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2018 Scholars Announced

MANDELA RHODES SCHOLARS
CLASS OF 2018 ANNOUNCED

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation is delighted to announce the selection of the 14th cohort of Mandela Rhodes Scholars, who make up the Class of 2018.

The new Mandela Rhodes Scholars, selected at the final interviews in Cape Town in October, bring to close to 450 the total number of Scholarships awarded since the Programme was launched in 2005.

A record number of Mandela Rhodes Scholars will be in residence in 2018.

Details of the new Scholars, including their countries of origin, institutions and proposed study to be undertaken, are provided in the attached schedule.

During their time in residence, Mandela Rhodes Scholars pursue postgraduate studies and participate in customised Leadership Development Programmes.

Details on the Mandela Rhodes Scholarships Programme may be found at www.mandelarhodes.org

For further information about the Mandela Rhodes Scholarships, requests for interviews with Scholars or Foundation staff, or copies of photographs for publication, please contact Mandela Rhodes Foundation Programme Associate Coralie Valentyn on 021 424 3346 or e-mail coralie@mrf.org.za.

DECEMBER 2017 UPDATE FROM THE MRF

UPDATE FROM THE MANDELA RHODES FOUNDATION: DECEMBER 2017

This is my fourth and final update to stakeholders for 2017 as The Mandela Rhodes Foundation prepares to close off on another exceptionally productive 12 month period and readies itself for 2018, the seminal year of the Centenary of our Patron’s birth as well as the year of our own 15th anniversary.

Selection of the Class of 2018

Following a marathon Applications and Selections process the Class of 2018 has been selected. For the first time in the MRF’s history, the continuing growth of the Scholarships Programme meant that it was necessary to convene three Selection Committees over a two-week period to conduct the final interviews. What has emerged from the process is an extraordinarily exciting group on all levels, and the MRF is confident that we have a very worthy cohort for the historic year ahead marking the 100th anniversary of our Patron Nelson Mandela, and our 15th anniversary. An announcement about the new Class will be made shortly, setting out details of the record number of Scholars who have been chosen.

The Completion Workshop for the Class of 2017

The Completion Workshop for the 2017 cohort took place successfully in Cape Town in late September, and Scholars were addressed by MRF Trustee, international entrepreneur and philanthropist John McCall MacBain. Other outside guest speakers included Dr Mamphela Ramphele of Reimagine SA; Dana Buys, IT entrepreneur and wine estate owner; Chinezi Chinoke of the Nova Group, and Rehana Moosajee, formerly of the City of Johannesburg’ Mayoral Committee. A pleasingly wide range of Mandela Rhodes alumni gave inputs by invitation: Lethabo Motswaledi (SA & UCT 2016), Kenechukwu Ikebuaku (Nigeria & UWC 2014), Dr Nosipho Mngomezulu (SA & RU 2011), Dr Daphney Singo (SA & UCT 2007), Suntosh Pillay (SA & UKZN 2008), Dr Gift Pule (SA & UCT 2012) and Lerato Mpofu (Zimbabwe & RU 2016). MRF Chair Professor Njabulo Ndebele delivered a memorable farewell oration to the Class at the closing dinner, where Scholars received their ‘shields’ in recognition of the conclusion of their time in residence.

Introductory Workshops for the Class of 2018

Plans for the Introductory Workshops for the Class of 2018 are in place, with a stimulating list of guest speakers having confirmed their participation. As is traditional at this workshop, there will be site visits, structured Scholar introductions to one another, and deep exploration of leadership legacies.

And finally …

The Mandela Rhodes Community (MRC) made MRF history by hosting its conference outside SA for the first time (in Lesotho in November). And in just a few days’ time our Deputy Executive Director Judy Sikuza (SA & NMMU 2007) weds Janet Jobson (SA & RU 2006) in the southern Cape. To them and all our friends and supporters … warmest wishes for a wonderful year ahead. Until 2018, then …

AUGUST 2017 UPDATE FROM THE MRF

UPDATE FROM THE MANDELA RHODES FOUNDATION: AUGUST 2017

It has been a frenetic three months at the MRF since my last update in mid-May – but for very positive reasons, as you will read below in a summary of recent Foundation activity.

The Mid-year Workshops for the Class of 2017

The always-intense Mid-year Workshops took place successfully in the first two weeks of July at Devon Valley, Stellenbosch, expertly facilitated by the MRF team and our highly valued colleagues from Reos Partners. Invited speakers included Justice Yvonne Mokgoro (a founding MRF Trustee), Achmat Dangor (MRF Trustee), Justice Edwin Cameron (former SA Rhodes Scholarships National Secretary), Leila Akahloun (Special Advisor to Mrs Graça Machel), and Ndumiso Luthuli (SA Rhodes National Secretary). MRS Alumni from various cohorts also gave much appreciated inputs: Pie-Pacifique Kabalira-Uwase (Rwanda & UKZN 2006), Ayanda Khala-Phiri (SA & Wits 2007), Dr Marlon (Burgess) Swai (SA & UCT 2007), and Elnari Potgieter (SA & Stellenbosch 2012). Scholars in attendance rated the Workshops very highly.

