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Tatenda Kaponda

Zimbabwe & University of Cape Town, 2020

Tatenda is reading for an Honours-level programme in Social Policy and Management. He is passionate about creating a world that is safe and has opportunities for children to realise their potential through the use of Law and Policy. Tatenda is a Golden Key Honour Society member and completed his MPhil in Human Rights Law as a Canon Collins Educational and Legal Assistance Trust scholar in 2019.

Tatenda has assumed several student leadership positions over the course of his studies and he received a community service award from his university residence for his work. He is an ardent supporter of the philosophy of servant leadership and believes in its potential to transform society. He has worked at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, ChildSafe South Africa, and The Justice Desk as an intern. He plans on starting a non-governmental organisation in the near future which focuses on human rights education and rural development in Zimbabwe. Together with a colleague, he is currently working towards a project aimed at improving mental health literacy in South Africa.

Outside of academics, Tatenda enjoys strumming his guitar, reading, running marathons, and spending time with family and friends.

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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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