University of Johannesburg and Bokamoso Barona Investment Trust Committed to Leadership Development and Transformation

The 30th July 2008 marked a watershed moment in the quest to unlock the leadership potential of the University of Johannesburg students and the general student and youth population of the country. This was witnessed by the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and Bokamoso Barona Investment Trust (BBIT), which will see the consolidation of the progress already made towards the establishment of a National Student Leadership Academy (NSLA).

Accordingly, UJ will be the leading agent that will champion the realization of this noble cause, with BBIT being the support agent responsible to oversee the actual implementation process. The NSLA will be a dedicated institute that will attempt to mitigate the challenge of leadership development amongst students and youth in general.

At the signing ceremony, Mr Tshilidzi Ratshitanga, the Chairperson of BBIT, spoke to the importance of having a well trained leadership core amongst young people. He further indicated that the sustainability of our country’s development agenda was extremely dependent on the ability of various social partners to work together in trying to ensure a sustainable supply of pioneering leaders. He indicated that Bokamoso Baron Investment Trust, whose beneficiary organizations include SASCO and COSAS, was honored to be in partnership with an institution that enjoys the reputation and pedigree of UJ.

Professor Ihron Ransberg, the Vice Chancellor of UJ, insisted that it was vital for any institution of higher learning to be not only relevant to the immediate constituency it serves, but that such relevance needed to be expanded to the surrounding community and society at large. He further stated that, even though, there was still much to be achieved in the quest to fully transform UJ, the establishment of the NSLA was amongst the most audacious undertakings in that direction. Furthermore he also stressed the importance of collective action in resolving our priority social challenges.

Some of the programmes that will be overseen by the NSLA include; leadership development workshops with SRCs throughout the country, social dialogue with young people on critical social challenges, youth development specific research, and leadership capacity building amongst students.


To meaningfully contribute towards producing skilled youth who are conscious of their responsibility to build a united and prosperous South Africa.

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