Young Leaders Bursaries 2016 2017

Are you dedicated to improving your life, assist in the development of your community and eager to study further? Do you have passion, talent and a drive to become more than is expected?

The Dell Foundation offers such gifted individuals, the opportunity to complete their studies via their Young Leaders Bursary fund. They offer candidates a variety of fields and do not hold candidates back upon graduation, thus candidates may apply for work at any company after completion of their studies.

The Young Leaders bursaries programs are usually for an amount of up to R150 000. They seek candidates who shows extraordinary talents, who seek financial aid to complete their studies. Their program ensures equality, building the future of South Africa with gifted leaders.

Their program not only provides selected candidates with the means to complete their studies, but also gives them mentorship, resources and support to make it all the way. With their program they aim to not only ensure more talented candidates get to graduate, but also to ensure these candidates enter the workforce prepared. To develop sustainability within all communities and fulfil the needs within scarce skills.

Young Leaders Bursaries Available

The Dell Young Leaders program provides a 100 talented candidates the opportunity to study within a variety of fields each year. These candidates can study at the University of Pretoria or Cape Town.

Fields of study included in this bursary program falls under numerous sectors:

  • Engineering
  • Business
  • Construction
  • Accounting
  • Medical
  • Technology
  • Law
  • Education
  • Computer Science

Candidates who receive these academic bursaries will also be given psychosocial support. They will receive all-inclusive work readiness preparation, thus ensuring they are capable of continuing their careers against any and all odds. The expectations of successful candidates are high and students are pushed to prove their desire to make a difference and rise above all diversity.

Young Leaders Bursary Requirements

Candidates wanting to apply for a bursary with this company will have to meet the basic requirements. Depending on the field of study there may be additional stipulations, however, these will be discussed with candidates through the various Universities.

Basic requirements needed are as follow:

  • Applicants must have a valid ID document
  • Applicants must be currently studying at the university of Cape Town or the University of Pretoria
  • Applicants must be in their first year of study within the field of application
  • Applicants must be in need of financial assistance
  • Candidates must show great leadership skills

All the selected candidates are those who have overcome great odds, grown and fought their way to the top. They candidates are motivated, committed and eager to improve their living conditions, to overcome all obstacles. They are talented individuals who have passion and drive for life.

Young Leaders Bursary Application

Young Leaders bursaries applications online is made available through the Dell Foundation offices at the selected Universities. This program invites talented candidates that are in need of financial assistance and in their first year of study, who would like to complete their studies and become a skilled professional to apply.

Candidates interested in this bursary program may contact the Dell Foundation offices at the following Universities.

University of Pretoria


Tel: 012 420 4874

University of Cape Town


Tel: 021 650 4147

Candidates can also have a look on their website for any additional information forstudents or the young leaders program.

Young Leaders Bursaries: Closing Date

There is currently no stipulated closing date for bursaries provided by this company. Interested individuals that adhere to the minimum requirements, are invited to apply for the latest bursaries and prepare for their future. If you are committed, hardworking and a gifted student, then you deserve the opportunity to try.

The young leader’s bursary program provided by the Dell Foundation, aims at aiding in the development of skilled workers and the growth of South Africa’s economy. This program has already assisted more than 350 gifted candidates with bursaries. Each year’s candidates are setting higher expectations for the following generation to embrace.

Successful candidates are placed within top corporations, many of these are also given the opportunity to further improve on their knowledge and skills. Becoming prominent professionals within their fields. If you are ready for a lifetime of stability and success, then this company may just be what you were seeking.

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South Africa tops leading tourism ranking

Pretoria – South Africa has been ranked first in Sub-Saharan Africa on the biennial World Economic Forum Travel’s global Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) 2015 released in Geneva, Switzerland.

Snatching the zenith from Seychelles in the Sub-Saharan Africa category, South Africa was ranked at number 48 globally, while the archipelago of islands was second in the region and followed at a somewhat distant 54 on the world stage.

Seychelles topped the regional rankings in the 2013 report and was at 38 globally, when South Africa held positions 3 and 64.

Mauritius was placed third in the region this year, followed by Namibia, Kenya, Cape Verde, Botswana, Tanzania, Rwanda and Zambia respectively as the Sub-Saharan top ten of 2015.

On the global front, Spain was ranked at the apex, followed by France and then Germany.

Other traditional travel and tourism destinations – the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Australia, Italy, Japan and Canada – made up the rest of the global top ten.

