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Karabo Malahleha

South Africa & University of Cape Town, 2022

Karabo Malahleha holds a Bachelor of Business Science specialising in Finance with Accounting from the University of Capetown. He is also a Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellow and a former recipient of the Investec CSI Bursary. In his year in residence he will be studying towards a Post-Graduate Diploma in Accounting.

Karabo hopes to be able to lift others as he rises and believes in empowering others through the opportunities that he has received. He seeks to make positive contributions to society in different spheres of influence that he finds himself. He founded an NPO called Asikhulumeni in 2020 which to combat the growing rate of gender-based violence in South Africa. It does so by having conversations on the issue in high schools across South Africa, focusing on young boys, whose mindsets it aims to challenge by empowering them with the knowledge necessary to grow, think, and do better.

Karabo is a former tutor in the College of Accounting at UCT and has served in various leadership roles in university, including being a member of his previous residence’s House Committee in 2019 and a Sub-warden in 2020. In his spare time, he enjoys exercising, serving in his local church and loves exploring the wide range of activities that Cape Town has had to offer.

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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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