programs at an NGO called Children in Action in Mitchell’s Plain which focuses on youth development, where she has sat as treasurer and facilitative leader on the executive committee for six years.

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Precious Bikitsha

Precious Bikitsha

University of Cape Town

Precious Bikitsha is a final year Bachelor of Social Science in Anthropology, International Relations and Economic History student at the University of Cape Town. She plans on pursuing her studies further in Anthropology. Precious has been involved in radio since 2013 as a presenter and then moved on to be a Talk Manager at UCT Radio in 2015. She has also been involved in the Humanities Students’ Council as the Vice Chairperson External and has served on the UCT SRC sub-committee and was an Engagement Coordinator at UCT on higher education working with researchers and other stakeholders on free decolonial education. Precious has been involved in her community since high school, giving career guidance and helping the youth in Duncan Village township apply for university and bursaries, she has also tutored Maths at a school in KwaLanga township. Precious sees SAWIP as opportunity to challenge her understanding of what community and servant leadership is. She is passionate about writing and loves to talk about hair.

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Fowzia Davids

Fowzia Davids

University of Cape Town

Fowzia Davids is currently pursuing a Master’s of Philosophy in Development Studies at the University of Cape Town. She completed a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Economics, International Relations, Media and Writing at the University of Cape Town in 2015, and an Honours Degree in International Relations in 2016. Fowzia has been involved in student governance since 2013, and was the Deputy Secretary General of the UCT SRC in 2013/2014 and the Outreach Chair of the Muslim Student’s Association in 2015, primarily focusing on female empowerment and education in this portfolio. Between 2014 and 2016, Fowzia was a research and projects intern at the Southern African Liaison Office; in this position, she worked on several issues, primarily researching on Southern African countries with democratic deficits, building solidarity amongst foreigners and locals in Cape Town townships, through workshops on xenophobia and screenings on the contexts that drives migration. Fowzia is dedicated to redress, social inclusion and promoting equal access and opportunity in her community, and the advancement of South Africa at large.

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Anelisiwe Hatto

Anelisiwe Hatto

University of Stellenbosch

Anelisiwe is currently an honours student in International Studies at Stellenbosch University. He is a graduate of the Leadership Beyond Boarders, Beyond Boarders, and Facilitative Leadership Short courses. He is currently steering the Africa Matters Initiative team in Stellenbosch. In 2014, he was selected to represent South Africa at the One Young World annual Summit in Dublin, Ireland. In 2016 he took part in the International Youth Leadership Conference in Dubai. He is currently a student intern at Stellenbosch University International Office, working with the Centre for Collaboration in Africa. Anelisiwe is inspired to make a difference on the African continent. He believes in the idea of continuous development through exposure and that it is imperative that young Africans should better equip themselves so that they can be change agents across the African continent.

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Mikhail Hendricks

Mikhail Hendricks

University of Stellenbosch

Mikhail Hendricks is currently pursuing the final year of his undergraduate Law Degree at the University of Stellenbosch. He is a board member at the Constitutional Literacy and Services Initiative (CLASI), which is a non-profit organisation that provides ongoing training to law students (“teaching fellows”) from five law schools to facilitate workshops, classes, public debates and moot competitions in under-resourced schools and community centres around the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, and Gauteng provinces in South Africa. Mikhail is currently working as an intern at the Stellenbosch University Legal Aid Clinic, where he is doing his practical legal education. He is also a research assistant for the South African Research Chair in Property Law (SARCPL). He is a tutor in the Law Faculty in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law. He is passionate about Constitutionalism and civic education; he hopes to make it his life’s work to educate ordinary South Africans on these issues. Mikhail represented South Africa at the inaugural Euro-BRICS Young Leaders Summit, in Helsinki, Finland in 2015.

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Charné Janse van Rensburg

Charné Janse van Rensburg

University of Pretoria

Charné is currently in her fifth year of medicine and is a flexible, pro-active leader. She is interested in the relationship between I.T. and medicine, and is a founding member of the Technology for Health Special Interest Group for the Public Health Association of South Africa. She is passionate about reproductive health and local community development, having worked in rural hospitals in Limpopo. In 2017 she serves as the Chairperson of Academics and Professional Development for Pulse Medical Student Society at UP, is a Golden Key International Honour Society member and has received merits for her academic achievement since first year.  Previously, she has served in other local initiatives, (Head of the Standing Committee on Reproductive Health and AIDS for the South African Medical Students Association) and international initiatives (African Regional Representative for the Student Network Organisation). Through her outreach work she aims to create a dynamic platform for students to live a life which creates lasting meaning for others. While approaching the end of her studies, Charné now focusses on developing into a well-rounded doctor and on creating a society where young people become active contributors to South African growth.

