- The vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town, professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, was chosen to be on the cover of Destiny magazine - to her surprise
- The professor is an inspirational woman who calls herself @FabAcademic on Twitter
- Professor Phakeng's education started very humbly - under a tree
Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng is a well-known and admired academic. She has been reported to have stolen the hearts of South Africans with her lovely personality.
Professor Phakeng calls herself @FabAcademic on Twitter and she lives up to the name. She was recently chosen as the cover girl for Destiny magazine, much to her surprise.
The charming professor has also very recently been appointed as the vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town.
South Africans were very proud of her achievement and messages of congratulations were sent on social media:
According to a report by HuffPost, the University of Cape Town council chair Sipho Pityana stated that it professor Phakeng has excelled and her achievements are simply inspiring.
The professor also has a BSc in mathematics that she earned at the University of North-West. She also has an MSc and PhD in mathematics earned at Wits University.
The many achievements of the inspiring professor includes awards for her research. She was awarded the Order of the Baobab in 2016.
Briefly.co.za learned that professor Phakeng is the mastermind behind the Adopt-a-learner trust. The organisation is non-profit and gives students from underprivileged situations the opportunity to study by supporting them financially.
News24 reported that the professor had her first teachings under a tree. She had to walk very far just to get to her school - almost 10km.
But today she is an inspiring professor in mathematics.
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