Wits PhD graduate tells her story - Have to read.
Mamokgethi Rosina Phakeng was born on the first (1st) of November 1966 in South Africa, Ga-Rankuwa (Pretoria). She was initially married to Richard Setati from 1988 to 2007. Currently, she is married to Madimejta Lucky Phakeng, who is also an academic.
Growing up in a place such as Ga-Rankuwa and defying the odds successfully is what can be defined as excellence. It is important to also state that, Rosina Phakeng comes from a family of intellectuals. Her mother, Wendy Mmutlana was a primary school teacher, while her father, Frank Mmutlana was one of the first black South African broadcasters for the SABC.
Rosina started her early education at Ikageleng Primary and after successfully completing her matric, got accepted to study a BSc in pure mathematics at the University of North West. Continuing with her studies, she completed a MSc at the University of Witswatersand in mathematics education. Then, in 2002, she became the first black woman in South Africa to obtain a PhD in mathematics studies.
Not many people are aware of this, but Rosina's PhD success was not simple. While at Wits, she was working full-time and had a family to raise. Moreover, she had financial struggles while also having no social life because she had to focus on her academic goals.
Today, she is the vice chancellor of the University of Cape Town (UCT) which is the number one university in the country. This position has been held by other powerful women, such as Precious Moloi-Motsepe.
Phakeng is absolutely one of those individuals who took the South African flag higher. She is super inspirational and a great example of what women can do in society if they give their all. Every girl child in Mzansi deserves to know her story, for it is valid and can be good for motivation.
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