A global student leadership organisation has recognised its Wits chapter through an award that also acknowledges the work of its members.
AIESEC Wits (an acronym in French for the International Association of Students in Economic and Commercial Sciences) received the Rising Star Award during the June leadership summit (JLS) held at Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMU).
The award recognised the efforts of Witsies from the society were involved in travel and leadership conferences, during the winter break, which allowed the chapter to fulfill the required number of exchanges and projects within a twelve month period.
AIESEC brings together student leaders from across the world towards the betterment of society as a whole.
Ten students from Wits attended the five-day JLS which brought together chapters from a number of different universities.
The summit focused on the relevance of African talent and explored leadership in South Africa within AIESEC, according to Onthatile Nataboge, 4th year BEd and president of AIESEC Wits.
Arthur Motolla, 1st year BA student, attended the JLS for the first time. He said speakers stressed the importance of embracing Africa’s mosaic of cultures instead of striving for a unique African identity.
“Opportunity lies with the disadvantaged. That is where opportunities lie for entrepreneurs. That is where you can expect the most amount of growth,” he said as he reflected on the things he learned at the summit.
“I am still overwhelmed by JLS,” exclaimed Duduetsang Mmeti, 2nd year LLB. She explained that students were encouraged to contribute African solutions to African problems.