Letlhogonolo Maimane

Letlhogonolo Maimane

University of Johannesburg

Letlhogonolo Maimane is third year Bachelor of Laws (LLB) student at the University of Johannesburg. He began his student activism at an early age of 12 when he was elected as a class representative in his RCL. In 2012, he was elected as the Provincial Deputy Chairperson of Congress of South Africa Students (COSAS) in the North West Province, before that he was leading COSAS at branch and sub-regional level. Outside politics Letlhogonolo is interested in community engagement and development. In 2014 he started his own company Platinum Adventures Green Evolution- PAGE and was later appointed as part of the task team of the Youth Chamber for Commerce and Industry in Madibeng sub-region. After being admitted into university Letlhognolo was elected into the First Year Committee of the University of Johannesburg’s faculty of law and was subsequently elected once more into the University of Johannesburg’s Student Parliament. It was in the same year that he was elected as the Branch Secretary of Black Lawyers Association Student Chapter. Letlhogonolo is passionate about moot courts and aspires to be an advocate one day. His other passions are environmental law and mining litigation, commercial law and African Jurisprudence.

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Tumelo Vernon Mohale

Tumelo Vernon Mohale

University of Pretoria

Tumelo is a final year Bachelor of Commerce in Taxation student at the University of Pretoria studying through the national treasury scholarship. He is a courageous, ambitious and thoughtful young man who is strongly passionate about Africa and its people in diversity. Vernon’s ultimate goal is to help young people to be agents of change in their communities through leadership and education training. He was the head boy at his former high school, Hoërskool Noorderland. To align his passion with actions, Vernon launched Young Catalysts For Change (YC4C) in 2015.This is a Pan African youth leadership and education society registered with the University of Pretoria. Its goal is to train its members to become change agents and leaders in their respective fields of study to solve some of the pressing challenges faced on the African continent. Vernon shows deep concerns about the economic and socioeconomic conditions of South Africa and the rest of the African continent. In 2012 He was chosen as a finalist of The African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg where his passion for Africa was further ignited. Vernon recently started volunteering at Aqua Duct, a swimming academy, as a first aider and logistics assistant .The aim of the project is to teach young people in the Limpopo province, his province of birth, how to swim and avoid water related fatalities especially during the festive season.

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Phuti Kholofelo Molangwane

Phuti Kholofelo Molangwane

University of Stellenbosch

Kholofelo is a final year International Studies student at Stellenbosch University, with a major in Political Science. She has a passion for community development and dedicates her time partaking in community development programs or founding them. She co-founded United Students’ Movement, a program that was aimed at raising social awareness among students. She also served as the vice-president of the organisation. Her passion for writing lead her to co-found the first independent and alternative student newspaper at Stellenbosch University, The Quote. She served as news editor, lifestyle editor and journalist for the newspaper. Her passion for community development lead her to assist in the inception of Lesedi Helping Hand, a project that helps learners from rural areas apply to universities. She currently serves as the Treasurer for the project. In 2016, she was chosen to take part in a study abroad program at North Western University, in the United States, where she spent a semester studying. She currently serves as an academic mentor for the Faculty of Social Sciences. Kholofelo dreams of making a positive impact on the lives young black women, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. She plans to found more projects that will help young women through school and ultimately through university.

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Gratitude Lebogang Mosehla

Gratitude Lebogang Mosehla

University of Johannesburg

Gratitude Lebogang Mosehla is currently studying towards a Bcom Finance degree at the University of Johannesburg. Her passion lies nowhere else than in the warm hearts of the South African youth. She is also passionate about Equality, Women empowerment as well as Social Justice issues. She is the co-founder of a non-profit organisation called Believers and Achievers SA. The core aim of the project is to lead, help and influence learners in schools, in their personal lives as well as studies and career paths. It is aimed at grooming character and instilling a sense of active citizenry which is in line with the NDP, the national blue print of where we are going as South Africa. The project advises and mentors learners of critical life choices as well as life after high school and on how to get the most out of life. She does motivational talks at schools in local communities. Gratitude worked as the University of Johannesburg’s Chief Residence Academic advisor for the year 2015/16. She was then part of the University’s Residence Academic Advisor executive. She was part of the Prim Chamber committee, UJ Community Engagement Leader, the International division buddy for international students and an assistant to the University of Johannesburg’s International Student Society executive. She is a member of a mentoring and tutoring programme (MAPS) at her university. She is a One Young World South African Ambassador who represented South Africa in 2014-Dublin and 2016-Canada. She strives for excellence!

