USA Appoints Koketso Marishane as YALI SA Spokesperson

By: Mokgubi Kgaphola
The 2010 Flagship Program by Former USA President Barack Obama has officially appointed Koketso Marishane as the National Spokesperson for the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) in South Africa. This is after the much heated and challenging nomination process which took place in 2018 among thousands of alumnus from Southern Africa. Koketso Marishane came out as the strongest candidate, advocating for youth development in Africa, challenging other remarkable young African leaders to walk the talk.
“We’re humbled by the nomination and to be finally selected to serve in the chapter. Being entrusted with the mandate of driving the country is no simple task, and we’re therefore humbled by the faith that the US Embassy, USAID and UNISA communities have put in us.
This is quite a big moment for us, the SA Chapter, in a sense that, not only are we working towards safe-guarding the interests of our members within the institution, more, ensuring that our national aspirations as contained in the NDP2030 Vision as a chapter materialise.”
Being the strongest voice in the continent is positive, and thus our immediate task going forward is that we must remain the best for the communities we serve, and ultimately stick to our annual theme: ‘The Year of Action and Commitment with Consistency’ whilst remaining African and Inclusive in our approach and operations. We thus look forward to working with the institutional communities towards ensuring there’s co-existence of excellence and African transformation as we pursue our 2063 African agenda,” said National Spokesperson Koketso Marishane.
“The nomination results were verified by USAID and now that the country is in their hands, we wish Marishane and his team the best of luck as they execute their duties during their term of office”, concluded Unisa Alumni Specialist, Peter Folkard.
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