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Moretlo Moleli

Lesotho & University of Cape Town, 2016

I am an activist at heart. My greatest drive is serving marginalised communities, and I believe that this is a social responsibility which needs to be fostered in all human beings from an early age. One of my passions is advocating for the inclusion of all genders, races and ethnicities within every area of life; and especially for economic freedom which significantly increases the trajectory of any society. It is for this reason that my experience has spanned across areas like: education and curriculum development; to activism against gender-based violence; and most recently to Africa's economic development focusing on regional integration and its prospects of facilitating the African Continental Free Trade Area. With an educational background in Psychology, Sociology, Post-conflict Justice and International Relations, it is evident that at the heart of my previous work experience, educational and career pursuits, human dynamics take precedence. Indeed my biggest strength is my ability to connect with people and recognise their needs, and this is what informs my career pursuits.


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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

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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