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Rimbilana Shingange

South Africa & University of Pretoria, 2020

Carl Jung once said that criticism has the power to do good when there is something that must be reduced, dissolved or destroyed, but it is capable only of harm when there is something to be built. Rimbilana strongly believes in the power of criticism and its role in introspection and development. She believes that in order to lead, one must introspect. In order to introspect, one must be honest with themselves and those around them. Leadership, entrepreneurship and reconciliation are cardinal pillars in her life and she aims to embody them daily. She also strongly believes in the power of animals and agriculture as a means of revolution: a method of self-actualisation that, if implemented with equity, fairness and with humanity, will ensure the economic and social emancipation of thousands. She hopes to lead this revolution with support from her family, friends, mentors, the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation and most recently, the Mandela Rhodes Foundation.


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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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