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The Klaus-Jürgen Bathe Leadership Programme: 2018 Call for applications Now Open!

The Klaus-Jürgen Bathe Leadership Programme for UCT undergraduate students is now in its fourth year. Launched in November 2014 by the Vice-Chancellor, it is an initiative aimed at producing graduates with outstanding leadership qualities and a strong sense of social justice, who will go on to play leading and significant roles in business, government, industry and civil society in South Africa and on the African continent.

This UCT Programme is open to undergraduate students from all six Faculties of UCT.

We offer full-board scholarships for a period of 2 years. Selected scholars will receive support intended to cover tuition fees, accommodation and living expenses. They will be expected to take the normal courses of their degree programmes, plus two electives aimed at developing leadership skills. In the second year of the fellowship, scholars will spend 6 weeks attached to approved organizations in South Africa, Germany or the USA, gaining exposure to good leadership practices.

The 2018 Call for Applications is now open.

Deadline 31 August 2018. No late applications will be accepted.

Download application form from HERE.

KJB Induction Dinner – 21 February 2018

 “Your network is your power. Use it, nurture it, and pay it forward!” Nwabisa Mayema, KJB Guest Speaker and Founder of Nnfinity.

Traditionally, every year the Klaus-Jürgen Bathe (KJB) Leadership Programme hosts an Official Induction Dinner for new KJB Scholars at the beginning of the UCT Academic year.

This year, the event not only welcomed 14 new KJB Scholars into the 2018 programme, but was also an opportunity to connect the KJB alumni as far back as 2015 with the new cohort in order to share experience and network. Thus a record attendance of 64 invitees including key staff and luminaries from UCT community were present that evening!

The evening started off with pre-drinks hosted at the KJB Director, Prof. Zingoni’s, residence; thereafter a 3-course meal was enjoyed at Jonkershuis in Groot Constantia.

After a welcome address by both Prof Zingoni (Programme Director) and Prof. Bathe (Programme Founder), certificates were handed out to all the new scholars. The awardees are: Sinazo Brown (Commerce), Jean-Luc Ciapperelli (Humanities), Na’eem Davis (Commerce), Oriana Esau (Law), Nondumiso Goba (Law), Nelisa Khwela (Humanities), Denislav Marinov (Science), Woxonga Mathebula (Commerce), Napo Mochekoane (EBE), Zahraa Mohamed (Health Sciences), Tariromunashe Mufunda (EBE), Naledi Ramoabi (Law), Muhammed Razzak (EBE), Stephanie Roche (Health Sciences). Certificates were also awarded to graduates of the KJB programme.

The evening was punctuated with some food for thought by Guest speaker, Nwabisa Mayema, founder of Nnfinity, a support network for female entrepreneurs, where she focused on the value of the KJB network and the importance of connecting, sharing and nurturing the network.

“You, as this growing group of KJB Scholars, are now part of a powerful network. It is up to you to use this network, rely on one another; and it is on you to nurture it and live it out to its fullest potential. Use it, nurture it and pay it forward!”

Finally the evening was closed with a vote of thanks by Dr Russel Alley, Executive Director of the Development and Alumni Department.  He commended the KJB programme for attracting the most talented students from diverse cultural backgrounds and encouraged them to take the opportunity forward into the world.

UCT Honours Programme Director – 20 January 2017

Alphose Zingoni, Programme Director & Professor of Structural Engineering and Mechanics in the Department of Civil Engineering at UCT, was honoured with a Fellowship of the University of Cape Town at the University Graduation Ceremony of 20 December 2016. UCT Fellowships are awarded for original, distinguished academic work. For full story, see:

Induction Dinner – 17 February 2016

A dinner function held on 17 February at the Jonkershuis Restaurant in Constantia saw the induction of 10 new scholars into the Klaus-Jürgen Bathe Leadership Programme, bringing to 26 the total number of UCT undergraduate students now enrolled in the Programme. The new recipients were: Emma Green (Humanities), Fatima Docrat (Commerce), Tafadzwa Kwaramba (EBE), Natalie Mangondo (EBE), Naledi Masilo (Humanities), Kolosa Ntombini (Science), Ryan Prithraj (Humanities), Mathew Saunders (Commerce), Nkululeko Tsoketsi (Commerce) and Carla Wilby (EBE).

Hosted by the Programme Director, Prof. Alphose Zingoni, and the Programme Founder, Prof. Klaus-Jürgen Bathe, the induction dinner was attended by all 26 scholars, the Executive Director of the Department of Alumni and Development, Dr. Russell Ally, the Vice-Rector of Stellenbosch University, Prof. Arnold Schoonwinkel, as well as several other guests.

Guest speaker Mr. Simon Mantell, founder of the premium biscuit brand, Mantelli’s,  challenged the scholars to seize opportunities and make a difference in transforming the fortunes of the country. The new scholars were each presented with a certificate and a copy of Prof. Bathe’s book “To Enrich Life”. It was a lively evening as the scholars shared their experiences and pledged their commitment to helping the country and the continent towards a more prosperous future.

Inaugural Dinner - 19 February 2015

A dinner to inaugurate the 16 new scholars of the Klaus-Jürgen Bathe Leadership Programme was held at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands on 19 February 2015. The event was hosted by the the Programme Donor, Professor Klaus-Jürgen Bathe of Massachusetts, USA, and the Programme Director, Professor Alphose Zingoni of the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment at the University of Cape Town. Read the full article.


Programme Launch - 20 November 2014
On 20 November 2014, Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price awarded certificates to 16 recipients of scholarships of the Bathe Leadership Programme, established at UCT in March 2014 through the first part of a grant by Professor Klaus-Jürgen Bathe of Massachusetts (USA). Read the full article.

Back row: Gifton Lamola (Commerce), Matthias Schulz (EBE), Ryan Hudson (EBE), Amy Booth (Health Sciences), Jacqualine van Zyl (Humanities), Thembelihle Zulu (Commerce), Namhla Mabombo (EBE), Mogamat Salie (Humanities), Irfan Habib (Science); Front row: Nozipo Gwaza (EBE), Felicity Seragie (Programme Administrator), Ziyanda Kebeni (Science), Keabetswe Skee (EBE), Prof Alphose Zingoni (Programme Director), Dr Max Price (Vice-Chancellor), Dr Russell Ally (Executive Director of the Department of Alumni and Development), Ruqaya Gabier (Health Sciences), Nhlonipho Khanye (Commerce), Kamohelo Mabogwane (Humanities), Morategi Kale (Humanities).