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One Day Leaders at Wits

- Wits University

Two Wits students, Zareef Minty and Thamsanqa Pooe, are contestants in the fourth season of One Day Leader.

The University of the Witwatersrand has always been an incubator for world-class leaders, producing leaders who are continuously thriving to make a significant difference in their respective fields.

The calibre of students that Wits produces is evident in the number of world leaders that the University produces.

Two Wits students, Zareef Minty and Thamsanqa Pooe are honing and showcasing their leadership skills by tackling social, economic and political issues affecting South Africa, as contestants in the fourth season of One Day Leader, a television reality series that looks at youth leadership and the role they play in the development of the country.

Since its first season in 2011, seven Witsies have been contestants on the show. The first season of the show was won by Lesley Masibi from the Science Faculty; season three was won by Prince Octavia Shabangu from the School of Accountancy. In season two, Wits had the highest number of contestants and was represented by the former SRC President Morris Masutha and law students Seadimo Tlale and Anele Nzimande .

The show challenges young people from around the country to put their leadership skills and abilities to the test and garner the support of the nation on their journey as future leaders.

Minty is a final year LLB student and author of motivational book Empire. In 2014, he was recognised by Mail and Guardian as one of the Top 200 Young South Africans under the age of 35.

With ambitions to be the Minister of Education in the future, Minty is currently building a school in Limpopo under the Zareef Minty Build a School Foundation and plans to build three more schools in Limpopo by the end of 2017.

“I envision a country where we create a more equal education for all citizens through the development of educational institutions in rural/semi-urban areas,” says Minty.                        

Pooe, like season two contestant Seadimo, is an Allan Gray Orbis Candidate Fellow, currently studying towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and International Relations. He is also a member of the 2015/2016 SRC, holding the Social and Community Development portfolio.

The two students will put their leadership skills to test through a series of debates and implementation of practical projects addressing issues facing the country over a period of 13 weeks. A big part requires  each member to galvanise public support for their vison.

At the end of each debate, a panel of judges will interrogate their visions and viewers will vote for their chosen leader. To vote for Pooe SMS "Leader 3" and for Minty SMS  "Leader 1" to 33121.

You can catch Minty and Pooe, every Monday from 16:30 to 17:30 on SABC 1.