Mbali Ntuli

Federal chairperson: DA Youth

This bubbly and well-spoken graduate of Rhodes University is a prime example of what Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille calls "growing our own timber�. In 2008 Ntuli graduated from the DA's Young Leadership programme, which serves as a finishing school for the best and brightest the party can find. Two years later 23-year-old Ntuli was elected to the party's youth leadership � the second in charge to be exact. It was an easy choice. As head girl of Wykeham Collegiate, a private school in Pietermaritzburg, Ntuli won accolades for public speaking and leadership and went on to win the local mock junior presidential election in 2004. While studying politics, psychology and sociology Ntuli founded the DA Student Organisation in Grahamstown and, soon afterwards, became DA youth chairperson in KwaZulu-Natal. She is also a debating trainer for loveLife and was chosen as the Investec Young Women in Finance Graduate in 2009. � Mandy Rossouw

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