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Fezokuhle Khumalo

Kingdom of eSwatini & University of Cape Town, 2020

Fezokuhle is an emerging public health professional, with an academic background in Biology and Neuroscience. Her love for public health grew after completing several internships in organisations such as the National Referral Hospital, Swaziland Epilepsy Organization, and the World Bank, which exposed her to the glaring realities of the public health situation in her home country.

Fezokuhle has an additional dedication to the education system of eSwatini. Through her work with The Knowledge Institute, she has gained a determination to play her part in ensuring that everyone has access to opportunities. She started Asifundze Tutoring Services, a private tutoring business in 2018, which is set to grow into a school for students with genetic disorders that cause learning disabilities.

Fezokuhle takes pride in being an African, a trait which saw her working tirelessly to educate students on her undergraduate college campus in the USA, on beautiful Africa. This culminated in the Senior 25 award (an honor given to 25 graduating seniors who show exceptional leadership qualities, academic and extracurricular contributions to the College).

Having lived in Africa, North America and Asia, Fezokuhle loves to explore different cultures, and hopes to make travelling a lifetime hobby. She loves her family and values them as her source of strength and motivation.

Fezokuhle is about to undertake a BSc Honours degree, which will lead to a Masters in Public Health. Her goal is to be involved in health policy making in the Kingdom of eSwatini, and Southern Africa in general.

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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.

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Leadership:

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?

Reconciliation:

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?

Education:

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?

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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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