Executive and Deputy Executive Director’s busy interactions with other organisations

Both Judy and I – along with a number of Mandela Rhodes Scholars – represented the MRF during the 10th year anniversary visit of The Elders, an organisation to which our late Founding Patron lent his support. In addition I participated in the latest meeting convened by the Graça Machel Trust and the Mandela Institute for Development Studies which, as I have reported previously to MRF stakeholders, is exploring the possibilities of an African Youth Development Network. It was a source of pride that Julia (Cloete) Levin (MRS SA & UCT 2005) facilitated the consultation. Judy’s travels included a visit to Kenya, where she presented to Oxford University Press East Africa staff, as well as hosting a very well attended gathering of Mandela Rhodes Scholars which MRF Trustee Janet Kabiru joined. Judy also addressed the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, and visited KwaZulu Natal as keynote speaker to a school principals’ conference, while also catching up with the Mandela Rhodes Community (MRC).

MRF-Alumni engagement framework finalised

Spurred on by MRF Programme Associate Coralie Valentyn (SA & UWC 2014), a superb Alumni Engagement Framework document has been produced. It details the many existing forms of interaction between the Foundation and Alumni, but also prefigures new initiatives such as a magazine, further physical convening, and increased collaboration with like-minded organisations. My sincere appreciation to the multi-talented, multi-disciplinary Team MRF.

Shortlisting process for the Class of 2018 Mandela Rhodes Scholars in full swing

Round three of the extremely rigorous selection process for the Class of 2018 Mandela Rhodes Scholars is well under way – shortlisting for final interviews. More news in the next update.

MAY 2017 UPDATE FROM THE MRF

UPDATE FROM THE MANDELA RHODES FOUNDATION: MAY 2017

Cape Town meeting of the Board of Trustees of the MRF completed – with exciting news

The Board of Trustees on 14 and 15 May and confirmed that the target of ‘100 Mandela Rhodes Scholars in residence by the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth’ remains on track for our 15th anniversary in 2018. This is subject as always to financial sustainability, and we will be launching a fundraising campaign to support additional Scholars in Madiba’s honour. The MRF was delighted to welcome its newest Trustee, Mrs Janet Kabiru, who is also National Secretary of the Rhodes Scholarships in Kenya. Board events included an informal lunch with Cape-based members of the MRS Class of 2017, and a joint reception for MRS alumni with locally-based Rhodes Scholars. All were a great success.

Inaugural Leverhulme Mandela Rhodes Doctoral Scholars selected

The inaugural Leverhulme Mandela Rhodes Doctoral Scholars have been selected! There was tremendous interest from alumni in the programme (our newest ‘baby’), leading up to final interviews earlier this month in the Mandela Rhodes boardroom, chaired by Professor Ndebele. Warmest congratulations to Mark John Burke (SA & UCT 2012) and Jolynne Mokaya (Kenya & Stellenbosch 2016). They will be pursuing PhD studies in the UK in these respective fields: ‘Emerging market GAP Housing’, and ‘The impact of sub-fertility and successful fertility treatment on the long-term mental health of women’. Go Mandela Rhodes Scholars!

Memorable Introductory Workshops for the Class of 2017

Deputy Executive Director Judy Sikuza reports as follows: ‘With the Class of 2017 the MRF continued to embed the multiple group model approach successfully piloted in 2016. Both groups went through identically structured programmes, the only variation being guest speakers. Invited keynote speakers were Rhodes Scholar Mrs Janet Kabiru, (Kenya & St Hilda’s 1995) and Dr Nkosana Moyo from Zimbabwe, CEO of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies. An exciting addition was bringing in alumni Mandela Rhodes Scholars with expertise in leadership topics. Luzelle Yon Lestrade (Namibia & Stellenbosch 2006) and Rachel Nyaradzo Adams (Zimbabwe & UCT 2006) ran exceptional sessions.’

Update on applications process for the Class of 2018 Mandela Rhodes Scholars

Close to 9,000 registrations of interest were recorded by the time applications closed for the Class of 2018, and the four-step selection process is now in full swing with alumni reviewers hard at work.

The upcoming Mid-year Workshops in July

Plans are well advanced for these workshops, with most speakers confirmed – details in the next update.

