22 May 2018 Photo Supplied
Gosego Moroka recipient of the 2017 Abe Bailey Travel Bursary
Gosego Moroka, recipient of the 2017 Abe Bailey Travel Bursary.

Gosego Moroka, who employs an epitome of un-conventionalism towards his preferred tastes in life, represented the University of the Free State (UFS) on the Abe Bailey Travel Bursary tour in the UK in December 2017. He, alongside 16 other candidates from various tertiary institutions in South Africa, took heed of this opportunity of a lifetime.

The Abe Bailey Trust is a prestigious bursary awarded to young South Africans that focuses on leadership development. Trustees award bursaries to persons with a strong academic record who have shown exceptional qualities of leadership and service to their designated tertiary institutions. “I am someone who is ultracompetitive, and I always look to improve and challenge myself,” said final-year LLB Law student and 2017 UFS-Abe Bailey candidate, Gosego.

Gosego has represented the UFS in Amsterdam, in collaboration with the F1 Leadership for Change programme. He also formed part of the Global Leadership Summit, the University Scholars Leadership Symposium at the United Nations in Bangkok, Thailand, and served as the Community Service Director for the Golden Key – UFS Chapter, and developed and led the Mandela Day Community Service Project. 

Gosego’s tour with fellow bursary holders kicked off in Cape Town, where they visited Robben Island. They then travelled to Ethiopia, and visited the African Union, which he described as “state of the art.” Their next destination saw them in London where he visited the Houses of Parliament, as well as Westminster Abbey. Gosego attended plays including Matilda, and The Lion King, which he deemed culturally significant. The city of Bath, however, stood out as the highlight of his trip. He described it as the most exquisite place on earth. Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace was also on their list of adventures. The group then travelled to Scotland where they toured Edinburgh, which Gosego described as one of the coldest places he had ever visited.

Gosego encourages students to be as genuine as possible when applying for the award. He also added that a big part of success as an individual results from who you surround yourself with. He further urges aspiring ‘Abes’ to mix with people who affirm their dreams.