Lo­cal fel­low headed to the U.S. for pro­gramme

The Witness - - NEWS - VIN­CENT MADLOPHA

PI­ETER­MAR­ITZBURG’S Sandile Dlamini (30) will be rep­re­sent­ing the coun­try in this year’s Man­dela Wash­ing­ton Fel­low­ship pro­gramme in the U.S.

Dlamini, who will jet off to Mi­ami, Florida, later this month, will en­rol for a public man­age­ment course at the Florida In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity.

The Hay­fields res­i­dent was se­lected along­side three other fel­lows from KZN who will form part of the 700 fel­lows from around Africa who will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pro­gramme.

A to­tal 45 of the 700 par­tic­i­pants are from South Africa.

The Man­dela Wash­ing­ton Fel­low­ship is a legacy of the for­mer U.S. pres­i­dent Barack Obama. Obama es­tab­lished the fel­low­ship in an at­tempt to cre­ate well ca­pac­i­tated lead­ers across Africa able to make qual­ity de­ci­sions.

Dlamini said he ap­plied on­line for the pro­gramme last Septem­ber and was in­ter­viewed in Jan­uary.

“At the semi-fi­nal stage I was in­ter­viewed by an ex­pe­ri­enced se­lec­tion panel at the United States Em­bassy and Con­sulate in Dur­ban.

“I was de­lighted to re­ceive a let­ter from the U.S. Em­bassy say­ing that I had been suc­cess­ful and I was now one of the 45 lead­ers to rep­re­sent the coun­try in the U.S.,” he said.

There are three topics from which fel­lows choose: Busi­ness and En­trepreneur­ship, Public Man­age­ment and Civil So­ci­ety.

“I chose Public Man­age­ment as it cov­ers a di­verse range of topics from en­vi­ron­men­tal to so­cial is­sues,” said Dlamini.

Dlamini said this is not the first time he had landed an op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent South Africa.

In 2008, Dlamini was se­lected for a course, Stu­dent in Free En­ter­prise, in Sun­tec City, Sin­ga­pore, but could not at­tend be­cause of lack of spon­sor­ship.

“I was se­lected again [for the same course] in 2009 to rep­re­sent South Africa in Berlin, Ger­many,” said Dlamini.

Dlamini is leav­ing for Mi­ami on June 18 and will spend five weeks at the Florida In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity. He will then go to Wash­ing­ton for a week to par­tic­i­pate in strate­gic high-level panel dis­cus­sions.

Dlamini said he was happy as this was a once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity for him.

“Be­ing se­lected for this unique ex­pe­ri­ence has given me con­fi­dence that the po­ten­tial and tri­umphs of the young South Africans are be­ing no­ticed across the world.

“I am hop­ing to make a last­ing im­pact and to come back a more rounded leader with ad­vanced ideas in public man­age­ment,” he said.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Sandile Dlamini, who is one of the Man­dela Wash­ing­ton fel­lows for 2018 and is off to the U.S.

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