Two Kovsies named in Mandela Rhodes Scholar class of 2017

Lindokuhle Ntuli is one of the two Kovsies named in Mandela Rhodes Scholar class of 2017. File Photo: Mark Steenbok

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation announced the selection of the 13th group of Mandela Rhodes Scholars on Friday.

Two students from the University of the Free State (UFS) made the cut for the foundation’s prestigious class of 2017.

Former UFS SRC President, Lindokuhle Ntuli, and Tumelo Lekhanya were selected at the final interviews in Johannesburg and Cape Town in October, bringing the total number of Mandela Rhodes Scholarships awarded to 377 since the programme was launched in 2005.

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It is expected that up to 80 Mandela Rhodes Scholars will be in residence in 2017 – a record number, the foundation has said.

During their time in residence, Mandela Rhodes Scholars pursue postgraduate studies and participate in customised leadership development programmes.

Details on the Mandela Rhodes Scholarships programme may be found at

Details of the new scholars, including their countries of origin, institutions and proposed study to be undertaken can be found below:

Mandela Rhodes Scholars Class of 2017

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