Magalie was born in Kwilu-Ngongo, Democratic Republic of Congo in 1988. She is working on a Masters degree in Sustainable Energy.
Kelebone Lekunya was born in Mokhotlong, Lesotho, on 31 January 1987. He has completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Kelebone intends to read for a Masters degree in Urban Infrastructure Design & Management at the University of Cape Town in 2013 as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar. He is currently working as an Assistant Physical Planner, in which capacity he is tasked with producing broad land-use plans, guiding and advising councillors on land planning matters, and producing physical development plans (layouts). Kelebone has also worked as a clerk for a law firm, assisting attorneys with research, preparing draft documents for presentation in court, and interviewing clients. He acts as a representative of the Mokhotlong District Council Physical Planners on the District Heads of Department Committee.
Leticia Taimo was born in Maputo, Mozambique, on 31 December 1990. She is in her final year of study for a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies at Monash South Africa. She intends to read for an honours degree in International Relations at the University of Cape Town in 2013 as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar. She is currently a member of AIESEC at Monash, working in the Incoming Exchange portfolio. Leticia was a facilitator at the Enke: Make your Mark Forum in July 2010. Between 2009 and 2010 she acted as Director of Media and Communications Students in Free Enterprise at Monash. In 2007 Leticia was part of Colegio Kitabu’s Leavers Committee. She also worked as an oral translator at the Business Fair in Maputo in 2008, translating from Portuguese to English and vice-versa. She has received a number of awards in recognition of her academic capabilities. Leticia won the Monash South Africa Scholarship in 2011 and 2012. In 2010 she received the Dean’s Recognition Award for outstanding academic results in the 2nd semester. Leticia is also a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. While in high school in 2002-2007, Leticia was included in the honour roll and won a scholarship.
Rutendo Usayi was born in Kadoma, Zimbabwe, on 10 April 1990. She is in her final year of study for a Bachelor of Science in Professional Accounting at Monash South Africa. Rutendo intends to read for an honours degree in the Theory of Accounting at the University of Johannesburg in 2013 as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar. She has received a number of academic awards at her university and as a result was granted a full scholarship from Monash for 2011 and 2012. Rutendo was named Best Principles of Accounting student, Best Introduction to Financial Accounting student, and came in second place in Macro and Micro Economics. In her second year she was named Best Financial Accounting student, Best Auditing student and Best Business Law student. Rutendo acted in senior leadership positions while in high school, including being a senior prefect at St David’s Girls High. She was projects manager for a high school business project, secretary for an orphanage, and senior prefect for the Interact Club. She is currently a class representative for Ethics at her university.
Nhlakanipho was born in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, on 2 May 1989. He is completing a Bachelor of Psychology degree at the University of Zululand. He intends to read for his Master’s degree in 2012 at the University of Zululand, as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar. Nhlakanipho has been a UNIZULU Evaluation and Monitoring Officer since 2010. He is also the Student Housing Interim Chairperson. In 2008 he was Group Tutor and Leader in the Philosophy Department. He is also a member of other organisations, including Students in Free Enterprise, the Black Management Forum Students Chapter, and Psychology Academic Society.
Angela Obwaka was born in Mombasa, Kenya, on 19 April 1988. She is in her final year of study for a Bachelor of Business Science in Human Resource Management, at Monash SA. She intends to read for Honours in Strategic Management in 2012, as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar, at the University of Johannesburg. She is working as a tutor and marker at the Department of Management, School of Business & Economics at Monash SA. She tutors first-year students in Management and second year students in Human Resource Management. She is a research assistant for the School of Health Sciences, where she carries out surveys and implements research questionnaires. Angela holds a Monash University Scholarship for 2011. She has also been a member of and consultant for the Monash Economics Forum since April 2011. She is a member of the Monash SA Women’s Forum, and the Golden Key International Honour Society.
Patrick Ebewo was born in Urua Inyang, Nigeria, on 10 March 1986. He is currently in his first year of a Masters in Entrepreneurship degree at Tshwane University of Technology. He intends to complete his degree in 2012 at Tshwane University of Technology, as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar. He has been president of Students in Free Enterprise at Tshwane University of Technology since February 2011. Patrick was a member of the SA Youth for International Diplomacy 2011 G8/G20 Youth Summit Organising Committee, where he was tasked with fundraising and marketing. He was responsible for developing sponsorship proposals to government and the private sector. In 2011 he received the Special Departmental Award for Outstanding Academic Performance in B Tech Management at TUT. Patrick has been involved in a number of seminars and workshops in TUT and the University of Botswana. He has also published a peer reviewed conference paper.
Yumna was born in Gauteng, South Africa, on 9 April 1990. She is completing her Honours in International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand. She intends to read for a Masters of Arts degree in International Relations at Wits in 2012, as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar. Yumna has served in leadership positions on a number of committees. She has been a member of the Golden Key Committee for Community Service since 2009. In 2010 she was selected to participate in the DA Young Leader’s Programme. In 2009 she was elected as a representative of historically disadvantaged and disabled students in the University Forum. She was a member of the Democratic Alliance Student‘s Organisation, and has been a member of the Disability Awareness Movement since 2008.
Tarsianna was born in Gweru, Zimbabwe, on 25 June 1983. She is currently in her final year of study for a Bachelor of Psychology degree at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. She intends to read for her Masters degree in Psychology in 2011, as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar at Stellenbosch University. Tarsianna is a student laboratory assistant at NMMU’s information and communication technology unit. She also volunteered as a counsellor for the at Transnet Phelophepa Health Care project. She holds leadership positions within NMMU and is actively involved in community work. She has displayed a strong work ethic and commitment. She has been a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society since 2009. She chairs the Association of Catholic Tertiary Students (ACTS) at NMMU.
Dananai Muchemenye was born in Midlands, Zimbabwe, on 21 March 1983. He is currently in his final year of study for a Bachelor of Laws degree. He intends to read for a Masters degree in Tax Law in 2011, as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar at the University of the Western Cape. Dananai is currently the president of the Students Representative Council (SRC) at UWC. In 2008 he was on the Dean’s Merit List. He was also named the Best Student in Political Studies in that year. In 2007 he represented UWC at the All Africa Human Rights Moot Court and at the Ministry of Justice Budget Day Moot.
Maletsabisa Molapo was born in Sekube, Lesotho, on 15 October 1987. She completed her Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science in 2009. She is reading for a Masters degree in Computer Science as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar. Maletsabisa has been a Computer Science Teaching Assistant since August 2009. She is also a founder of Women in Technology Lesotho, and the National University of Lesotho’s Women Empowerment campaign. In 2009 she was awarded the Telecom Lesotho Award for the Best Student in Computer Systems and Networks. She was also voted Best Student in Computer Science by the Standard Lesotho Bank.