South Africa’s High Commissioner to India, H.E Mr. JS Ndebele on Wednesday, July 28 lauded the Confederation of Young Leaders (CYL) led the Indian Institute of Governance and Leadership (IIGL) and the Shastri Institute of Governance and Leadership (SIGL) for announcing the IIGL Nelson Mandela Friendship Scholarship 2021.
In a letter addressed to the Chairman of the Confederation of Young Leaders, Mr. Himadrish Suwan, High Commissioner H.E Mr. JS Ndebele, said, “I wish to convey my government’s profound appreciation for the IIGL Nelson Mandela Friendship Scholarships 2021 being availed to fifty-one South Africans as facilitated by the Indian Institute of Governance and Leadership and the Confederation of Young Leaders which I had the privilege of addressing as part of the commemoration of International Nelson Mandela Day.”
“The decision of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Governance and Leadership to gift these scholarships as an expression of the commitment to foster closer people to people relations between India and South Africa is timely and most welcome. The Covid-19 pandemic has sharply reflected the inequalities in our world and in particular between countries of the North and Global South and calls on all developing countries to work together to making the world a better place. Education plays an integral part of that.”, added High Commissioner.
“I am pleased to learn that the Indian Institute of Governance and Leadership is underpinned by the principles of honesty, transparency and accountability as espoused by Bharat Ratna, Shri. Lal Bahadur Shastri, the Second Prime Minister of India whose legacy the Institute seeks to uphold. These are the same values that Bharat Ratna, Mr Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first democratically elected president lived and lead by. It will be a testament to both their legacies that a new generation of young leaders from South Africa will benefit from this opportunity.”, said, High Commissioner.
On the occasion of Nelson Mandela Day 2021, Chairman Mr. Suwan pledged 51 fully-funded scholarships for the people of South Africa during a virtual meeting between South Africa’s High Commissioner to India, H.E Mr. JS Ndebele on July 17. H.E Mr. Joel Sibusiso Ndebele served as the Minister of Transport and Correctional Services of the Republic of South Africa until 25 May 2014, and he also served in the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991. He served as a Premier of KwaZulu-Natal Province along with being a Chancellor of the University of Zululand.