Fort Hare Autumn School Alumni

Founded in 2016, the Fort Hare Autumn School (FHAS) Alumni Network unites all students and graduates of the FHAS Programme. Over one hundred students have graduated from the FHAS, thereby advancing their understanding of Social Democracy as well as their leadership capabilities. The FHAS Alumni Network addresses the need to establish a closer link among the Alumni and with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) South Africa. It provides a platform for progressive young South African leaders to build networks for intellectual and career-related exchange. 


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Alumni News & Events

21.05.2019 | Fort Hare Autumn School, Youth leadership programme, Promoting Democracy and Civil Participation | News

Fort Hare Autumn School - Social Democracy and Political Economy

The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) South Africa hosted the Fort Hare Autumn school module one on Social Democracy and Political Economy in the Eastern...

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18.04.2019 | Fort Hare Autumn School, Youth leadership programme, Promoting Democracy and Civil Participation | News

Students who violently protest need to catch a wake up

Student protests are marked by threats, damage to property and mind-boggling violence between law enforcement agencies, private security and students.

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14.03.2019 | Fort Hare Autumn School | News

NSFAS only recycles inequality

They claim, firstly, that the NSFAS model will decrease inequality from the current gini coefficient of 0.66 to 0.59 in 2030.

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23.02.2019 | Fort Hare Autumn School | News

The state has no plan to get the youth jobs. Here's one

The state of internships in the government sector is inexcusable.

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22.02.2019 | Fort Hare Autumn School

Second Fort Hare Autumn School Alumni Networking Event

Around 100 alumni and staff attended the second annual Fort Hare Autumn School (FHAS) alumni networking event hosted by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung...

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22.02.2019 | Fort Hare Autumn School

Keynote address speech by Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development Mr John Jeffery

Address by the Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, the Hon JH Jeffery, MP at the Fort Hare Autumn School Annual Event, held at...

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Reflecting on South Africa’s democracy: Challenges & Gains

Panel: South Africa’s youth and their attitudes on politics: Anticipated participation in the 2019 elections.

Pitch at 2018 first session in Hogsback 30 March – 4 April 2018

3 minutes Pitch responding: identifying yourself and why are perceived as a young leader. Raise awareness to a problem related to economics and a Call for action.

The Board

The FHAS Board has been established to serve as an official medium for communication between the alumni. It aims to increase awareness of FHAS as a leadership programme of excellence. The Alumni Board also recognizes and celebrates alumni achievement, and it helps ensure that appropriate resources and programs exist to further enrich the FHAS alumni experience.

Alumni Board Objectives

In light of this mission, our key objectives are to:

  • to create a platform which facilitates support and communication between the FHAS scholars,
  • to create spaces for dialogue and facilitates the activism of individual members,
  • to support projects which advance the realization of the vision.
  • to engage with FES and FHAS and to support the development and advancement of the FHAS programme.

Board Members

Amy Claire Bobbins, Project Manager, FHAS Class of 2016

Photo: Amy Claire Bobbins

Amy is an academic pharmacist intern at Nelson Mandela University currently undertaking research into primary healthcare service provision in the Eastern Cape Province. She obtained a BPharm (cum laude) with various academic and leadership accolades from her alumnus, Rhodes University, and has been named in the Top 100 graduates in South Africa and one of the 100 Brightest Young Minds in Africa in 2017. Amy has a keen interest in ethical leadership and governance and has been a student member of the Youth Model African Union, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Fort Hare Autumn School, Talloires Network and the Global Thinkers Forum. She has contributed to a range of studies involving public health in developing nations and has been acknowledged for this work, together with leadership capabilities, by the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa (PSSA) in 2017. Amy received the 50th Brian Seymour Memorial Prize. She has a broad range of interests ranging from pharmaceutical practice and policy to the greater role of healthcare provision in the sustainable development agenda.

Khanya Bonani, Secretary, FHAS Class of 2016

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Khanya Bonani is a Masters student at African Centre for Migration and Society - Wits University (ACMS). She holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Political Studies and International Relations as well as Sociology from Rhodes University. She also holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours in Development Studies from Rhodes University where her prior research work has been in the lived experiences of economic migrants and the implementation of the Free Movement Protocol in SADC. Khanya works for Kgwebong Consulting based in Johannesburg and Pretoria. Previously she worked as a business associate at KfW Development Bank in 2018. Khanya is a member of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation Youth Hub Research Group.

Loyiso Maciko, Deputy Chairperson, FHAS Class of 2013

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Mr. Loyiso Maciko, holds Masters in Economics and Market Policy from University of Bologna as an Erasmus Mundus Scholar. Mr Loyiso Maciko is a PhD candidate at the University of Fort Hare, where he furthers his research on Financial Inclusion of households in rural communities. He is currently employed by the Wits School of Governance as a Researcher on Social Security Systems and Management Studies.

He coordinates various projects between Wits School of Governance and Department of Social Development - Contributory Social Security Pensions Systems and their Sustainability, Evaluation of changes in the distribution of income and wealth in South Africa and their indicative causes, Examination of the optimal tax structuring for Social Security pensions systems, including mandatory public and private systems and many mo

Tulani Nkuntse, Media Liaison, FHAS Class of 2012

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Tulani Nkuntse completed his MA (Research) in Public Administration at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar. He currently works as the Head of Student Affairs at Monash South Africa leading a department with 4 subdivisions which include Sports & Wellness (Psychological Services, Gym & Campus Clinic); Residences & Res Life; Student Governance & Development and the Disability Support Unit. He serves on the following boards: Mandela Rhodes Community in the portfolio, Director of Regions and on the Fredrich Ebert Stiftung Autumn School Alumni Board in the Public Relations portfolio. He is a seasoned external Consultant at the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation where he assists in the selection process of seeking young people who have the potential to change the world with their energy, curiosity and new ways of seeing and understanding the problems we face, and how to solve them. He remains involved with the Mandela Rhodes Foundation and assists the foundation as an Applicant Reviewer for the scholarship programme as well as serving as a Mentor to a number of scholars in residence. 

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