Emmerentia Ledwaba

University : University of Mobile. Alabama,USA ’07
Degree : Business Management
Hometown : Pietersburg, South Africa
Currently : Working for BP
Biography : With the assistance of Miles & Associates and the African Youth Development Fund (AYDF), basketball has helped take Emma “Diesel” Ledwaba from the dusty streets of Pietersburg, South Africa to obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from the University of Alabama (Mobile) in the United States.Emma started playing basketball at the age 14 and went on to matriculate from Pinelands High School in Limpopo. From there Emma studied for a short while at the University of Cape Town where her basketball career blossomed. Emma was assisted by Miles & AYDF from there and received guidance and assistance in transferring to Three Rivers community college in Poplar Bluff, Missouri.Prior to 2003 when Emma accepted a scholarship from Three Rivers CC, she represented South Africa’s National Senior Women’s team where she won the Most Valuable Player award and was also the Campus Basketball League All-Star and MVP in 2000.At Three Rivers Community college, Emma was known for dominating the backboard. During her two years there she received awards for being the team’s top rebounder and she maintained the highest field goal shooting percentage on the team. These achievements along with her good academic standing at the institution contributed to her being voted as team Co-Captain in her final year.From there Emma received an additional two year scholarship to the University of Alabama (Mobile) where she transferred and continued her successful basketball and academic career. Emma graduated with a 3.0 GPA from the university with a degree in Business Management.Returning to Johannesburg in 2008, Emma now works in the marketing department at BP Southern Africa. Emma is the epitome of a scholar athlete and a role model for young girls all over the world but specifically from the townships of South Africa. Miles and AYDF have been privileged to have been a part of Emma’s experience and look forward to watching Emma as she further develops as one of South Africa’s future leaders.
  “Being the first Black South African to go to America on a basketball scholarship was intimidating because I knew that my success or failure would affect whether other South Africans got the same type of opportunities in the future.”
– Thabo Letsebe

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