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Klaus-Jürgen Bathe Leadership Bootcamp (2019)

12 October 2019

KJB BOOTCAMP 2019 | Highlights of the Leadership Bootcamp this past weekend:

"Potentially the best leadership boot camp I've been to. Really helped me get that vigour back!"

"So, so helpful! You really harnessed the leadership in the room, built on it and gave it time to flourish!"

"Thank you! Vulnerability is an important thing to consider for leadership and people. Maybe more team exercises?"

"Your energy/ies and smiles made us receptive to what you both had to teach us. Thank you for your time today!"

KJB Scholars were taken through a journey to explore who they are as leaders, and then workshopped what leadership looks like in the future using popular culture such as K Pop and Master Chef. Using D-thinking tools, teams also came up with ways to leverage social media for impactful leadership messaging. 

#AfricaAnswers #KJBLeadership #KJBLeadershipBootcamp

SEMC 2019, a success

1-4 September

Programme Director, Prof. Alphose Zingoni, recently hosted the Seventh International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation (SEMC 2019). This event took place in Cape Town from 1 to 4 September 2019, and was attended by more than 400 delegates from 62 countries worldwide. Programme Founder, Prof. Klaus-Jürgen Bathe, attended as one of the five keynote speakers of the Conference (the others being from the UK, China, Australia & Germany). Eight KJB scholars joined the Conference Welcome Reception in the Leslie Social Sciences Building on Sunday 1 September, and had the opportunity to listen to the keynote lecture of Prof. Bathe, which was scheduled for that same afternoon.

KJB Scholars pose with Programme Director, Prof. Zingoni and Programme Founder, Prof. Klaus-Jürgen Bathe at the SEMC2019 Welcome Reception at the University of Cape Town.

Image: (L-R) Mapulane Makhaba, Zahraa Mohamed (at back), Tariromunashe Mufunde, Nelisa Khwela, Joshua Mukurazhizha (back), Prof. Alphose Zingoni (KJBLP Director and SEMC Conference Chair), Prof. Klaus-Jürgen Bathe (KJBLP Founder), Peace Francis, Alistair White, Tammy Matose (KJBL Programme Administrator). 

INSUBORDINATE LEADERSHIP, lecture by Pregs Govender

1 August 2019

UCT's Klaus-Jürgen Bathe Leadership (KJB) Programme in collaboration with UCT's Poverty & Inequality Initiative invites you to its 2019 Inaugural Leadership Lecture on 1 August, to open women's month.

On the eve of women’s month in South Africa, Govender (feminist, human rights activist and former MP) focused on transformational leadership in an age of reductive advertising hype and government speeches. Govender asserts that the high level of GBV demands an urgent transformation of SA s patriarchal, racist, sexist and capitalist society. 

The Klaus-Jürgen Bathe (KJB) Leadership Programme Lecture seeks to connect South Africa’s foremost critical thinkers with the UCT community and the broader public. The KJB Programme was established at UCT in March 2014, through a gift donated by Professor Klaus-Jürgen Bathe, who graduated from UCT as an engineer in 1967 and is an award-winning researcher and teacher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The primary goal of the Programme is to produce 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.

KJB Induction Dinner

21 February 2019

On the 22 February 2019, the Klaus- Jürgen Bathe Leadership Programme held their annual induction dinner at Kelvin Grove to welcome the new 2019 KJB scholar cohort.  

This year an exciting line up was arranged including live music by the Musos (Led by KJB Scholar, Napo Mochekoane), talk by Guest Speaker Gladys Mawoneke and scholar gifts and certificate ceremony.


The event was opened by Programme Director Prof. Alphose Zingoni, followed by a welcome message by the Programme Founder, Prof. Klaus-Jürgen Bathe who expressed his love for South Africa and the importance of growing strong leadership on the continent. Thereafter, the 10 new scholars were awarded their certificates. 

Following a lavish dinner buffet, guest speaker Gladys Mawoneke, CEO and Founder of Breva Fine Malt Beverages, spoke about the importance of education and warned us about the “Nhunzi Effect” – a notion that underpins procrastination. Thereafter, one of our 2018 KJB scholars, Denislav Marinov shared with us his entrepreneurial endeavours into 3D printing and thanked the KJB programme for its support in his leadership journey. 

The evening ended with a vote of thanks from Director of Development and Alumni Department (DAD), Dr Russell Ally, who lauded the programme for its generosity and future-oriented vision.

Leaders must resist the nhunzi


You sit down at your desk to study. A short while later, a fly – a nhunzi – begins buzzing, distracting you. You decide you’ll dedicate just a few minutes to catching the fly so that you can continue working in peace. The few minutes go by, and then an hour. Before you know it, three hours have passed and you are no closer to killing the nhunzi.

The ability to resist that nhunzi effect (the Shona word for fly) is what sets leaders apart, according to Gladys Mawoneke, guest speaker at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Klaus-Jürgen Bathe (KJB) Leadership Programme induction dinner on Friday, 23 February.

The event was held to welcome the 2019 cohort, acknowledge the programme’s recent graduates, and to celebrate the programme having funded a total of 50 students.

