Mamokgethi Phakeng

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Prof Mamokgethi

Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng was just earned the top job at the University of Cape Town and while efforts were made to discredit her before she'd even applied for it, she has proven that she need not say a word in her defence - her excellent academic record spoke for itself.


2002 : Phakeng obtained her PhD in mathematics education from the University of the Witwatersrand.

2002 - She served as the president of the Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa until 2006

2004 - Founded the Adopt-A-Learner Trust which aims provides educational and financial support to disadvantaged youth in their educational endeavours.

2016 - Former President Jacob Zuma conferred her with the Order of the Boabab in Silver for her excellent contribution to the field of mathematics education and representing South Africa on the international stage through her outstanding research work.

2017 - After a gruelling process she got the top job as the vice chancellor of one of the best higher education institutions in South Africa - the University of Cape Town.