Compared with other Brics countries, South Africa (at 48 globally) was rated better only than New Delhi. Brazil was ranked 28, Russia 45, India 52 and China was at an enviable 17 on the global front.

“The diversity in the top 30 shows that a country does not have to be wealthy to have a flourishing tourism sector,” said Roberto Crotti, an Economist at the World Economic Forum. “But many countries should still do more to tackle travel and tourism challenges, including visa policies, better promotion of cultural heritage, environmental protection and ICT readiness. This, in turn, would drive economic growth and the creation of jobs.”

The report contains detailed country profiles, benchmarking for the 141 economies featured in the study. It includes a comprehensive summary of their overall positions in the index and a guide to the most prominent travel and tourism advantages and disadvantages of each. Also included is an extensive selection of tables that cover each indicator used in the index’s computation.

The report’s executive summary states that many countries in the Sub-Saharan region “are working on their openness and visa policies, though the longstanding challenges of infrastructure and health and hygiene standards need to be tackled to unleash the potential of the T&T (travel and tourism) sector as a catalyst for development”.

Published under the theme “Growing through Shocks”, the full edition of the 2015 report features three additional chapters authored by leading experts and practitioners in the hospitality and tourism sector.

Among other key findings, the 2015 edition shows that the tourism and travel industry continues to grow more quickly than the global economy as a whole. As proof of its resilience, the analysis shows that the sector’s growth- whether in terms of global air passenger traffic, occupancy rates or international arrivals – tends to return to trend quickly after a shock.

The report ranks the 141 countries across 14 separate dimensions, revealing how well countries could deliver sustainable economic and societal benefits through their travel and tourism sector. Spain’s leadership position is attributed to a world class ranking in cultural resources (number 1 globally); its ability to support online searches for entertainment (4th), a measure of how well the country has adapted to consumption habits brought on by the digital revolution; as well as excellent infrastructure (4th).

The World Economic Forum produced the report in collaboration with Strategy & Bloom consulting, Deloitte, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the United Nations World Tourism Organisation and the World Travel & Tourism Council.

Source: iol

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Ethiopia: Sidama’s New Year

Ethiopia has been named to be the World’s Best Tourism Destination for 2015. It was given the award by the the European Council on Tourism and Trade, who praised Ethiopia’s outstanding natural beauty, dramatic landscapes and ancient culture.

Thirty-one countries were considered for the illustrious award this year, with Ethiopia coming top of the pile. Ethiopia has nine UNESCO World Heritage sites, which were heralded by the commission and the aim is to boost tourist revenues to USD three billion this year – in 2013 revenues from tourism were at USD two billion. But instead of beach holidays and safaris, Ethiopia is promoting its imperial past, its natural beauty and its cultural heritage, one of which is Sidama’s New year, Fitche-Cambalala, writes Henok Reta.

Ethiopia has long been known for its cultural diversity. Words such as multi-lingual, multi-cultural and a typical heterogeneous society have been used by many to express these massive contrasts.

However, this time, the diversity includes the use of a different calendar. Visiting the land of the Southern Peoples, Nations and Nationalities at the present time would be an extraordinary experience for one who still wonders if Ethiopia uses a different calendar. Indeed, many have been surprised that the latest millennium celebration in Ethiopia took place nearly eight years after the rest of the world.

In Hawassa, seemingly attracting more massive numbers of local and foreign visitors than other bigger towns in the country, an ambitious plan is taking place–a plan that would probably make it an ideal tourist destination in East Africa due to its massive potential for tourism.

With a population of over 300,000 Hawassa is ever-working, ever-growing. The city is located 275km south of Addis Ababa, 180 km South of Ziway and 20 km south of Shashemene.

It is one of the fast growing cities in the country and can be considered to be model for many other towns all over the country. Since the current political administration took power almost 25 years ago, Hawassa has been named the capital of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Regional State.

Founded more than 50 years ago, Hawassa typically distinguishes itself as a home for more than 45 tribes in the southern region, which does not happen in other regional capitals. In spite of previous tribal conflicts in the regional capital, particularly between the indigenous Sidama tribe and others, nowadays Hawassa remains a capital of diversity. It draws tens of thousands of people for annual festivals and rituals.

Nevertheless nothing is as dominant as Fitche-Cambalala, the Sidama people’s New Year. According to socio-cultural heritages handed down by forefathers through generations to descendants, Sidama New Year (Fitche) has been celebrated for more than 2000 years.

