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Sister Kashala

Namibia & University of Cape Town, 2020

Sister is reading for an MPhil in Law. She started her primary school at Tobias Hainyeko, a small school in the Okuryangava informal settlement in Namibia. Today, she holds a BSc in Construction Studies, BSc Honours in Quantity Surveying and currently completing her Msc in Property Studies at the University of Cape Town.

Sister has a passion for uplifting young people in rural areas and is the founder of Tekula which means, “to nurture” in her native language, Oshiwambo. Tekula strives to bridge the gap of access to opportunities between urban and rural communities, which is done through promoting mentorship programs, motivational events and prize-giving ceremonies in rural communities.

Sister is also passionate about housing and spatial justice, which was the main driving factor in applying for an MPhil in law. She hopes to find the balance between the redevelopment of dilapidated buildings and justice for illegal occupants. As a Construction and Property Professional, she believes that studying law will add real value to her professional development which will make her a well-rounded professional especially in her pursuit for spatial and housing justice.

In 2019, she received the Engineering and Built Environment Special Faculty Award and was also selected as a Mandela Washington Fellow, a flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative. She followed the Business Track and spent six-weeks at the Clark Atlanta University. Outside academia, Sister loves to travel and this led her to opening Lazilia Travels, a travel business.

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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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