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Thokozani Mwase

Malawi & Stellenbosch University, 2022

Thokozani Mwase is a Medical Doctor who is pursuing a Master of Medicine in Internal Medicine at Stellenbosch University. Thokozani envisions a healthy Africa where everyone has access to quality healthcare. Further to this, she intends to become an internist that leads specialist outreach programs so that every Malawian has access to timely specialist care.

She is passionate about bringing about change to Malawi’s healthcare system, not only at the bedside but also at the policy level. Thokozani is an exceptional leader who is committed to helping people. Not only did she volunteer to help alleviate increased pressure on public healthcare provision at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, she went on to lead the establishment of a COVID-19 unit at one of Malawi’s biggest hospitals.

In her downtime, she works with her family on charity projects in her home village and runs community clinics there. She is a sociable individual who also enjoys safaris, TED Talks and African literature.

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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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