2000 • Scholarship Recipients

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South African Women for Women are pleased to offer five scholarships in 2000.  Two for undergraduate study at the University of the Western Cape and three for graduate study at University of Cape Town and at UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership.

Nolusindiso Mhlauli receives her scholarship from Monica Hendricks of SAWW

Ronell Witbooi

Shelley Johnson

Sibongile Pefile

Ruth Lewin

The undergraduate winners are: Nolusindiso Mhlauli and Ronell Witbooi.

Ms Mhlauli entered her second year in a Bachelor's of Social Work program. Her intent is "to give care to the vulnerable people."  Her faculty advisor has told us that she is from a very poor background, but did not let that stop her from educating herself and helping others.  She feels that education is the key to success, but lacks the money to study.  As Ms Mhlauli said on her scholarship application: "I know if I am educated, I can fly higher and nothing can stop me."

Ms Witbooi entered her second year of a B.Sc. Program in Physiotherapy. She wants the chance to make a difference to a community in which health facilities are poor.  As the eldest of three children being supported by a single mother, Ms Witbooi needed a little financial support "to help me fulfill my dream."

The graduate students are: Shelley Johnson, Sibongile Pefile and Ruth Lewin.

Ms Johnson will be using her scholarship to begin her Ph.D. in Zoology.  She is just completing her Masters in Pollination Biology and Animal Physiology.  Her faculty advisor indicated that she could have a promising career in zoology. Read Ms Johnson's letter of appreciation by CLICKING HERE)

Ms. Pefile is a doctoral student in the Department of Pharmacology. Her work has involved researching the antiviral compounds used by traditional healers in the treatment of skin disorders.  She is highly regarded by traditional healers and has already made a significant contribution to the department and to policy development at the national level.

Ms Lewin is participating in an MBA program through Open University Business School in the UK and administered by the University of South Africa (UNISA) School of Business.  Her desire is to become a profession manager. She comes to us with glowing recommendations from her former employers: The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus for whom she worked as a Regional Manager of the Truth and Reconcilliation Commission, Ebrahim Rasool, Minister of Health and Social Services, Province of Western Cape for whom she was a Private Secretary and Trevor Manuel who worked with Ruth in 1990 when she co-ordinated the office providing administrative back-up to the ANC during the Groote Schuur talks.

The Board of South African Women for Women believes that in assisting these five women, we are fulfilling our mandate to help South Africa continue in the tradition of exceptional women.