2021/2022 Regional Representatives

Applications for the Birmingham and Oxford/Reading regions are still open. Click the link to apply.

Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our skilled team of professionals is the backbone of Botswana Student Union. Their ideas help shape the direction and mission of our organization as it continues to develop. Read on to learn more about some of our incredible team members.

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Oreeditse Mogobye

London Regional Rep

'Don't reach for normal but reach for better, reaching for something can be hard and difficult but it’s worth it.’ There is no other quote that can better describe me than this. I am a young self-driven lady pursuing a career in technology. Currently studying Biomedical Engineering at University College London. My best qualities are resilience, analytical thinking, team player and adventurous. I am looking to incorporate ideas of how we could improve our social media platforms and create a platform where we could have access to mentors and career opportunities in respective field we are pursuing. Discovery is for forward thinkers.

Keletso Setshogo

Swansea Regional Rep

(covers Bristol, Exeter, Cardiff and Bath)

My name is Keletso and I am a third year student studying Applied Medical Sciences at Swansea University. I studied my A levels at Legae Academy before coming to the UK. I believe my strong leadership skills acquired from my past extracurricular activities paired with my approachability will give me an excellent foundation for this position. What I hope to achieve as a regional rep is to work diligently with total transparency, accountability and professionalism with the interactions I have with my team.

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Zibani Masimo

Kent Regional Rep

My name is Zibani Ndibapi Masimo, an Economics and Econometrics MSc student at the University of Kent. As the representative for Kent region, I intend to inspire the students/BSU members in the region to participate in BSU activities to the best of their abilities. I also intend to represent the wishes and issues of the members in the committee. Within the committee I intend to contribute to suggestions of new activities, initiatives or events that can improve BSU. I believe this position will require somebody who is hardworking, patient, and has good communication skills, and I am certain that I embody the aforementioned qualities. While I was still doing my undergraduate degree, I was part of the governing committee of the Dalhousie African Student Association which was a society that represented students of African descent at Dalhousie University, Canada. I believe the experience and the ideas I acquired in that period will be vital for this position. 

Prima Lesaso

Edinburgh Regional Rep

I’m a second year Biological Sciences student and peer mentor at the University of Edinburgh. My hope as a regional representative is to, most importantly, help build a stronger sense of community for Batswana in Edinburgh. I believe creating a welcoming environment will allow for better communication amongst us, allowing us, with the help of the Botswana Student Union, to effectively find solutions to whatever issues we may face. Being a sociable person that has worked in event organisation, I’m excited to use the skills I have learned together with my mentorship training to succeed at my role as regional representative. My door is always open to those in need of assistance or support while studying in Edinburgh.

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Kingsley Dintwe

Manchester Regional Rep

My name is Kingsley Dintwe. I am studying towards an MSc in Economic and Financial analysis at the Manchester Metropolitan University. In my role as the regional representative for Manchester, I hope to diligently relay student concerns to the committee in order to make everyone’s stay more enjoyable. Helping new students get settled and bringing the community closer together will be a priority. 

Kagiso Morekwa

Newcastle Regional Rep

Dumelang betsho. My name is Kagiso Morekwa, a second year Automation and control student at Newcastle University. As the BSU regional representative for Newcastle, I intend to be a convenient, proficient and competent link between students in Newcastle and the student union. My wish is that every Motswana student at Newcastle is welcomed with warm hands in the Batswana community here in the UK and I believe I have the right set of communication and interpesonal skills to make that happen. Feel free to drop me an email for any enquiries. PULA !   

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Boingotlo Tendai Kgari

Preston/Leeds Regional Rep

(covers Lancaster, Bradford and York)

My name is Boingotlo Tendai Kgari. I am a second year MBBS student at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston. As the BSU Preston/Leeds regional representative, one of my goals is to relay concerns, questions and suggestions from the students to the BSU. I plan to engage students and promote a sense of community within the region in different ways such as organising fun events to socialise. I hope to assist students in having an enjoyable and memorable year. 


Tlamelo Masike

Sheffield Regional Rep

I am a second-year student at the University of Sheffield studying towards a degree in Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering. My main aim is to create an environment that makes the transition of Batswana students into the UK as smooth as possible. As well as establishing a platform that allows students in my region to reach out when facing mental, academic or financial difficulties. Having arrived during a national lockdown and a pandemic myself I believe my experiences have prepared me for this role. I hope to foster a positive difference in the lives of the students in the Sheffield/Hull region. Do not hesitate to reach out to me.

