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Masego Mafata

South Africa & Stellenbosch University, 2020

Masego was born and bred in Johannesburg. She is pursuing an Honours degree in Journalism at Stellenbosch University. She longs for the realisation of social justice and cohesion. This informs her hopes to become a leading change-agent.

Through this aspiration, Masego has immersed herself in a variety of activities and opportunities that encourage her to (un)learn, grow and incite change. Having completed over 300 hours of community service by the end of 2016, she continues to partake in community service projects. She was a regular volunteer at the Legacy Centre in 2018/19, conducting singing sessions. Her passion for service also saw her serve as a mentor in SU’s mentorship programme in 2017 and 2018, as well as a monitor during Orientation Week in 2019.

Masego has served on several outreach committees, as well as on the executive committees of the United Nations Association of South Africa and Amnesty International’s SU chapters for 2018 and 2019. To develop her diplomacy skills, she participated in several conferences, such as the WFUNA Model United Nations conference in New York and local human rights conferences. She is also a member of the Golden Key Honour Society. Believing in writing as a medium through which to tell people’s truths led her and two friends to launch Ilizwi, an online student publication aimed at engaging with relegated narratives in Stellenbosch. Masego draws inspiration from the success of her peers and their efforts as change-agents.

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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?


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