Early in the first semester, 30 students from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), and 24 students from Rhodes University met at Blanco Guest Farm for the Eastern Cape Induction weekend. Here, against the backdrop of the distinctive flat topped mountains and the lush green lawns, the students enjoyed a weekend of connecting and getting to know each other, as well as training in presentation skills, Moshal values, and relationship wellness. Nozuko was able to have great interactive sessions with her senior students, as they discussed entering the “real world” of the post-graduate job market. The team building had the students running around in different fun activities, and on the Sunday, students had an opportunity that was a real first – to shoot at a flying clay pigeon target with a shotgun!
“A degree is not enough to be successful in life. You also need soft skills that are rarely taught in school or university.” So said hi-tech entrepreneur Martin Moshal at the graduation ceremony in Tel Aviv on 21 March 2017, for around 30 graduates of the Moshal Scholarship Program. The annual awards dinner was attended by 400 Moshal Scholars, new graduates, university staff and other key partners of the Moshal Scholarship Program in Israel.
Getting Money Smart in Odessa!
On the 13th of March Tikva Moshal Students had a workshop on Personal Finance and Financial literacy by Ekaterina Rybalchenko, owner of Cool KidsSmart Education.
She gave examples of wealthy, successful people and how they run their finances. For one of the practical tasks, students formed groups of 4 and had to prepare a monthly budget of $1000 for a family. The meeting ended with a list of tips and rules for being financially smart!
Moshal team and scholars in one picture !
On Friday 10 March 2017 Moshal scholars and alumni were invited to visit Nhlanhlayethu Secondary school to continue inspiring and motivating learners. The following Moshal scholars paid their own return transport to the school in order to spend several hours engaging with learners:
We have 23 Moshal scholars at UKZN Westville campus , of which 14 are new students to our program this year. Their Buddy Family has been extremely supportive in easing the new students transition to campus life. Unfortunately with busy timetables, they were struggling to meet face to face which the new students found very disappointing.
To accommodate this, Sindisiwe Phili arranged a casual get together for all new students and their Buddies at the local shopping centre on Friday afternoon.
Final year Moshal scholars in Odessa had a workshop on Leadership and Motivation in February. It was focused on goal setting, personal effectiveness, CV writing and interview technique. The students left feeling inspired to look for great jobs, with the tools they need to do it.
Some of our super UKZN students undertook the first Pay It Forward activity for 2017 in South Africa in February, just a week after the UKZN orientation. They chose to make sandwiches at the StopHunger initiative in Pietermaritzburg. http://www.stophungernowsa.org
It was led by Mthokozisi, who heads up the Buddy Family at the Pietermartizburg campus. He joined Moshal in 2015 and was mentored by another scholar, Nkululeko Mabila. Mthokozisi is loving the chance of giving back in honour of Nkululeko’s friendship and guidance.
UKZN Moshal scholars enjoyed a weekend of community building at Roselands Outdoor Centre in Richmond. Students took part in various activities which highlighted the importance of our values of Perseverance,Accountability,Caring For Others,Humility,Integrity and Tolerance. Buddy Families were formed per campus to aid new students’ transition to university.Within hours, new friendships had formed and a true sense of community was evident.
The First Year Event is becoming a tradition in Israel. This year it was held in the center of Tel-Aviv. The excitement was tangible as 119 students from 8 institutions donned their T-shirts with a quote from Martin Moshal on the back: “if you believe in yourself, I will believe in you”.
The Moshal Team had organised a fantastic day, with a range of games and other opportunities for Moshal Scholars to share their ideas and personal stories in small and intimate circles. It was soon obvious that they a family to rely on, to support each other throughout their university journeys.
Every strong family is built on a clear and meaningful values. The team and Scholars discussed our Moshal Family values of hard work, paying it forward, being a role model and showing the determination and tenacity to succeed, bound together by an understanding of the importance of education and its ability to change our world.
Arik Ze’evi was the closing speaker. Arik is an Olympic medallist (Judo) and has an incredible story of winning and losing, how it makes you feel and how you can grow from it. Attitude is everything.
The Moshal Scholars came away from the day feeling a sense of belonging to a new family and inspired to make the most of their university life.
A select group of UKZN students were invited to attend a Presentations and Communications workshop with Chris Voysey, a well respected voice coach.
The students were a little apprehensive initially but after listening to Chris and practicing his voice exercises, they engaged wholeheartedly in the "TV Talkshow" experience. Each student took on a role in a Talkshow, either as the host or as a panelist and were asked to discuss communication. Each "episode" was videotaped and played back to the students for constructive criticism. The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and have asked to work more with Chris.