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Siphosethu Mpungose

Siphosethu Mpungose

University of Pretoria

Siphosethu is currently a final year LLB student at the University of Pretoria. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in the Law, with International Relations as a major. Her interests are in the fields of politics, international relations, feminist theory and issues of gender, and the arts.  Her passion for women has seen her work with brands like Kotex, in educating women about issues relating to women’s health. She has also served as a facilitator at the TuksRes Women in Leadership Academy, where she has worked with first and second year students, facilitating content about leadership and also mentoring the ladies. In furthering her passion for facilitation, she has served as facilitator at the South African Women in Dialogue Conference. She has also served on the house committee of Huis Klaradyn (a residence at the University of Pretoria) where she was responsible for three portfolios, namely: Safety & Security, Mentorship & Emotional Support, and Spiritual.

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Sivuyisiwe Mve

Sivuyisiwe Mve

University of the Western Cape

Sivuyisiwe Mve, originating from the lush green plains of the Tatu Mandela’s Eastern Cape, is passionate about cultivating women leadership that is premised on the values of Ubuntu. Sivuyisiwe is currently completing the final year in a Bachelor in Administration degree with majors in Public Administration and Management at the University of the Western Cape. Prior to this, in 2014, she completed a Higher Certificate in Economic Development which she attained Cum Laude.  In 2016 she received a merit award for achieving an A-symbol in Public Administration. Sivuyisiwe has served as chairperson of University of the Western Cape’s Hector Peterson Residence House Committee in  2015/2016 and as a member of  the  Golden Key International Honour Society  sub-committee. Additionally she is currently working as a student assistant at the university’s International Relations Office, a member of The Emerging Leaders Programme, a Mezzo Soprano in the University of the Western Cape’s choir , a member of the worship team and Sunday School teacher at Lifepoint Ministries.

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Thenjiwe Ndimande

Thenjiwe Ndimande

University of Johannesburg

Thenjiwe Ndimande is currently in the second year of her Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies degree at the University of Johannesburg. She is an aspiring humanitarian concerned about developmental, political, educational, and environmental issues. In 2016, she was appointed Chairperson of the board of Imagine Scholar, a Non-profit organisation based in her community that empowers youth development and education. She has been involved in many fundraising campaigns and networking for Imagine Scholar. Thenjiwe was awarded as one of the top academic achievers in the faculty of humanities at the university in 2016 and, she intends to keep her status. Her passion for youth development was recognised by an NPO in the United States and she was invited to offer her services at a youth camp where she served as a youth advocate. After graduation, Thenjiwe intends to apply the knowledge she acquired from her degree and the leadership skills she has assimilated to expand Imagine Scholar facilities and infiltrate neighbouring communities. She believes that empowering and educating the youth is how she is changing the world.

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Blessed Arthur Ngwenya

Blessed Arthur Ngwenya

University of Cape Town

Blessed is a final year Bachelor of Science student at the University of Cape Town majoring in Physics and Applied Mathematics. He aspires to be a Nuclear Physicist and be involved in combating energy problems that continue to cloud our country. He is currently the Chairperson of the UCT Science Students’ Council and has taken up a number of projects, one of which seeks to address gender inequality issues within the institution. Blessed is a tutor in the UCT Science Faculty and has worked with SHAWCO, which is an NPO that seeks to practice and promote responsible citizenship in the South African context through health, education and social entrepreneurship initiatives. He is passionate about transformation, education and is involved in numerous community projects that provide academic support for underprivileged learners. In 2016, he served as the Head of Socials for the UCT Society of Physics Students, was a Senior Mentor in a UCT residence and is now involved in running the mentorship programme of the UCT Science Faculty. Blessed believes that the best way to make a difference in the world is to empower others and inspire them to do the same.

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Bekithemba Ntoni

Bekithemba Ntoni

University of the Western Cape

Bekithemba Ntoni is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies, Philosophy and Sociology at the University of the Western Cape. He has been passionately and rigorously involved in various community and social cohesion initiatives, ranging from governmental programs such as Teenagers Against Drug Abuse (TADA), Eastern Cape, environmental awards and Model United Nation debates to being an ambassador for the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) and South African National Blood Services (SANBS) respectively. He is also an eager orator having represented his school and province at both provincial and national level in public speaking and debating competitions. He also possesses a zest for life and a distinct interest in social entrepreneurship as he has been part of entrepreneurship programs such as: Launch Labs, Disruption48 and Startup Safari business incubation program. He is currently an Emerging Leaders member and a Fellow at University of the Western Cape centre for entrepreneurship and innovation. Bekithemba fundamentally believes in the future and potential of Africa, he avidly describes himself as an African fanatic, enthusiast and aficionado.

