2015 Yenching Scholars
Thuthukile Mbanjwais

Thuthukile Mbanjwais

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Thuthukile Mbanjwais studied civil engineering and infrastructure management at the University of Cape Town. She gained practical experience in her field, researching the deterioration mechanisms of infrastructure, and by looking at the sustainability of engineering solutions. Her previous work has been applied to infrastructural solutions in South Africa. Thuthu’s interest lies in the lessons developing African countries can learn from China.

Sihle Nontshokweni

Sihle Nontshokweni

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Sihle Nontshokweni is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and the founder of the NGO Value Added Today for Tomorrow, and the SMME Three-legged-Pot. In 2014, she was selected as 1 of 15 youth leaders for the prestigious South African Washington International Program, and was the recipient of the inaugural Thembi Losi Leadership and Legacy Award. Sihle was also selected for the Pepeta Women Zimbabwe program and was chosen to represent South Africa in the Euro-BRICS young leaders' summit held in Helsinki, Finland. She has worked as a researcher for Democracy in Africa Research Unit and plans to pursue a DPhil in Education Entrepreneurship upon completing her studies at the Yenching Academy.