The basis for such unique local New Year’s Day determination and celebration is the Sidama calendar which was an outcome of unreserved and relentless innovative efforts of selected knowledgeable and highly respected group of people who were actively involved in a profound study of the solar system among which the moon, earth, sun and stars are included.

Starting from the ancient times up to the present day this selected group of people has been undertaking comprehensive study on characteristics including shape, color, volume, distance between each other, mobility, change of their position through time and related situations of the solar system.

To accomplish the very tasks of such unique phenomenon in the locality, they get out of their living house at midnight and assemble outside and observe situations of the moon and stars for several hours a day for at least four to six days per month. Most of the time they perform such tasks collectively and on some occasions they carry out their study individually.

When undertaking the investigation in groups each will present analyzed findings of what he has observed and thoroughly discussions on observations and findings will be conducted to arrive at plausible conclusion. If observations and related investigations are done individually, investigation findings will be presented on appointed time and place where general meeting of the group is held.

Basically, it marks the herald of spring at least by a month beforehand. According to Aklilu Adelo, chief of Sidama zonal administration, the New Year celebration is based on a traditional wisdom of astronomy. Ayantos, respected elders, are the people who declare the day on which the New Year falls on after having appraised the stars in their calm night sky. He explains that Fitche-Cambalala has long been the most exciting holiday, featuring dramatic rituals for the Sidama people.

“Now, we have embarked on a new era to celebrate it with festivities and gatherings,” he says.

The regional capital is decked out with the Sidama clothing, dance and culinary activities on this three-day long festivity while the countryside continues celebrating for more than a couple of weeks.

From the very day the ayantos announce the start of the New Year, millions of Sidama people commence preparations at home. Somewhat conforming with another popular holiday – Meskel – everything, including food making, is held months ahead across the region. False bananas, locally known as enset, are the most significant source of food. A variety of Sidama’s traditional foods are made from enset.

Dances and merrymaking, popular activities among Ethiopians, have, for some time, been an incredible identity amongst the peoples all over the country. The first day of the festival features an eve revelry.

The eve of the New Year is popularly called Fitaari. During this event households residing nearby gather in the house of this eldest father in the neighborhood to celebrate the event.

As mentioned above, preparations made by each household to celebrate New Year had commenced several months ago and kocho or preferably bulla is prepared and mixed with butter. It will be served with milk to those who gather for the feast to welcome the New Year. Similar events take place on that very special event in each household in the communities.

Thousands of young men tour the city, dancing, chanting and carrying out the rituals that used to be made by their forefathers. The eve revelry starts at the city’s grand monument named Suduma and ends at the city’s rift valley lake.

The next day, the ayantos, gather at Gudumale, a savanna venue, to announce through a series of rituals that the New Year has arrived. An intense look into the lamb cecum (a pouch considered the beginning of the large intestine) by elders is also a basic part of the rituals held at the Gudumale that determines what is good or evil.

“We are not performing witchcraft, but we have an ancient traditional wisdom of prediction from the stars above and the pouch below,” Elder Shumumale Aluda, says. Despite a stern approach many of the youth have towards this practice, he believes they will ensure that their rituals live on. “Look at them. They are eager and willing to learn from us. They are all happy and proud of what we do.”

In fact, this reality is made clearer as the city sees an influx of young men holding spears and sticks, and wearing animals skins like their fathers did.

“We love our culture. We want to show Sidama’s culture is the best amongst the many Ethiopian cultures,” Teshale Fugamo, 24, says.

Sidama’s New Year, which is primarily celebrated in the Southern Region, does not only promote the young men, but also has a spot for girls and young women to display their attractive looks as well. Hundreds of young women and girls put on their typical traditional outfits for the festivities.

“I really enjoy it. I’m extremely happy to be a part of it. That’s why I can’t miss it every year, even though I live in Addis Ababa,” Lemlem, in Miss Sidama pageant winner, says.

Born from a traditional protestant family, Lemlem sees nothing that contrasts with her belief.

“I understand what many of my friends think. They’re wrong. It’s just a practice regardless of belief,” she explains.

According to the Sidama Zone Culture and Tourism Bureau, the regional government, along with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, are working hard to get United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO’s) recognition for its valuable preservation in the area of traditional rituals that can be used as a basis for science.

“We have a positive view with regard to its UNESCO registration. I hope it will be realized in a few years’ time,” Workneh Flate, the head of the bureau told The Reporter.

Source: allafrica

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