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Reginald Nyakonda

Zimbabwe & University of Cape Town, 2022

Reginald Nyakonda is an Electrical Engineering graduate from the University of Cape Town. During his undergraduate career at UCT, he was a departmental class representative and a recipient of the competitive Klaus Jurgen Bathe Leadership Scholarship where his leadership qualities were nurtured.

In addition, he was involved in the Global Citizens Programme where he feels he became more aware of his voice in the world as a change maker. As a future leader, Reginald looks for ways in which he can make a difference in society and the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted one area that needs a lot of work - affordable and equitable healthcare. He wants to combine his childhood dream of being involved in the medical industry with his current undergraduate qualifications and the intrapersonal skills he has acquired throughout his life to help solve the issue of equitable healthcare. His vision is to be involved in research and development of novel medical devices that are effective but most importantly, devices that are accessible to the citizens of his home, Africa.

In his spare time, Reginald enjoys playing rugby and represented his province at under-17 and under-19 levels. He also represented his province in the under-17 Shotput. He also enjoys road trips and photography

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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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