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Thabani Mtsi

South Africa & Stellenbosch University, 2020

Thabani is reading for a Masters in Civil Engineering. Thabani is a descendant of uJojo, uZikhali, uTiyeka ubutsolo beentonga uQocwa. He is primarily a student of life and believes that the highest calling for each one is to use their God-given gifts and abilities to serve others. Thabani's life mission, through co-creation, is to unearth Africa’s moral and intellectual novelties which revolve around Ubuntu and selfless service.

His ability to lead has been displayed in his service as a Cluster Convener, a member on the Institutional Transformation Committee, as Community Engagement and Learning Officer at TEDxStellenbosch and as Rotaract Vice President. His passion for community engagement gained him a Rector’s Award for Service and his sagacity earned him another one for Leadership.

Thabani is a jack of all trades. He is a poet, radio DJ, a Master of Ceremonies, a singer, a writer and a speaker. These creative avenues enhance his civil engineering—allowing him to employ human-centred design and collaborative methods to problem solving. His undergraduate research project was named the best in South Africa by the South African Institute of Civil Engineering for 2018/2019. For his Masters, he is in collaboration with the minibus taxi industry, co-creating solutions to improve the customer experience.


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