46 South Africans Selected for Inaugural YALI Washington Fellowship

Pretoria — The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce that 46 South Africans have been invited to participate in the first ever Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Washington Fellowship. These outstanding young South African leaders will travel to the U.S. this June with over 450 other young African leaders for a six week program at one of 20 prestigious U.S. universities followed by a conference in Washington, DC hosted by President Obama.

The South African recipients were selected from almost 4,000 applicants and represent an extraordinary, diverse group of leaders already making important contributions in entrepreneurship, public administration, and community service in their communities.

“Together with President Obama, I congratulate this outstanding group of 46 young South African leaders who will represent their country on this first year of the Washington Fellowship, “ said U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Patrick H. Gaspard. “The participants from South Africa are among the most inspiring and talented young people in the country and we are excited to provide them with this opportunity to network with other leaders on the continent and in the U.S.”

“Our only regret is that because of space constraints we were not able to send all of the qualified and worthy candidates who applied this year,” continued Ambassador Gaspard. “But this is only the first year of this important initiative for our government in Africa. So I encourage all unsuccessful applicants to reapply next year and also to consider our other educational and professional exchange programs which can be found on our website: southafrica.usembassy.gov.”

Participants will be departing for Washington in mid-June and returning in August. Over the coming weeks we will be profiling the South African 2014 YALI fellows on our Social Media platforms (see below).

TV, radio, and print media will also have the opportunity to interview participants. Please contact PretoriaPress@state.gov if you are interested in meeting individual Fellows.

BACKGROUND ON THE YALI WASHINGTON FELLOWSHIP

President Obama announced the Washington Fellowship at a Town Hall with young African leaders on June 29 in Soweto last year. The 500 Washington Fellows will arrive on June 14 for six weeks of academic coursework and training at 20 of America’s top universities (go here for a list of the universities participating). On July 28-30, they will participate in a Presidential Summit for the Fellows convened by President Obama in Washington, DC. One hundred of the Fellows will stay on to participate in internships in the United States. Africa-based professional development, networking, and community engagement opportunities will be made available for all of the Fellows upon their return to their home countries.

Any citizen or resident of sub-Saharan Africa between 25 and 35 years was eligible to apply for the program. In this inaugural year, almost 50,000 candidates completed applications, including nearly 4,000 from South Africa.

In a message to all those applied for the fellowship President Obama said, “I launched this effort because I believe that the future of Africa will be defined by extraordinary young people like you, and the United States wants to be your partner. At our town halls at the White House and in Soweto, and in my meetings with young people across Africa, you’ve shown me that you have the talent, the drive, and the determination to become the next generation of African leaders.”

YOUNG AFRICAN LEADERS INITIATIVE NETWORK

In addition to announcing those selected for the Washington Fellowship this year, President Obama also announced this week the Young African Leaders Initiative Network – or YALI Network, a virtual community that connects young African leaders with resources from the U.S. government and to one another. Anyone can sign up to receive updates and other opportunities available for young African leaders from the U.S. government by going to this link: Join the YALI Network

Here is the complete list of Washington Fellows.  Full details and biographies are available here (PDF document, 7.3Mb)