On 4 August 2016, we held a Careers Day in Israel to bring our Moshal Scholars to the attention of employers in Israel. We encourage our students to go out to the world of work as soon as possible in Israel, as student jobs are often key to good graduate entry positions. However, many students don’t know about their options and need some guidance, which is why the day was particularly important.
We started the day with two lectures about how present ourselves to others and the importance of networking. After the lectures the students were divided by T-shirt colour (denoting their professional area) to engage with professional panels. There were 7 panels: medicine, computers, industrial and management engineering, structural engineering, electrical engineering, bio-tech and business administration. Every panel included people from junior positions to a CEO. All the panelists gave very good tips and advice to our students. They talked about the importance of starting a job during study, how to get that first job, how to get ahead, and some of the choices they have in each field of study.
After finishing the panels the students enjoyed the careers fair where 13 companies (like: Raphael, Manpower, Leumi bank, Sandisk,Adama,Check point…) came to join us. Every company had a stand and talked to our students about jobs and prospects.
To close a lovely day we had a great guest speaker who had come from a similar background and had succeeded in making a major positive change in his life. He shared his story of challenges and successes and inspired our students to keep on pursuing their dreams.
Dressed to the nines, Moshal Scholars and Alumni lit up the ballroom at the Birchwood Hotel on Saturday 30th July. The annual awards dinner was the highlight of the year, with each University’s Moshal Scholars singing their hearts out in an amazing show of talent and appreciation to Martin Moshal. Many of our Scholars received certificates for their graduations, their academic performance and their contributions to their communities through the Spirit of the Moshal awards. The guest speaker, Alison Botha, kept the room of 450 spellbound with the story of her incredible recovery from a heinous attack. Her “ABC” of Attitude, Belief and Choice are useful for remembering how to turn adversity into a chance for growth and making a difference. Martin’s speech and Q&A were a hit as always, and the disco at the end rounded up a fantastic evening.
The dinner was the cherry on top of a weekend of intensive training, teambuilding, panels, social activity and excitement. All our Moshal Scholars in SA came together to meet each other, to learn about everything from etiquette and business writing to diversity, economics and investing, and of course to network with professionals during our multiple career panels.
Leading up to the student weekend, the Alumni dinner at Pigalle was an opportunity for Martin to learn more about the Moshal Alumni’s journey since leaving university. It was wonderful to see how far they have come since their first years as Moshal Scholars, from shy and worried young students to confident and competent professionals, eager to pay it forward.
On Friday morning 29 July, our Corporate Breakfast was a great hit too, with over 200 employers attending at the Hilton in Sandton. Our forthcoming graduates networked up a storm and everyone seemed to enjoy the stimulating panel of high profile speakers talking about ‘’Who Should Pay for Higher Education in South Africa’’. An article in the Business Day appeared on Monday and is available on this site.
Most satisfying of all were the appreciative notes received from so many Scholars after the event, such as this one:
"I am sending this email to thank you for including me in the events of the last weekend, for the program covering my stay and for the opportunity to network, meet and catch up with people. I truly enjoyed myself and got to network with very kind people. Thank you, I really appreciate what you and the program did and continue to do for both myself and the rest of the students and alumni. Your work will never go unnoticed and will always be appreciated. We are grateful".
We wrapped up our 2015 events in South Africa with a workshop for our Mentoring Pilot. The pilot has been going for 8 months and will continue into 2016. In November we had a review workshop with mentees and mentors discussing feedback collected in advance. The mentees had established priceless relationships with their mentors and vice versa. Many mentors felt they had learned from their mentees. Thank you to one of our corporate partners, Dimension Data, for lending us their venue in the ongoing spirit of our strategic relationship. We are particularly proud that three of our Moshal graduates have joined Dimension Data’s Graduate Programme in 2016!
Adjusting to the World of Work.
In November our first alumni coaching group wrapped up the year and reflected on the coaching sessions they have held monthly with Karen
Miedzinski. The main goal of the coaching is to help our alumni settle in, deal with challenges, and find their own voice in the workplace. Members include Selina Thabede, Lerato Modau, Ntsako Chauke, Muhammad Hussain, and Angel Maringa. Positive feedback was received by the MSP
team from some of the members’ managers and it’s clear that our alumni feel the positive impact of the coaching. Thank you to Osiris Trading, one
of our Corporate Partners, for providing us with a great venue.
Moshal Scholars in the Ukraine attended a project management workshop on 5 June.
They are now eagerly planning some summer projects after being inspired by examples of youth projects in Odessa given during the training.
The Wits medical students held their social event last night. Dr. Joshua Kiluba, from the DRC, is a Wits alumnus currently doing his Masters while working as a medical doctor. He is also a keen businessman, pastor and works in disadvantaged schools in Soweto.
