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UP Master’s student selected as recipient of 2023 Abe Bailey Travel Bursary

Based off of her exceptional leadership qualities and community service, Zeenat Patel, who is currently doing her master’s in environmental science, was selected for the bursary which allows her the opportunity to travel to the UK with the aim of cultivating future global leaders and supporting South African students with exceptional leadership qualities.

The selection process included 16 applicants from various universities in South Africa and included in- person interviews with a selection committee, which consisted of high ranking officials in the university. The selection committee then recommended three students to the Abe Bailey trustees for additional evaluation.

The tour is set to start with the group spending a few days in Cape Town, from 28 November to 2 December, when they will depart for London.

“The Abe Bailey Travel Bursary is an opportunity to make my voice heard and is a platform on which to challenge myself in an international setting,” says Patel.

Final- Year UP law student recognised with the Ten Outstanding Young Persons prize

Dimakatso Lekola, a final- year LLB student, received the TOYP prize in the humanitarian and leadership category by Junior Chamber International (JCI).

The JCI is a global non-profit that aims to empower youth in their communities. Every year, ten people under the age of 40 are recognised to have exhibited the JCI’s ethos through their outstanding contributions to community service, business and entrepreneurship, personal growth, and intercultural understanding.

It was through his work as the founder and CEO of the DK Lekola Global Education Institute which specialises in educational services, that earned Lekola the award.

“The organisation hopes to develop the best economic front- liners through a blended education system in high schools and tertiary institutions that enables learners and students to stand out,” he explained.

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