The Mandela Rhodes Foundation, the late Nelson Mandela’s official legacy organisation for leadership development, today announces Judy Vatiswa Sikuza as the MRF’s new Chief Executive Officer. She takes up the position on 1 August 2019.
The Mandela Rhodes Foundation is extremely proud to announce the successful candidates for the 2019 Leverhulme Mandela Rhodes Doctoral Scholarships. Now in its fourth year running, the field of applications received was the largest so far, and the calibre of candidates was extremely high. The MRF offers its warm congratulations to Leané Meiring (South Africa & Wits, 2015) and Axolile Qina (South Africa & Stellenbosch University, 2016).
President Obama honours Madiba’s legacy at 100th celebrations
In July 2018, South Africa and the world marked the 100 year anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, one of the most important figures of the 20th century. Mr Mandela’s legacy lives on in the imaginations of people across the world, including the US, where he had an important network of friends and allies.
On Wednesday 11 April MRF Deputy Executive Director Judy Sikuza delivered the Graduation speech to the Faculty of Humanities graduands at the University of Cape Town. Judy shared leadership lessons from her own life journey, and encouraged the graduating class to pursue their dreams with courage. Watch her speech (from 15’00) and read the highlights below, courtesy of UCT.
Chief Executive Officer
The Mandela Rhodes Foundation was launched in 2003 as a joint initiative between the late Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and the Rhodes Trust. Its central purpose is to develop exceptional leadership in Africa. The Foundation’s founding principles may be found on the website. The MRF’s flagship activity, the Mandela Rhodes Scholarships, is Africa’s leading postgraduate scholarship and leadership development programme. Close to 500 Mandela Rhodes Scholarships have been awarded to candidates from 26 African countries to study at Honours or Masters level in South Africa. Because of the incumbent’s impending retirement from the position, the Foundation seeks to appoint an accomplished new Chief Executive Officer with strong stakeholder management experience, leadership stature and strategic acumen to lead the Foundation through its next stage of evolution, in accordance with a five-year strategy approved by the Trustees.
A truly epic MRF year is drawing to a close. The centenary of the birth of our late Founding Patron Mr Nelson Mandela, and our own 15th anniversary as a Foundation, were of course the events that will forever define 2018 for the MRF. But all our other activities were very successfully delivered by the team – which just took more work upon itself! My sincere thanks and congratulations to Team MRF. I am constantly amazed by what this small, exceptional group is capable of achieving. Appreciation to Judy, Ernst, Pam, Julia, Gigi, Shivon, Tim, Zimpande … and to Coralie (see next item).
Important new Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy adopted by MRF
I am proud to report that after extensive and concerted work by the MRF executive team, assisted by leading experts, a new comprehensive Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment/Bullying Policy was adopted by the Board of Trustees in Cape Town in July. Given the upsurge in reported events in recent times, both in South Africa and around the world, the Foundation is determined to ensure that we remain at the forefront regarding proactive measures to prevent abuse.
By Coralie Valentyn.
The Mandela Rhodes Foundation in Cape Town has celebrated the centenary of its Founding Patron Nelson Mandela with a ‘gift’ of 100 Mandela Rhodes Scholars in residence – the largest cohort in the MRF’s history. The Foundation simultaneously celebrated its own 15th birthday, having been birthed at the time of the Rhodes Trust’s centenary in 2003.