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Rushwaya Rudorwashe

Zimbabwe & University of Cape Town, 2023

Rudorwashe Rushwaya holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree from the University of Cape Town where she majored in Law and Sociology. As a Mandela Rhodes Scholar, she will be pursuing an LLM from the University of Cape Town.

Rudorwashe is passionate about the law and all the positive change that can be realised through it. She is also interested in gender equality and in particular the advancement of access to education for girls throughout the continent.

During her course of studies at UCT Rudorwashe has had the honour of serving her various communities through acting as a residence mentor, faculty mentor, residence sub warden, tutor as well as as the community engagement convenor for the University of Cape Town’s Mountain & Ski Club.

Rudorwashe hopes to use the skills and knowledge she attains through her education to help others also gain access to and to develop a passion for education regardless of their chosen field of study.

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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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