Name Home Province TRACK Host University
1.  Cindy-Lee Cloete

Western Cape

Civic Leadership

Arizona State University

2.  Bongiwe Ndakisa

Eastern Cape

Civic Leadership

Arizona State University

3.  Olwethu Sipuka

Eastern Cape

Civic Leadership

Arizona State University

4.  Buhle Mabaso

Gauteng

Civic Leadership

Arizona State University

5.  Tsakani Nola Mashaba

Limpopo

Business & Entrepreneurship

Clark Atlanta University

6.  Elizabeth Mmabatho Mokiti

Gauteng

Business & Entrepreneurship

Clark Atlanta University

7.  Mhlanganisi Someleze Madlongolwana

Northern Cape

Business & Entrepreneurship

Dartmouth College

8.  Zamafuze Lumka Ngcobo

KwaZulu-Natal

Business & Entrepreneurship

Dartmouth College

9.  Amy-Louise Margaret Shelver

Eastern Cape

Business & Entrepreneurship

Dartmouth College

10. Gillion Bosman*

Western Cape

Public Management

Florida International University

11. Kwezi Kondile

Eastern Cape

Public Management

Florida International University

12. Percy Morapedi Koji

Northwest

Public Management

Howard University

13. Gay Lebohang Mokwena

Gauteng

Public Management

Howard University

14. Andrew Gasnolar*

Western Cape

Public Management

Morgan State University

15. Thabang Vuyani Qaqambile Moleko

Eastern Cape

Public Management

Morgan State University

16. Ohentse Jeremiah Mokae

Northern Cape

Public Management

Morgan State University

17. Paul Dimitri Galatis*

Western Cape

Business & Entrepreneurship

Northwestern University

18. Khanyisile Thobekile Magubane

Gauteng

Business & Entrepreneurship

Northwestern University

19. Sibusisiwe Lynette Ntuli

KwaZulu-Natal

Business & Entrepreneurship

Northwestern University

20. Linky Nkuna

Mpumalanga

Civic Leadership

Rutgers University

21. Ryno Alsander De Water

Eastern Cape

Public Management

Syracuse University

22. Xitshembhiso Russel Mulamula

Limpopo

Public Management

Syracuse University

23. Peter Malatji*

Mpumalanga

Civic Leadership

Tulane University

24. Kolisile Theo Ndindwa*

Western Cape

Civic Leadership

Tulane University

25. Nomathansanqa Bonolo Celia Cebe

Free State

Public Management

University of Arkansas

26. Mbali Ntuli

KwaZulu-Natal

Public Management

University of Arkansas

27. Amukelani Hermando Mayimele

Free State

Civic Leadership

University of California-Berkeley

28. Sbonelo Nkosinathi Mkhize

KwaZulu-Natal

Civic Leadership

University of California-Berkeley

29. Yossi Hasson

Gauteng

Civic Leadership

University of Delaware

30. Mohlatlego Cathy Mohlahlana

Limpopo

Civic Leadership

University of Delaware

31. Danielle Renee Manuel*

Western Cape

Public Management

University of Minnesota

32. Lukholo Ngamlana*

Western Cape

Public Management

University of Minnesota

33. Candice Potgieter

KwaZulu-Natal

Business & Entrepreneurship

University of Notre Dame

34. Ntuthuko Shezi

KwaZulu-Natal

Business & Entrepreneurship

University of Notre Dame

35. Lerato Tshabalala

Gauteng

Business & Entrepreneurship

University of Notre Dame

36. Nomzamo Faith Mangope

Mpumalanga

Business & Entrepreneurship

University of Texas-Austin

37. Creesen Naicker

KwaZulu-Natal

Business & Entrepreneurship

University of Texas-Austin

38. Kgomotso Koketso Teresa-Anne Tabane

Gauteng

Business & Entrepreneurship

University of Texas-Austin

39. Warren Dewald Johannes

Eastern Cape

Civic Leadership

University of Virginia & College of William & Mary

40. Mbali Mnisi

Mpumalanga

Civic Leadership

University of Virginia & College of William & Mary

41. Justin Philip Beswick*

Western Cape

Business & Entrepreneurship

University of Wisconsin-Stout

42. Tebogo Moatshe Ditshego

Gauteng

Business & Entrepreneurship

University of Wisconsin-Stout

43. Romy Alexandra Titus

Gauteng

Civic Leadership

Wagner College

44. Lalumbe Makuya

Limpopo

Civic Leadership

Wagner College

45. Samantha Beckbessinger

KwaZulu-Natal

Business & Entrepreneurship

Yale University

46. Mafumo Murendeni

Gauteng

Business & Entrepreneurship

Yale University

* These Washington Fellows will NOT be available for interviews on May 19 in Johannesburg, but will be available in Cape Town on May 22.  Please contact Jane Carpenter-Rock (CarpenterJH@state.gov) with inquiries.

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