South Africa Report, By Jim Geltch, CEO Nuffield International and 1986 Scholar
Photo Caption: The Farmer Exchange, Nuffield Scholars and emerging RSA farmers
The Nuffield Scholars who participated found the experience very rewarding, but importantly it unearthed Thato.
However, there was one important ingredient missing before Thato could apply for a Nuffield Scholarship. That was an investor who was willing to invest the considerable funds in making a scholarship available to a South African.
Shaun Cawood, Managing Director of Northern Star, a RSA agricultural development company, had attended the 2015 CSC in France after being invited by Bill O’Keefe, Nuffield Ireland Chair. Bill had met Shaun at a Rabobank Global Farmer Master Class in The Netherlands and Shaun was so impressed with the Nuffield program, he committed the funds for a South African Scholarship.
Photo caption L-R: Selection Panel, Shaun Cawood (MD Northern Star), Kelvin Meadows (Canadian Chairman and 2011 Scholar), Thato Moagi, Allison Lea (2004 UK Scholar) and Jim Geltch, NI CEO
Thato’s award has been a catalyst for Allison Lea, who sat on the selection panel, and Doug Hutton-Squire, 2009 UK Scholar domiciled in RSA, to endeavour to compile a list of Nuffield Scholars living in RSA. The intent is to establish set up a small website, with a South African focus, to create awareness and galvanise support for an RSA Nuffield Trust.
This is a great initiative by Alli and Doug which NI will give as much support to as possible.