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Mary Kgabi

South Africa & University of Johannesburg, 2020

Mary Kgabi holds a National Diploma in Small Business Management and a BTech degree in Operation Management. Her qualifications were obtained at the University of Johannesburg. " Mary is currently enrolled for an MTECH in Operations Management at the University of Johannesburg. In addition to her academic appetite Mary serves as a member of the board of directors for the IBASA YC (Institution of Business Advisers South Africa Youth Chapter) as a fundraising officer. She is a member of the Women’s Property Network, an organisation dedicated to advancing the success of women in the Property Industry. During her time at the University Johannesburg Mary was a member at Enactus, an organisation dedicated to creating a better world while developing the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and social innovators. She served at Enactus for a period spanning from 2012 to 2014 holding different portfolios (project manager, fundraising officer and deputy president). Mary is the founder of Phia Knitting, a clothing company that seek to tell stories using its clothing designs. She has worked for different industries namely, the education, steel and more recently for the property industry where she was responsible for marketing and leasing student accommodations. Mary believes in township development through the improvement of local SMMES, educating residents on governance and their responsibility as residents, and the improvement of township education. She is passionate about the concepts of leadership, entrepreneurship and the healing of psychological wounds in society.


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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 2024, I will be between the age of 19 and 29

I am a citizen of an African country

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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