Three Pretoria students get prestigious Mandela Rhodes scholarship

Linus Ndambuki, Natasha Ashley and Mosibudi Rasethaba. Photo: supplied

Gopolang Chawane

Three students from the University of Pretoria were selected to be part of the group of students receiving the prestigious Mandela Rhodes scholarship announced at the Mandela Rhodes Foundation in November.

Natasha Ashley, Linus Ndambuki and Mosibudi Rasethaba are among those selected to be part of this elite group of students who will make up the Rhodes scholars class of 2016.

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation recently announced the names of the 12th cohort of Mandela Rhodes scholars, who will make up the ‘Class of 2016’.

From more than 5 500 applications received from across the African continent, only 50 new scholars were selected at the final interviews in Johannesburg and Cape Town in November last year.

This brings the total number of scholarships awarded since the programme’s inception in 2004 to 325.

The central purpose of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation scholarship was to build exceptional leadership in Africa. During their time as Mandela Rhodes scholars, participants pursue postgraduate studies and participate in customised leadership development programmes.

After completing her honours in business management with distinction last year, Natasha Ashley plans to use the scholarship to complete her master’s degree in business management this year.

Ashley said she hopes that the lessons and skills she will be exposed to through the programme would be useful in effecting positive change in her community.

“I am blessed to be given an opportunity to further my education and grow as a leader through exposure to my fellow Mandela Rhodes scholars from across the African continent,” she said.

Linus Ndambuki after completing his BSc actuarial and financial mathematics degree said this year he planned to continue with his honours degree in the same field.

Ndambuki said he looked forward to working with scholars who are as passionate about Africa as he is and also want to contribute towards making Africa a better place for all.

“This is a great opportunity for me to grow as a leader, both through the training programme offered by the foundation, and through the interactions and networks that I will establish with other scholars during the year,” Mosibudi Rasethaba said

Rasethaba completed his BA psychology degree in 2015 and plans to continue with his honors degree this year. He has a particular interest in community psychology and counselling, as well as in leadership development, and would like to further his studies in this field on completion of his honors degree. He hopes to make a positive contribution to his community through the skills he will acquire as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar.

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