The University of Venda local and international students participated in leading like Mandela leadership workshop that took place at the University of Johannesburg between 10 and 15 December 2017. Ten students were selected from different schools to attend the workshop and they were accommodated at the Sophiatown residence for the period. The workshop consisted of university students from Venda, Johannesburg, Witwatersrand, Potchefstroom and Sol Plaatje Universities. The programme was facilitated by Thembekile Mandela Foundation.

Participants says “Amandla, awethu!”

The workshop comprised of talks on various aspect of leadership insights of Nelson Mandela in the morning, visits to various important sites such as the Nelson Mandela home in Soweto, the Hector Peterson Museum and other places in the afternoon and fireside discussion on insight to Mandela leadership perspective, sacrifices, knowing thyself, values, beliefs, key characters traits, competences, strengths and weaknesses as well as key actions, behaviors and traits for proper leadership in the evening of each day. One of the facilitators, Ms. Ndileka Mandela said “since we are affected by the environment around us, we are able to bring the needed change for a brighter and sustainable future to those around us.”

Participants were grateful for being selected to be part of the workshop and they promised to put into practice what they have learnt from the workshop in their future endeavours. They reiterated that a great leader should be approachable, humble, dedicated, accountable, transparent, dedicated and committed among other things. The Directorate of International Relations coordinated the programme for the University through the support of the Academic Liaison Committee funding.

Issued by:
Department of Communications & Marketing
University of Venda, Tel: (015) 962 8525
Date: 25 January 2017

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