Lebone II College acknowledges our alumni as our testimony and legacy. They are charged with consistently pursuing excellence as they venture into society to 'shine their light'. Our alumni have made phenomenal strides in their tertiary studies and careers, and we are able to share in many of their successes as a school.
Alumni Universities 2019
100 Young Mandelas of the Future
Two Lebone II – College of the Royal Bafokeng Alumni have been featured in the 2019 News24 100 Young Mandelas of the Future list, flying the flag high for the school. Sewagodimo Matlapeng, Class of 2013, and Thapelo Nthite, Class of 2014, were chosen from hundreds of nominations, to join the list of 100 outstanding young people who are intent on leaving the world a better place than they found it.
News 24 launched the 100 Young Mandelas list in 2018, to coincide with the centenary of Mandela’s birth. According to Adriaan Basson, News24ʼs editor-in-chief, these 100 young people, chosen from hundreds more nominations, remind South Africans that the characteristics which former president Nelson Mandela embodied – compassion, creativity, leadership, vision and resilience – are still thriving today. Their readers nominated inspiring South Africans from all walks of life, all 35 years and younger. Then, from a shortlist, News24 journalists choose the top 100 inspiring young people, categorising them under one of the five “Mandela characteristics”.
“These are just some of this year’s stories and they are the reason why we dare not lose hope in South Africa,” wrote Basson. “They should inspire us to be brave and courageous as we take the road ahead.”
Lebone II College celebrates Sewagodimo and Thapelo for their recognition in this prestigious list and the way in which they are continuing to ‘shine their light’ towards a great South Africa. It is the school’s belief that every young person should learn from the legacy of Mandela and can help to change the image of South Africa and the rest of the African continent. Lebone II is intent on developing young and passionate change-makers who can lead well, be intentional, be bold, be innovative and, most importantly, contribute positively to our society.
Sewagodimo Matlapeng’s interest in computer science started when she was still in high school when she opted to take up IT as a subject even though she knew nothing about computers. After getting the feel of the subject, she began teaching underprivileged children in the community of Phokeng how to code as well. When she moved to the University of Cape Town to study a BSc Honours in computer science, she simultaneously ran community projects focused on teaching coding to young people, particularly young, black women and girls.
Thapelo Nthite describes himself as someone who has a deep passion for social justice and figuring out ways in which technology can be used to reduce inequalities on the continent. He is currently completing his degree in mechatronics engineering at the University of Cape Town. He is the co-founder of Botlhale-AI Solutions, a company which aims to produce software that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to better the lives of South Africans, for which the company has won a number of competitions and awards.
Through our Alumni Office we seek to foster strong relationships with our alumni, to celebrate their success and assist others where possible. The Alumni Office aims to provide means for our alumni to stay connected to each other, to the school and to our community.
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