The early years …..
I completed my high-schooling at Rylands High School in Cape Town, in 1998.
Campus life ….
In 2001, I obtained a Bachelor of Social Science in Governance and Political Studies, from the University Cape Town. I recall Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu speaking at the graduation ceremomy. He said in his address: “Lift people up in life. Don’t push them down”. That stuck with me, to this day.
Double timing it …
While working towards the completion of Bachelor’s degree, in 2000 I was admitted as an inaugural fellow of the Public Policy Partnership of South Africa, administered by the Woodrow Wilson and Andrew W. Mellon Foundations, USA. As a fellow, between 2000 and 2001, I completed a two-year intensive international public policy training program, concurrent with my graduate studies.
I have successfully completed a number of professional development training programmes whilst being a working professional. These include:
1. The Commonwealth Country Training Program in Enterprises Competitiveness for Commonwealth Development Countries, administered by the Commonwealth Secretariat for Special Advisory Services, the International Trade Institute of Singapore and the International Trade Institute of Singapore. This entailed extensive studies, research and practical exposure into the governance, regulation and management of the Singaporean and other successful Asian economies.
2. Certificates in Business Project Management from the University of Cape Tow (Faculty of Engineering and Centre for Professional Development).