Joshua and fellow students started a tutoring program for medical students while in his undergraduate years at Wits and the program is still very popular. Joshua’s talk was well-timed as the medics are writing or about to start with exams and they are under immense pressure. His talk was inspiring and as Kulani said: ‘He inspired me so much because we often focus on the challenges and negatives’.
Joshua started his talk on ‘Perseverance’ by tracing the lineage from the story of Abraham to the present Moshal Scholarship Program. Martin Moshal’s birthday was a significant event in the story, and through him Joshua demonstrated the ability of the students to leave a legacy. An important message he closed with was that the students should be grateful and avoid feelings of entitlement; improve time-management and use his study tips; and keep alive the reason for wanting to be a medical doctor, even when the challenges seem overwhelming.
On the 21 of March, a lovely Monday morning in Israel, all 120 first year Moshal Scholars gathered for a one day event.
The purpose of the event was to become familiar with the Moshal Scholarship Program’s values and beliefs and to get to know each other better.
Every group engaged in some bonding games, shared their feelings and talked about the Program. They also did some creative team building using sticker Ms and a bunch of unexpected objects! Each group focused on the importance of hard work, education, paying it forward and being a role model.
Some of our Alumni also joined the event and spoke to our Scholars about their jobs at Intel, Teva and other great Israeli companies. The students were inspired by the panel of graduates, and left the event believing that one day it would be them. And that day is very close.
Odessa Moshal Scholars’ Event - Bright Lights in the Northern Winter
On 29 and 30 November the Moshal Scholars in Odessa held their annual event.
Our Corporate Breakfast on 24 July was a star-studded event this year, with well-known media personality Justice Malala interviewing the Public Protector, Adv. Thuli Madonsela. (See Justice Malala’s article in the Times) We had over 150 senior executives attending, many of whom are partnering with us to make even more impact in future. We also had around 20 forthcoming Moshal graduates at the event who did some fantastic networking and succeeded in obtaining job interviews, work experience and mentors from the morning in addition to inspiration from the speakers.
We also had two jam-packed and stimulating weekends of activities, training, career panellists and dinners in Cape Town and Johannesburg. All 344 of our Moshal Scholars were present, and training was held in areas including diversity, budgeting and saving, investing, social media, self-branding, strength-finders, sexual and psychological health, project management, etiquette, effective learning techniques and more. Our speakers Heather Sonn in Cape Town and Trudi Makhaya in Joburg were both inspirational and educational. We were able to spend enjoyable evenings celebrating our students’ successes and our partnerships with trainers, NGOs, universities and others who make this Program effective and unique. Thank you to all who participated!
On 7-8 October Moshal Scholars from around Israel came together for our annual event with founder Martin Moshal.
For two days they met and bonded with other Moshal Scholars and Alumni, participated in various training activities involving everything from outdoor obstacles to the economy, memory improvement and innovation. Guest speakers included Doron Eral, the first Israeli to climb Mount Everest, and Maxine Fassberg, CEO of Intel, as well as a host of panel members who shared their professional experiences with our Moshal Scholars.
The annual dinner was inspiring as always and many of our scholars received excellence awards, Spirit of Moshal Awards (for paying it forward) or graduation certificates from Martin Moshal. The speeches by our students or alumni, including our SA student ambassador, were the highlight. All in all it was a couple of days of fun, food, inspiration and learning.Well done to the Israel team and all our wonderful participants for a fantastic few days.
Adv Thulisile (Thuli) Nomkhosi Madonsela was appointed as Public Protector SA by the President on the recommendation of Parliament with effect from 15 October 2010. At the time of her appointment, Adv Madonsela was the only full-time Commissioner in the South African Law Reform Commission. Before then she held various leadership positions in civil society and the public sector. These include membership of the inaugural Commission for Commission for Employment Equity and the Steering Committee of the legal Services Charter and various executive management positions in the Department of Justice and constitutional Development.
Trudi Makhaya is an independent economist and writer. She acts as a consultant and advisor to organisations on competition regulation, economic policy and business strategy.As an active public commentator, Trudi contributes economic analysis to news broadcast channel eNCA and writes a column for Business Day. Trudi has published academic articles on competition economics and policy.
Heather Sonn is the Managing Director of Gamiro Investment Holdings making investments and building businesses in the Energy, Agriculture and specialist Financial Services sectors. Gamiro’s energy company, Khana Energy secured a 140MW Wind project in April 2015 to supply wind power to the national grid and is currently bidding additional Wind and Solar PV projects. Gamiro has also developed a business-to-business energy efficiency and solar generation company which is completing briefs to large corporates.