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Two Nelson Mandela University students are set to jet off this weekend to Johannesburg for a two-week fellowship following their selection to the 2017 Young African Leadership Initiative Regional Leadership Centre (YALI RLC).

Development studies student Sandile Mjamba (left) and Honours in Economics student, Sigqibo Jack, who have a shared passion for leadership and development, will join participants from 14 other countries at the fellowship from 13 August to 9 September.

The Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI)  was launched by former President of the United States, Barack Obama, in 2010 with the aim of supporting young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Regional Leadership Centre Southern Africa (RLC SA), led by the University of South Africa (Unisa) School of Business Leadership in Midrand, will develop young African leaders across three tracks – Business and Entrepreneurship Development, Public Management and Governance –through a hybrid of innovative and complimentary approaches such as contact sessions, online mentoring, industry placement and experiential learning.  

Sandile has been selected for the Entrepreneurship and Business Development track, while Sigqibo has been selected for the Public Management track.

“Being selected for the YALI RLC, is one of the most important milestones I have achieved continentally to date,” said Mjamba.

“It has presented an opportunity to grow as a young entrepreneur, to build a network around Africa and also to build capacity from a continentally informed platform that will enable to plough back the skills learnt to empowering my agenda of youth economic empowerment,” he says.

An overwhelmed Sigqibo said that the mere fact of being one of the few people chosen to attend this program and represent his country is truly a blessing and a dream come true.

“I have a great passion for leadership and I'm very much interested in the growth of South Africa at large and hence my choice to participate in the Public Management category,” he said.

“Being an Honours student in Economics allows me to have a grip on both the economy and politics, which ultimately have a positive relation to each other,” he says. 

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