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Eustace Chulu

Dublin Regional Rep

My name is Eustace Chulu. I am a first year medical student, studying at Trinity College Dublin. I went through my A-levels at Livingstone Kolobeng College. I intend on creating an environment even more conducive for Batswana to flourish through continued troubleshooting, as well as fostering the idea of camaraderie between us. I'm hardworking, reliable, and always open to help wherever I can. If there are any issues feel free to drop me an email and together we can find a solution. I'm looking forward to meeting & working with you all!

 

2020/2021 Regional Representatives

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Sydney Kuda

Region: Preston Leeds (covers Lancaster, Bradford and York)

School: University of Central Lanchashire

Course: Medicine

BSU email: bsurep.pl@gmail.com

Bio

Hello my name is Sydney Kuda, a second year medical student at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and the BSU regional representative for the Preston-Leeds region. I did  my A Levels at Maruapula School before heading to the UK for further studies. My course being a very human centred course has enabled me to learn how to understand and work well with people from different backgrounds. A large aspect of my course also deals with mental health, which is a really critical issue in this time and age, therefore I will be hands on in helping all of you however way I can in this aspect. I am well equipped with interpersonal skills and everyone that knows me will tell you that I’m a social bug and very friendly so be sure to be met with a warm smile and good energy. I am here to serve you and ensure that your stay in the UK is a smooth and worthwhile one. I am very excited to work with all of you and make lifelong and meaningful relationships with you all. God Bless.

Kenanao Sithole

Region: Leicester (covers Norwich, Nottingham, Derby, Lincoln and Keele)

School: University of Nottingham

Course: PhD Mechanical Engineering (Year 1)

BSU email: bsurep.leicester@gmail.com

Bio

Hi, my name is Kenanao Sithole. I recently graduated from University of Nottingham in Mechanical Engineering and am now pursuing a PhD. I have been in the UK since 2015 and have thoroughly enjoyed my stay here. The city I have lived in while here, Nottingham, is a mixture of a vibrant student culture coupled with large, beautiful parks with lakes, teeming with reindeer and nature.

A bit about myself. I am passionate about grabbing life by its… Therefore, I am inspired by the determination and ingenuity of young Batswana on the Top Achievers, using their grit to make a brighter future for themselves. I am very sociable so in my spare time I enjoy playing football and hosting dinners and bible studies in my home (not as easy now with COVID-19). I have been heavily involved with a local church as a student small group leader and in kid’s ministry. Also, I enjoy a good conversation about philosophy, entrepreneurship, and just plain banter. Some of my favourite books are, The Lean Startup by Eric Ries and 12 Rules For Life by Jordan B. Peterson.

Contact me about how to settle in the UK, finding part-time jobs, and tackling Uni life effectively.

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Cecilia Moalafi

Region: Leicester (covers Norwich, Nottingham, Derby, Lincoln and Keele)

School: University of Derby, 2019-2023

Course: PhD Financial Economics 

BSU email: bsurep.leicester@gmail.com

Bio

You can expect realist advice and recommendations, based on my personal experiences, and information collected online. You may want advice on how to ace all of your exams, what to do when you have failed your modules, how to apply for a PhD with a 2:2, or renting accommodation when you do not have a UK guarantor etc. I am here.

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Joseph Zacharia

Region: Kent

School: University of Kent

Course: Actuarial Science with a Year In Industry

BSU email: bsurep.knt@gmail.com

Bio

I am Joseph Zacharia, a penultimate Actuarial student at the University of Kent in Canterbury. Previously I attended rainbow High School for my A levels. I am super charged at the opportunity of serving as the Kent region BSU representative as it gives me an opportunity to do what I love- helping my countrymen. I intend to dedicate myself to serve my term with my highest humility and diligence. Looking forward to building a long-term network capital based on my jolly and sociable nature. My line will always remain open for you, fear not and get in touch when need arises. Pula!

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Palesa Ndlovu

Region: Swansea (covers Bristol, Exeter, Cardiff and Bath)

School: Swansea University

Course: Applied Medical Sciences

BSU email: bsurep.swa@gmail.com

Bio

Dumelang, I am Palesa Ndlovu, a second year Applied Medical Sciences student at Swansea University and regional representative for the Swansea, Cardiff, Bristol, Bath and Exeter areas. Living abroad comes with several challenges however you do not have to do it alone. I look forward to improving the quality of your student experience overseas by operating on an open door policy therefore if you have any questions, queries or suggestions please do not hesitate to get in touch with me on the above email address.

