Young leaders fly Bay’s flag.

TWO Port Elizabeth leaders will fly the city’s flag high after being accepted into two US programmes that will fatten their already impressive CVs.

Numb City administration coordinator Amy Shelver will jet off to the US as part of US President Barack Obama’s inaugural Young African Leaders’ Fellowship.

An excited Shelver, who is one of seven people from the Eastern Cape and the only one from the city, said she was looking forward to “working and networking with other movers and shakers from the continent”.

“I will represent the youth in PE who are working to create a space and a city we can stay in and be proud of,” she said.

Shelver, along with the 45 other South African young leaders selected, will be in Johannesburg today for a meet and greet.
They will start the programme with an induction in Washington, before going off to Dartmouth College where she will be doing a course in business and entrepreneurship.

“I applied for the networking aspect more especially,” she said.

Shelver, who has been a player in the city’s media and public relations circles, said she hoped to return to effect change in the Bay.

“I am passionate about creating a competitive city that people want to create and invest in. What happens in Nelson Mandela Bay is a microcosm of what is happening in South Africa and the world.
“We have a lot in common with Detroit in that out of malaise comes innovation. I am really looking forward to the new ideas.”

Shelver said she was hoping to meet Obama.

“There is a large online lecture element too, plus a direct dial to an industry mentor.”

Story by – Zandile Mbabela mbabelaz@timesmedia.co.za

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