Opportunities to Interview South Africa’s 2014 YALI Washington Fellows

Pretoria— The U.S. Embassy is pleased to introduce the 46 young South Africans who will participate in the inaugural year of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).  This diverse group of individuals come from all nine South African provinces and were all chosen for their leadership in business and entrepreneurship, public management, or civic engagement.

In June, these Fellows will travel to the U.S. to begin training at one of 20 prestigious U.S. universities.  After this six week academic period concludes they, along with almost 450 other Young African Leaders from throughout sub-Saharan African, will convene in Washington D.C. for a mentorship and networking conference hosted by President Obama.

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.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES

Media interested in interviewing Washington Fellows can contact us at the details above and a representative from the US Embassy or US Consulate General (Johannesburg, Cape Town, or Durban) will respond to arrange interviews.

All Media have a one-time opportunity to meet and interview the Fellows on Monday, May 19, 2014 between 8-10 a.m. at the U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg (1 Sandton Drive, Sandhurst, across from Sandton City).  Opportunities will be available for group and one-on-one interviews for print and television, as well as the possibility for live or recorded call-ins for radio (see below).  In addition to the Fellows, U.S. Government experts will be available for questions and answers.  This is the only time that this year’s Washington Fellows will be together before departing for the United States.

EQUIPMENT

Because of security regulations, you must RSVP and send names and equipment details in advance.   Please RSVP by Friday, May 16 at 12 noon to Wandile Mavuso (MavusoWX@state.gov) with the full names of crewmembers, media house, ID numbers, and contact information.  Note that there is no parking available at the Consulate – please use Sandton City public parking.

RADIO Call in instructions:

Consulate General Johannesburg has a professionally-equipped radio studio that will be available for radio stations to call in and record sound bites or conduct LIVE interviews.  To reserve, please RSVP to Wandile Mavuso (MavusoWX@state.gov) your name, station information, preferred interview time, preferred nominee(s) to interview, and date/time the interview or sound bite is likely to air.