Proudly SA: 6 Saffas who earned scholarships at Oxford University

Proudly SA: 6 Saffas who earned scholarships at Oxford University

South Africa is home to some very bright minds and dedicated students who want to achieve the highest honours in their chosen careers. Six of those students are heading to the prestigious Oxford University, waving the South African flag very high.

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South Africa can be very proud of six of its young students. They were chosen to study at Oxford University as part of the Rhodes Trust Scholarship.

This is a huge privilege and we're sure these students will make South Africa very proud in the future.

They will start studying in October of 2019, according to a report by IOL News.

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Without further ado, here are the six students heading abroad to study further:

Shamila Mpinga

Shamila is studying for her Masters in Law at the University of Cape Town and is a Mandela Rhodes Scholar. Her research is focused on the improvement of the implementation of environmental laws in South Africa’s mining industry using cooperative governance structures.

She monitors and takes notes of Parliamentary meetings in South Africa. She will explore how entrepreneurship in emerging markets could shape the economy and promote youth employment when she goes to Oxford.

The Mineral Law student is also a volunteer ambassador for Rise Against Hunger Africa.

Proudly SA: 6 Saffas who earned scholarships at Oxford University

Shamila Mpinga (Image Source: IOL News)
Source: UGC

Colin Besaans

Colin is a consultant with McKinsey & Company, currently based in Doha. He works on a broad range of topics from renewable energy to economic development. Colin is a Mandela Rhodes Scholar (2016) and graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BComm (Honours) in Economics (magna cum laude) and BComm in Economics and Law. He focused on how to better African development.

Colin represented SA at the World Schools and Universities Debating Championships respectively. He also served as the Deputy Director of the Thethani Debating League and National Chief Adjudicator for Schools Debating.

Nkahiseng Ralepeli

Nkahiseng Ralepeli is completing his LL.B at the University of the Free State. Nkahiseng has been involved in non-governmental organisations such as Corruption Watch and Debate Afrika using debating to not only educate the youth in South Africa but engage various social ills that plague South Africa however he can.

He has represented his institution at various debating tournaments including the Pan-African Championships and the Worlds University Debate Championships. An Abe Bailey Bursary recipient, Nkahiseng has always been incredibly interested in the transformation of African political theory and the establishment of various structures in the development and maintenance of African ‘infant’ democracies post civil wars.

Proudly SA: 6 Saffas who earned scholarships at Oxford University

Nkahiseng Ralepeli (Image Sourcec: IOL News)
Source: UGC

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Kieran Brown

Kieran graduated with a BA in Economics and English Language and Literature from the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa, in 2016. He completed his Honours in English Language and Literature in 2017, where he focused on Kafka studies and continental philosophy.

He then undertook a second Honours degree in Economics, which he will complete in 2018. Here, he focused on the points of contact between chartalism and theories of language. His primary intellectual interest lies at the intersections between Economics and literature. Kieran has participated in student outreach organisations at both a leadership and volunteer level.

Nabeela Kajee

Nabeela Kajee is a medical doctor who is passionate about creating an impact globally, at the intersection of Medicine and Education. She graduated from Stellenbosch University with her Medical Degree conferred Cum Laude, and was awarded the Dean’s Medal for being The Best Undergraduate Student of The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Nabeela completed medical electives at Oxford and Cornell University, and summer school at Utrecht University. She is currently concluding her medical internship at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town. Her writing has been published in academic journals on the topics of Medical Education, Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) and Medical Humanities.

Proudly SA: 6 Saffas who earned scholarships at Oxford University

Nabeela Kajee (Image Source: IOL News)
Source: UGC

Emily Wallace

Emily is a Wits University theoretical physics and astrophysics graduate, where she specialised in general relativity, gravitational waves and quantum field theory. With a childhood dream of becoming an astronaut, and a passion for science communication, she graduated with distinction as the top Science Faculty student.

Emily is committed to nurturing public interest in the advancement of space exploration, and fascinated by the intersection between science and the human experience. In her quest to promote scientific citizenry, she spent four years part-time at the Wits Planetarium and building the Wits Astronomy Club. She believes that women and minorities are highly under-represented in STEM and aims to make these spaces inclusive and transformative. Emily has a diverse range of interests, including theatre, music, fiction, gaming and politics.

Proudly SA: 6 Saffas who earned scholarships at Oxford University

Emily Wallace (Image Source: IOL News)
Source: UGC

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