Read more on UCT news here 


Klaus-Jürgen Bathe Leadership Bootcamp (2018)

27-29 July 2018

"After the workshops I feel that I have learned how to become more self-aware, to listen more attentively, and how to work towards becoming the social change agent that I aspire to be". Nelisa Khwela (KJB Scholar 2018)

On the weekend of the 27, 28, 29 July, Klaus-Jürgen Bathe Leadership Programme, together with the Social Enterprise Academy, hosted a 3-Day Bootcamp entitled “Self-Leadership for Active Citizens” for all KJB Scholars (past and present).

Objectives of the Bootcamp:

  • To strengthen your approach to leading and inspiring those around you
  • To gain greater clarity and focus as a leader to help you drive social change
  • To identify your personal leadership style and how your style impacts others
  • To develop awareness and the capacity to listen deeply

This platform, hosted within the Hlanganani Junction within UCT Main Library, enabled scholars to carve out space to get to know one another and reflect on their leadership journeys. Expert facilitators channelled the energy and discussions to form a rich tapestry of leadership enquiry and personal development. 

"I enjoyed the group feedback sessions, and how the space was opened up and a comfortable one to share in any way possible. This allowed us all to be comfortable and to also be vulnerable with each other and communicate, not just our leadership successes, but our fears as well. Getting to share and interact and learn from my fellow peers was the best part of the boot camp for me" Nondumiso Goba (KJB 2018 Scholar).


KJB Scholar Reflections over the years

Jacqualine van Zyl (KJB Scholar 2015) , graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science, majoring in International Relations and Gender Studies, stated:

 “I have been involved with the Klaus-Jürgen Bathe Leadership Programme for two years now, and it’s been great for networking outside of the university but also with my peers.”

Namhla Mabombo (KJB Scholar 2015), graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Engineering) in Mechatronics, shared her thoughts:

“End of 2015, I feared I wouldn't be able to continue with my studies because I didn't have funding and my parents were starting to feel the strain of having to pay. Then I got the scholarship…but the vision is bigger than that, and is to grow us as leaders”

Irfan Habib (KJB Scholar 2015), graduated with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Astrophysics, Physics and Applied Mathematics, explained:

“The hallmark of my experience is the people. We all got on so well. They are not looking for leaders, they are looking for people who will one day become leaders. For me that just resonated with me because I feel I still have a lot of room to grow.”

Alumni want to now give back to communities:

Inspired by the scholarship experience, Mogamat Salie (KJB Scholar 2015), wants to one day give back to his own community of Athlone, by providing similar financial and leadership support to youth.

Irfan Habib will be continuing his studies at Wits University, and hopes to move into Research and Development in renewable energies and space propulsion. He also hopes to gain experience overseas and learn skills to bring back to South Africa that will ‘propel’ South Africa forward.

Namhla Mabombo states that coming from a previously disadvantaged background, she wishes to inspire, motivate and encourage other disadvantaged learners to go to university, showing them, she says that: “If I can do it, they can also.” 

KJB Leadership Internship experience:

As part of the KJB programme activities, scholars are required to take part in a 4-6 week internship experience to learn about leadership in a corporate, NGO or government environment. The main aim of the internship is to enhance the scholar’s leadership experience and awareness of critical real world issues.

Mabombo, however, not only grew her leadership competencies and skills, but was also successful in getting at job at the host organisation after graduation:

“So in those 5 weeks, I got to know the right people, and they saw that I was really interested in working with them, and I applied for a job and I got it. If I had not spent those 5 weeks, I wouldn't have known what they are about and I wouldn't have applied for a job there.”

KJB Leadership electives and activities:

In addition to the scholar’s normal academic load, the KJB scholarship requires students to take on an additional two leadership electives offered by various faculties of the University of Cape Town. Scholars are able to thus learn about key global issues outside of their normal degree curriculum. Van Zyl described the impact that these electives have had on her own leadership journey:

“One of the electives that I did through the Klaus- Jürgen Bathe Scholarship, was the Global Citizenship Programme, and through that I ran an intervention on campus where we did a campaign on ‘Bring Back our Girls’, and afterwards in my third year, I went back as a facilitator at the Global Citizenship Programme.”

Other activities offered by the scholarship includes networking dinners, leadership workshops such as ‘Meet Ups’ and community service engagements.

Advice to prospective KJB scholars from alumni:

Habib says: “To prospective KJB students - when you get in, because everyone can get in, as long as you stay true to yourself. Make the most of it.”

Salie described how his friends found the application process to be quite intimidating, but offers encouraging words of advice: “Apply! The advert is a little bit scary. Just apply. If you are lucky enough to be a KJB Scholar, Get involved and grab it with both hands.’

Keabetswe Bonolo Skee (KJB Scholar 2015), describes how the scholarship encourages personal growth: “This scholarship doesn’t throw things at you, it requires you to come out and do things for yourself, so get involved. The people in KJB are very willing to help, whatever idea you have.”

Parting message:

Skee sagely summarises her experience in the form of insightful message to others:

“Let it be your own journey, try to map it out and everyone in the programme will be willing to help you.”


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).