2020 leadership information session held


The Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) Information Session was held at Botshabelo Public Library on Wednesday, 18 September 2019. The aim of the session was to introduce the Mandela Washington Fellowship Programme to young people in Botshabelo.

Maphuti Mahlaba, MWF, Free State and North West media advisory, told Bloemfontein Courant that applications are now open for the Mandela Washington Fellowship Programme. Over the years, the United States Embassy and Consulate in South Africa have sent almost 300 young people to the USA for intensive training in civic leadership, public management and business through the Mandela Washington Fellowship.

“This year we are back again to start the search for the next cohort of innovative, accomplished young leaders who want to make a positive impact in their communities throughout South Africa and across the continent.

Our Mandela Washington fellowship has leveraged the six- week academic and leadership training at the United States universities to achieve amazing success over the past five years. Many of today’s young people in South Africa have some connection to the Mandela Washington Fellowship, the Young African Leader’s Initiative (Y.A.L.I) or one of our other exchange programmes,” said Mahlaba.

“Our fellows fall into one of the three tracks: business and entrepreneurship; civic leadership and public management, and will engage with young leaders from across the African continent. Fellows will also participate in a six-week professional development experience with an American NGO, company or government office.

“The applicants should be young people between the ages of 18 and 35, South African citizens and must be able to speak and write proficient English. They should also be a person who demonstrates commitment to public or community service, voluntarism or mentorship and we don’t discriminate against people based on race, colour and socioeconomic status,” she added.

The closing date for applications is 9 October 2019. For more information, email MahlabaMM@state.gov or visit the Bloemfontein Library.

Lebakeng Nkabi