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Amanda Nyide

Amanda Nyide

University of Johannesburg

Amanda Nyide is a third year B.Com Accounting student at the University of Johannesburg. She is passionate about education and has started an NGO called Rural Success which offers computer training to and assists pupils from schools in rural communities with applications for post matric opportunities. She served as the Secretary of the UJ Investment Society and was subsequently elected as the Secretary of the Societies Council at the Auckland Park Campus. She is a Student Brand Ambassador of the South African Institute of Professional Accountants and believes through her work she will contribute to bridging the gaps between professional bodies, particularly SAIPA and Accounting students. She is a team member of the UJ Startup Revolution, a platform launched in partnership with Laurea University in Finland which aims to foster an entrepreneurial culture on campus, support student-run businesses and revitalise the Vice Chancellor’s Business Idea Competition. She is a Candidate Fellow of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation and a 2016 One Young World Ambassador.

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Michael Bongani Reinders

Michael Bongani Reinders

University of Pretoria

Michael Bongani is currently completing the final year of Bachelor of Laws at the University of Pretoria. He completed a BA Law degree in 2016, majoring in politics and philosophy. He is doing his dissertation on decolonisation which is an area of study that he is passionate about. He is currently a tutor in the Jurisprudence Department in the Faculty of Law at the University. Despite studying law, he has a very deep passion for politics and intends to pursue post-graduate studies in politics. He is interested in inspiring young individuals to engage with pertinent social and economic issues in South Africa and also has an interest in student activism. He is a former student leader, having served as the Chairperson of his residence, Chair of Chairs (head of all residences) and was also an SRC member responsible for residences and accommodation. He is also a former Sport and News editor at the student newspaper, Perdeby and is an avid reader and writer. Michael is also part of the Golden Key International Honours Society. He is passionate about making a difference in people’s lives and loves working with a multitude of people towards the betterment of his community.

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Gugulethu Resha

Gugulethu Resha

Stellenbosch University

Gugulethu Resha is currently a final year Bachelor of Arts in Humanities student majoring in Political Science and Philosophy at Stellenbosch University. She serves on Nemesia Residence’s House Committee under the Critical Engagement and Policies portfolio. She has completed the NFQ Level 6 accredited short course – 2DO workshop facilitation – with the Frederick Van Zyl Slabbert Institute for Student Leadership Development, and is currently enrolled for the Beyond Borders short course. She has been a member of the Youth Policy Committee at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) since its inception in 2013 to present – assisting with the facilitation of the high schools programs and research & training workshops. She participated in the SAIIA 2016 Young Leaders Conference which was aimed at enabling youth policy input and recommendations on the commitments made by South Africa in Agenda 2063, the Paris Agreement, Sustainable Development Goals and National Development Plan. Gugu is passionate about the development of women and youth, universal access to education and upholding of democratic institutions in post-conflict African countries and hopes to pursue a career in regional African cooperation for peace and sustainable development.

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Khanyiso Sangqu

Khanyiso Sangqu

University of Cape Town

Khanyiso is currently in the penultimate year of his Bachelor of Laws Degree at the University of Cape Town. He has completed a Bachelor of Social Science degree specializing in Political Studies and International Relations at UCT. Khanyiso has pursued his passion for social development and service in a variety of leadership positions and organizations at UCT as the Student Life Representative on the Commerce Students’ Council, as treasurer of the South African Students Congress – UCT and as a Senior Mentor in Kopano Residence. He currently serves as chairperson of InkuluFreeHeid-UCT. Committed to using his legal education for the betterment South Africa, Khanyiso is a volunteer for the Constitutional Literacy and Service Initiative (CLASI) which teaches constitutional literacy in disadvantaged communities. Khanyiso hopes to use the law as a tool for positive social change and aspires to a life of public service.

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James van Duuren

James van Duuren

University of Cape Town

James van Duuren is currently a 5th year Medicine student at the University of Cape Town. He embarked upon the long road to becoming a doctor so as to best be able to serve the needs of South Africa. James hopes to serve as a catalyst for social change through the establishment of firm Primary Health Care systems that are accessible and affordable to disenfranchised communities. James has been a volunteer for SHAWCO, a large student-led social development and outreach organisation with historic ties to UCT and greater Cape Town, since his first week of medical school. He is a dedicated servant leader responsible for running primary-care clinics serving thousands of patients every year and has served as the Head of SHAWCO’s Simthandile Clinic in Khayelitsha, Head of SHAWCO Paediatrics and is currently the Vice President of SHAWCO’s Health Sector for 2017. He has occupied many other leadership roles within UCT societies including subcommittee and committee positions for the UCT Surgical Society and UCT Cardiac Society. Together with a peer he is Co-head of the Childsafe Student Initiative which is working in conjunction with the Red Cross Children’s Hospital trauma unit to pioneer family interventions to reduce the incidence of childhood accidental injury. James hopes to one day become a leader in global healthcare.

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