Considering nearly one in three Africans
are between the ages of 10 and 24 and
approximately 60% of Africa’s total
population is below the age of 35,
empowering the youth is non-negotiable for
the future growth and development of the
The Young African Leaders Initiative (Yali)
is a signature effort to invest in the next
generation of African leaders.
Yali’s three-tier programme entails the Yali
Mandela Washington Fellowship (academic
training and training in the US), Yali Network
(online courses and engagement platforms)
and Regional Leadership Centres in Ghana,
Kenya, Senegal and South Africa.
The University of South Africa’s School of
Business Leadership is the proud host of the
Regional Leadership Centre Southern Africa
The RLC SA offers leadership
training across the public, private and civil
SANRAL’s Central Operations Centre has
become a regular feature on the Yali public
management and governance programme.
Since last year, the centre has hosted more
than seven groups, comprised of participants
in the Yali public sector programme.
Yali alumnus Fortune Mlalazi says: “SANRAL
operations offer a prime model on how
public infrastructure should be managed.”
“While our visits to the centre are successful
in gaining a deeper understanding in the
work behind e-tolls, the whole project
highlights important aspects of public
The most significant is alternative
revenue generation as governments
throughout Africa are faced with diminishing
budgets; the importance and process in
collecting monies due to the state and
Francka Rajoelina from Madagascar was one
of 43 youth who visited the centre in May.
She says: “I have learnt a lot from this visit.
I hope to work in a public-sector role in my
country. Although Madagascar is not as big
and advanced as SA, our people also deserve
decent infrastructure such as roads.
“Even in our small country we experience
congestion and the e-toll project provides
useful lessons that can be replicated in other
countries like ours.”
Hosting up to six groups a year, SANRAL
is proud to be associated with this bold
Participants in the programme are
selected from 14 SADC (Southern
African Development Community)
countries: Angola, Botswana, Comoros,
Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius,
Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South
Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
When participants complete the six-week
course – two-week online introduction and
four-week in-person coursework at the
University of Pretoria – it is believed that
they will be better poised to serve as the
next generation of Southern Africa’s public
service professionals at the local, provincial,
and national levels.