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Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Honours in Public Management & Leadership student, Vuyokazi Gwam, has been selected as one of 10 delegates from South Africa to participate in the Programme for Young Politicians in Africa (PYPA).

Vuyokazi, who is also a Research Assistant at the University’s Office for Institutional Strategy as well as the Centre for Women and Gender studies, is the only delegate from the Eastern Cape to be invited.

The Education and Training Unit for Democracy and Development (ETU) in partnership with the Olof Palme Center from Sweden run this Programme in Johannesburg.  Various youth-based organisations in the Southern African region were invited to nominate young delegates to participate in the programme. 

Participating organisations selected outstanding young members between the ages of 22 to 34 years of age based on their level of political experience, demonstrated leadership in political and community activities and commitment to strengthening their political party.    

The broad content areas of the programme include economics, poverty & sustainable development; key issues concerning youth & development in Africa; negotiation & conflict resolution and leadership skills among others.