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Desire Runganga

Zimbabwe & University of Cape Town, 2022

Desire Runganga holds a B. Eng. in Mining and Mineral Processing Engineering from the Midlands State University, Zimbabwe. The resource curse phenomenon characterizing most of African countries is what drives his passion to become a mineral economist, advisor and seasoned leader in natural resource governance. He seeks to make a positive difference in Africa’s Extractive Sector by fostering sustainability.

Desire has a good track record in student advocacy, Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) activism, equality and the green movement. He is a former Midlands State University Student Leader and Assistant Lecturer where he spearheaded the University’s community engagement projects. He has also served as a volunteer with SAYWHAT, National AIDS Council of Zimbabwe Representative for Youth in Tertiary Institutions and Assistant lecturer in the Mining Engineering Department of Manicaland State University of Applied Sciences.

Desire has qualified for The Central Bank of Zimbabwe Young Entrepreneurs Programme two years in a row and and plans on taking the social entrepreneurship route upon completion of his studies. Although he is studying natural sciences he believes it is very important to keep abreast of the ills affecting his community.

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We look for young Africans who have demonstrated the potential to embody our founding principles of reconciliation, education, entrepreneurship, and leadership.

On 1 January 2023, I will be between the age of 19 and 29

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I have an undergraduate degree with above-average academic results (70% + or Upper Second Class Honours)


We look for young leaders who aspire to the principles below and who have demonstrated the potential to live them out.


Do you aspire to be a visionary leader who has moral authority? Do you see leadership as more than just personal ambition - as a way to pursue the advancement of equality and freedom, human rights and human dignity? And do you want to guide and inspire others to reach their full potential?


Do you admire Nelson Mandela’s ability to bridge historic divides through our common humanity? Do you believe that reconciliation and reparation are the key to transforming our societies so that everyone can have equal opportunity to thrive? And are you prepared to begin by grappling with your own internal divides and difficulties first?


Do you have excellent academic results, but believe that your education should not only benefit you but make a difference to others? And do you understand that intellectual excellence must be accompanied by character and a rounded personality?


Do you want to see Africa take its rightful place as an equal and competitive presence in the global world? Have you demonstrated individual effort, innovation and creativity to this end?


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