#Kathrada – In Memorium

The MRF remembers with joy and deep appreciation the countless hours spent by Kathy in selecting Mandela Rhodes Scholars for more than a decade, and addressing their workshops. Just one more quiet contribution to his beloved continent by this humble giant.
Rest in peace, Kathy.
Shaun and the MRF team

Another Mandela Rhodes Scholar joins the Foundation

It gives me enormous pleasure to announce the appointment of Mandela Rhodes Scholar Coralie Valentyn (South Africa & University of the Western Cape, 2014 – biography attached) to the position of Programme Associate in the Foundation’s scholarships team.

Coralie will report to Deputy Executive Director Judy Sikuza (South Africa & Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, 2007).

Her appointment highlights two very important milestones in the development of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation in its second decade:

• The first is that our Mandela Rhodes Scholarships programme continues to grow rapidly in line with the plans approved by the Board of Trustees, and therefore requires additional capacity within the Scholarships team.
• The second is that our original dream – first expressed in 2003 – that the Foundation would over time draw significantly on its ‘graduated’ beneficiaries to take ownership of its development, is being realised. Our latest Yearbook is close to completion, and will contain details on how many Scholars are playing roles in all aspects of the Foundation – you might be pleasantly surprised by the scale of MR Scholar involvement!

Coralie is already hard at work on the 5th floor at Mandela Rhodes ‘HQ’, and my colleagues have commented that it already feels like she has been with us forever. In the role of Programme Associate, Coralie will pay special attention to alumni relations, aspects of our bespoke leadership development programme, as well as assigned projects and research. Coralie’s input will, importantly, give Judy much-needed support as her own role expands exponentially.

January 2017 update from the MRF

UPDATE FROM THE MANDELA RHODES FOUNDATION: JANUARY 2017

The MRF year is already in full swing with the MRF team making final preparations for the arrival of the Class of 2017 in Cape Town for their Introductory Workshop. But there is an even more excited and celebratory mood than usual in the Mandela Rhodes Building, with the announcement of an important new appointment at the Foundation.

Mandela Rhodes Scholar Judy Sikuza promoted to MRF Deputy Executive Director

I am truly delighted to announce the promotion of MRF Programme Director Judy Sikuza to the position of Deputy Executive Director. Mandela Rhodes Scholar Judy (South Africa & NMMU 2007; biography attached) began to work with the MRF in late 2013 and has played a seminal role in our ongoing quest to lift the Foundation’s flagship Scholarships programme to even greater levels of excellence. In her new position Judy will continue to take full responsibility for the further development and successful implementation of all elements of the Scholarships programme, but as my Deputy she will increase her involvement in the broader running and expansion of the Foundation. Specifically, Judy will focus on strategic projects at my request, and will play an increasing role in stakeholder relations and public engagement on behalf of the MRF. Judy’s leadership achievements, at such a young age, exemplify our highest aspirations for Mandela Rhodes Scholars, and I hope this recognition will also inspire many more talented young Africans to aspire to the Scholarship.

The Class of 2017’s Introductory Workshops

As I write there are two days to go before the first of our Introductory Workshops, and we greatly look forward to welcoming our largest and most continentally diverse Class ever. Mandela Rhodes Scholars from three ‘new’ African countries join us this year, and the flags of their homelands are already hanging in the MR Building’s lobby: Seychelles, Sudan, and Togo. We will as always be exposing the new Class to eminent speakers and leading visits to historic Mandela Rhodes sites: let the journey begin!

Leverhulme Mandela Rhodes Doctoral Scholarships

As soon as the Introductory Workshops are completed, we will be working on finalising the call for applications for the new Leverhulme Mandela Rhodes Doctoral Scholarships, which I announced last year. Please keep an eye on our website www.mandelarhodes.org for news on this and other developments.

2017 Scholars Announced

MANDELA RHODES SCHOLARS
CLASS OF 2017 ANNOUNCED

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation is delighted to announce the selection of the 13th cohort of Mandela Rhodes Scholars, who make up the Class of 2017.

The new Mandela Rhodes Scholars, selected at the final interviews in Johannesburg and Cape Town in October, bring to 377 the total number of Scholarships awarded since the programme was launched in 2005.

It is expected that up to 80 Mandela Rhodes Scholars will be in residence in 2017 – a record number.

Details of the new Scholars, including their countries of origin, institutions and proposed study to be undertaken, can be found under The Scholars section on the web page.

During their time in residence, Mandela Rhodes Scholars pursue postgraduate studies and participate in customised leadership development programmes.

Details on the Mandela Rhodes Scholarships programme may be found at www.mandelarhodes.org

For further information about the Mandela Rhodes Scholarships, requests for interviews with Scholars or Foundation staff, or copies of photographs for publication, please contact Mandela Rhodes Foundation Programme Officer Pam Barron on 021 424 3346 or e-mail pam@mandelarhodes.org.za.

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