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Tatenda Gwaambuka

Zimbabwe & University of Cape Town, 2020

Tatenda is a registered legal practitioner of the High Court of Zimbabwe who practised at MawereSibanda Commercial Lawyers. His main areas of interest are infrastructure project financing, corporate advisory, and tax law. He is part of the team that drafted the Dentons Global - Zimbabwean Tax Law Guide and has contributed to several legal due diligence reports for potential investors in Zimbabwe. In addition to his legal work, Tatenda is an Opinion-piece Writer for the African Exponent and the Ghanaian American Journal, pan-African publications with a focus on African socio-economic development. His articles have appeared in various outlets including The Zimbabwean, The Herald, Okay Africa and The Southern Times. To augment his writing, he has spoken on opinion shows for South Africa's Power 98.7 FM and Zimbabwe's Capitalk FM. In 2018, Tatenda joined the Diezie Sahn film production start-up as a Script Editor. The company has several imminent Afrocentric film project releases. Tatenda holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Degree from the University of Zimbabwe and is an LLM in Tax Law Candidate at the University of Cape Town.


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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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