A six month leadership curriculum both in South Africa and Washington, DC,  supplemented by ongoing alumni opportunities.


A core element of SAWIP, expressed through individual and team projects, both in South Africa and
Washington DC.


Real world experience provided through six week work exposure in prestigious environments in Washington, DC.



alumni of the month


The South Africa-Washington International Program is helping to prepare, inspire and support, diverse new generations of emerging South African leaders to serve our people.

SAWIP Newsletter July 2014

Click here to download the SAWIP Newsletter July 2014.

Thanks to our 2014 Wilson Center Forum and Reception Guests

This year, South Africa is celebrating 20th anniversary of its first general elections when voters sent Nelson Mandela to the presidency ending the scourge of apartheid.  To mark this momentous occasion, South Africa-Washington International Program (SAWIP), the Africa Program of the Wilson Center and the Embassy of South Africa in Washington, D.C., hosted a half-day forum bringing together distinguished experts, business and political leaders and policymakers to discuss South Africa’s long road to freedom and democracy, the social, political and economic accomplishments of the country in the last two decades, and the challenges and opportunities ahead. The forum also featured a number of SAWIP students on a panel discussion focusing on the views of the “born free” generation on today’s South Africa and their concerns and hopes for the future of South Africa and the continent.

SAWIP Newsletter April 2014

Click here to download the SAWIP Newsletter April 2014.

SAWIP Welcomes the Class of 2014

The SAWIP Boards in both South Africa and Washington DC, the SAWIP Alumni, management and other stakeholders and friends congratulate the new Team and wish them an exciting journey of development towards being powerful servant leaders.


Well done! Welcome into the SAWIP Network! We look forward to getting to know you all and working with you to build our young democracy and address our transformation challenges.


Please click here to read their profiles.


The SAWIP Thembi Losi: Leadership and Legacy Award was awarded posthumously to Thembakazi Losi and presented to Mr. Graham Losi and Ms. Nomvuyiseko Fyrene Losi by Phiwe Ndinisa (SAWIP Board Member and Alumnus 2012) and Kim Williams (SAWIP Programme Manager).

On Saturday 15 March 2014 the SAWIP Alumni Association together with the University of Cape Town, School of Economics; University of Cape Town, Education Development Unit; Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, and the University of Cape Town, Fuller Hall Residence hosted the Thembi Losi Celebratory Service.

Inaugural SAWIP Human Rights Day Seminar


The Vision of the SAWIP Alumni Association for 2014 is to reinvigorate the alumni association and to grow the prominence of the alumni within the organization.


The Alumni Associations objective in hosting an annual Human Rights Day Seminar is to create a forum for engaging SAWIP alumni, relevant stakeholders and the broader community on issues concerning leadership and socio-economic challenges whilst promoting and celebrating human rights.


A full day programme has been developed that is relevant, provocative and challenging.


To keep the seminar topical while keeping the subject matter in line with the activities and campaigns of the Alumni Association as a whole, the working theme is ‘The Role of Active Citizenship: Does Your Vote Really Count?’


The seminar is envisaged to become an annual, highly esteemed and meaningful platform that explores the way in which leadership and various social spheres interact.


In addition, it looks to focus on leadership’s potential as a mechanism for social change.


The seminar further intends to encourage a sense of social responsibility amongst the delegates as well as to act as a catalyst to inspire more active participation in civil society; the most important outcome being that delegates return to their respective schools, universities, professions, communities and share the experiences and knowledge gained on the day.

<< Start < Prev 1 2 Next > End >>

Page 1 of 2
  • Reintegration has definitely been a bit of a challenge. I was starting to get accustomed to the usual (read ‘incredibly fast-paced’) D.C. day but then it was quickly back to South Africa for all of u
  • The fact that SAWIP is even able to take place is largely attributable to the several willing host families who agree to host one (or more) SAWIP students for the duration of the SAWIP D.C pro
  • The political concept that is ‘nationalism’ may be described as; a large group of people who feel that they belong together by virtue of sharing common traits, language, religion or even a race,
  • There is no doubt that the South Africa-Washington International Program is changing the lives of its members and the broader South African community. SAWIP’s curriculum is broad, challenging an
  • The recent academic period has been somewhat taxing with several deadlines. Since we got back from the States I suspect that each one of our own lives as team memberswere immediately succumbed by diar
  • Don’t get me wrong. I love this country and more specifically its people. That being said, I cannot pretend all is well. As of late Stellenbosch has been victim to an upsurge of crime. Over this
  • Too often we are so fixed on the current grim realities. It is not hard to understand why. Every day we are inundated with news casts of the continued political tensions in the Middle East, slu
  • Our public discourse has shifted and moved from the celebratory tones of April, touched on the election madness in May, remembered the youth in June, July seemed to have passed us all by, and now
  • Part of the objective for this blog is also to allow me to share some of my personal day to day experiences. I therefore decided to use 7 August 2014, a sun-soaked-beautiful-winters day as a samp
  • The paragraph to follow is an extract from an essay that the team were instructed to complete individually. The essay topic is ‘community engagement in the context of higher education institutio



Facebook Friends of SAWIP