Kudakwahe Chuma

Region: Dublin

School: University College Dublin

Course: Medicine

BSU email: bsurep.dub@gmail.com

Bio

My name is Kudakwahe and I am the Dublin regional representative. I completed my A levels in 2019 at Livingstone Kolobeng college. Currently I am a 2nd year medical student at University college Dublin, Ireland. I am very consistent, resilient, humble and selfless. All these qualities will be essential in being a good regional representative. As one of the representatives, I will be performing my duties wholly in a professional manner with enthusiasm. I look forward to working with you. PULA!

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Pholo Motshidisi

Region: Newcastle 

School: Newcastle University

Course: Electronic Communications Engineering

BSU email: bsu.newcastle@gmail.com 

Bio

I’m a 3rd year Electronic Communications engineering at Newcastle University, class of 2022. I represent Newcastle Upon Tyne and the North East, UK. We aim to make your transition into studying in Newcastle and the North East smooth and interactive with the new environment and fellow Batswana in town. Welcome to the North East. Feel free to make contact, see you around.

Nonvula Mosarwana

Region: Swansea

School: Cardiff University

Course: Accounting and Finance

BSU email:  bsurep.swan@gmail.com

Bio

My name is Nonvula and I am a current student at Cardiff University in Wales, pursuing an MSc in Accounting and Finance. I completed my BSc in the same course at the University of Kent which included a year spent in Industry as a Finance Analyst. Before this I did my A Levels at Rainbow High School. I aim to execute my duties reliably and diligently as a representative for both current and prospective students in the Swansea region. My years spent as a peer mentor and student representative at the University of Kent, coupled with other experience gained from varying engagements will be instrumental in ensuring smooth organisation and facilitation of programs as well as collaboration with the entire BSU populace.  Happy to serve, always. Ke a leboga. Pula!!!

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Kingsley Dintwe

Region: Manchester

School: Manchester Metropolitan University

Course: Economics and Finance

BSU email: bsurep.mcr@gmail.com

Bio

I am a final year Economics and Finance student at Manchester Metropolitan University. I completed my A-levels at Al-Nur school in 2017. After my freshman experience in the UK, I was keen on improving the Botswana student community’s interaction and making sure most of the issues we face are relayed to the High commission and our sponsor, DTEF. This was the reason I had a stint as the committee President. I am back as a regional representative as I believe this will help ease the process of voicing concerns and communicating with the committee

Thapelo Mothatego

Region: Oxford (Includes Reading, Southampton, Guildford and Buckingham)

School: University of Oxford

Course: PhD Materials Science

BSU email: bsurep.ox@gmail.com

Bio

Greetings! My name is Thapelo, a 2 nd year PhD student working on Laser Physics applications. Prior
to the start of my PhD, I completed MEng Materials Science and Engineering at Imperial College
London and A Levels at Cardiff Sixth Form College. Do get in touch if you have any questions about
anything to do with living in the UK or settling in. I would also be happy to share some tips I picked
up over the years should you seek academic/professional advice such as exam preparation,
university applications and graduate schemes. I am pro knowledge exchange so of course any other
discussions are welcome. Aku-sacrifices on Lichess.org if you’re into that. Many thanks!

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Atang Ramadi

Region: Birmingham

School: Aston University

Course: BSc Logistics with Supply Chain Management

BSU email: bsurep.brum@gmail.com

Bio

My name is Atang Ramadi and I am your Birmingham Regional Rep. I am currently in the final year of my BSc Logistics with Supply Chain Management degree at Aston University. I did my A-levels in London, and Placement Year in Leeds last year. Throughout my schooling career I have interacted with and formed lasting relationships with people from all over the world, which has made me that much more open minded and receptive to people’s individuality. I’m friendly and keen to assist you with anything you might need help with about university or UK life in general, so don’t be afraid to reach out to me on any platform. 

Jeminah Lotshwao

Region: Sheffield

School: University of Sheffield

Course: BSc Economics

BSU email: bsurep.shef@gmail.com

Bio

Dumelang bagaetsho! Greetings everyone! My name is Jeminah Lotshwao. I am a young lady who hails from Kanye,Botswana. I am currently doing my second year in BSc Economics at the University of Sheffield.I completed my A-levels in 2019 at Rainbow High School.I like to refer to myself as a hardworker.I am passionate about everything that I do.I am a bubbly person who likes to interact with others.Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or just need someone to talk to.I love speaking Setswana,so if you are ever in need of someone to chat with in our language I will be happy to do so.To the Sheffield and Hull community,it is my honour to serve you.

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