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2023 McCain Global Leaders Complete Changemaker Tour in South Africa

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The McCain Institute at Arizona State University recently led several members of its McCain Global Leaders (MGL) program to Johannesburg, South Africa as the third stop of the 2023 Changemaker Tour.

The five-day tour, from September 19-24, included six of the 29 total fellows in the 2023 cohort. Participants in the South Africa module came from seven countries in the Africa region: Tunisia, Morocco, Cameroon, Rwanda, Nigeria, Liberia, and the United States.

“These Changemaker Tours are a chance for our Leaders to learn about the past and present issues that threaten democracy around the world. During our visit to South Africa, we had the unique opportunity to learn about the struggle for freedom and the effects it has on their republic today, said Scott Nemeth, assistant director for leadership programs at the McCain Institute.

Centered around the 2023 theme of defending democracy, the McCain Global Leaders met with partner organizations, government leaders, and activists like the International Republican Institute, the African National Congress, and June 16th activist Mr. Mohjalefa Nale. Meetings were also held with McCain Global Advisory Member Advisory Council Member Juliet Mureriwa.

The MGLs participated in cultural activities including visiting the Constitutional Hill, the Mandela Family Museum, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Desmon Tutu’s home, the Hector Pieterson Memorial, the Apartheid Museum, Freedom Park, and Lesedi Cultural Village.

The MGLs also spent time with Kliptown Youth Program, a community-based education organization that provides holistic support and opportunities to the people of Kliptown and surrounding communities.

The next stop will bring the 2023 McCain Global Leaders to Vietnam for their Legacy Experience. Follow along on the McCain Institute’s Instagram and Twitter.


Publish Date
October 10, 2023