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Ntebogang Segone

South Africa & University of Cape Town, 2021

Ntebogang Segone holds an honours degree in Public Policy and Administration, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, Politics & Governance from the University of Cape Town. He is an ambitious and energetic individual who enjoys challenging himself and is fascinated with the idea of growing to become a high impact and socially responsible leader in South Africa through implementing innovative solutions to the challenges the country currently faces. Much of his life has been driven by his innate desire to always be of service to others. This passion for leadership and service has shaped not only the initiatives that he has been involved in but the degrees that he pursued. Ntebogang served as the Transformation & Social Responsiveness Chair of the 2016 Student Representative Council (SRC) at the University of Cape Town, co-chair of the university’s institutional forum, and member of the Student Parliament. Prior to this was his induction as the ambassador of the Northern Cape Province representing Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and the Department of Social Development in 2013. Due to his active and consistent work in community development, Ntebogang has had the privilege of being part of the 2017 Global Leadership Program in Poland and Germany and also part of the 2018 African Leader University Exchange Program in the United States of America. Ntebogang is the Founder of YourCareerPlug, an initiative that uses social media as a powerful tool to create meaningful and impactful content aimed at empowering young people as they navigate their careers. He runs Instagram live conversations(handle:@yourcareerplug) with career coaches, career consultants, HR professionals in corporate SA, young and experienced professionals where they have conversations around career development. Ntebogang is currently pursuing his Master of Commerce in Risk Management of Financial Markets at the University of Cape Town.

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