A total of 21 UCT students were among the South Africans selected for the "life-changing" 100 Brightest Young Minds (BYM) Conference, held in Johannesburg early in July.
The conference offered the young delegates networking opportunities with influential business leaders and visionaries. These included Dr Vincent Maphai, chairman of BHP Billiton Africa; Bridgette Radebe, president of the South African Mining Development Association; and economic advisor to President Mbeki, Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu.
The young delegates brainstormed ideas for business solutions and social concerns, while BYM imparted professional knowledge and confidence, inspiring the the students to use their skills.
Among the participating 14 universities, UCT had the most representatives. The group of 21 boasted 12 women and nine men.
The students were Sheraan Amod, Zain Amod, Jessica Auerbach, Vincent Chambati, Rudo Chiminya, Roger Deane, Tina Espinheira, Andy Feldman, Leonard Fienberg, Julia Garlick, Hediyih Ghiassi-Razavi, Jones Gondo, Lusanda Gwayi, Ridwaan Kalla, Siobhan Knock, Nobathembu Mangesana, Rufaro Mapanda, Tina Runeyi, Nicholas Schultz, Helina Sumbhoolaul and Nicolina Thandiwe van der Merwe.
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