Education 2018

Piroshin Moodley (30)

Piroshin Moodley (30)

Child rights and education specialist, Hope is Education International

Coming from a family of teachers gave Piroshin Moodley the ability to see the importance of quality education as a “most basic human right”. This insight has lead him to work in child rights and education among some of the world’s most marginalised children. Moodley...

Alude Mahali (31)

Alude Mahali (31)

Research specialist, Human Sciences Research Council

Knowing that each day she knows more than the day before is the inspirational force that drives Alude Mahali, research specialist at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) in its Human and Social Development Programme. With a doctorate in cultural studies from the...

Simphiwe Madlanga (32)

Simphiwe Madlanga (32)

Science communicator

Serial student and proponent of continuous learning, Simphiwe Madlanga believes a great education not only trains the mind but helps people make informed decisions, improving the odds for positive outcomes in their lives. As a geologist working for the National...

Amanda Charles (24)

Amanda Charles (24)

Founder of Ikamva LeAfrika Education Foundation

High school science teacher Amanda Charles has a deep-rooted passion for learning and for helping others to reach beyond their barriers. While studying to become a teacher in the Eastern Cape, Charles investigated the idea of language being a barrier to learning,...

Taahira Goolam Hoosen (27)

Taahira Goolam Hoosen (27)

Lecturer in health sciences education at the University of Cape Town

Beyond the textbook: teaching and empowering, one person at a time. This is the motto health sciences lecturer Taahira Goolam Hoosen lives and works by, whose calling merges teaching and learning with community development to create positive implications for society....

Dawie Bornman (31)

Dawie Bornman (31)

Senior lecturer, researcher and postgraduate supervisor in the Department of Business Management, University of Pretoria

“Don’t die with your music still inside you” is the motto that motivates Dawie Bornman to “think bigger, and never stop pursuing” his dreams. As senior lecturer, researcher and post-graduate supervisor in the department of business management at the University of...

Dr Preya Pillay (29)

Dr Preya Pillay (29)

Lecturer in Curriculum Studies and Social Justice Education, University of the Free State

“Social justice is my passion. Every project I get involved in has to be about empowering people and challenging assumptions about race and gender,” says Dr Preya Pillay. “Gender transformation is important for social cohesion and social justice to the perceived...

Hangwelani Hope Magidimisha (33)

Hangwelani Hope Magidimisha (33)

Senior lecturer and academic leader, Planning and Housing, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Dr Hangwelani Hope Magidimisha is the first black South African woman to achieve a PhD in regional planning from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). With a host of peer-reviewed publications to her name — the latest a book published this year on migration in...

Hleze Kunju (32)

Hleze Kunju (32)

Lecturer, Rhodes University

Struggling because one is not allowed to study in one’s mother tongue is an issue faced by thousands of young South Africans every year. Restricted to using only English when he enrolled at Rhodes University, Hleze Kunju felt like an outsider in his own province —...

Kgothatso Shai (32)

Kgothatso Shai (32)

Acting HOD: Cultural and Political Studies, University of Limpopo

Limpopo born and bred Kgothatso Shai bases his teaching and writing upon what he refers to as the alternative African-centred perspective, to ensure it has positive reflection for Africa in terms of policy theory and practice. As a senior lecturer in political science...

Lethu Kapueja (34)

Lethu Kapueja (34)

Centre manager, DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development

With the world moving towards using knowledge, innovation and inventions as critical drivers of economic growth and development, there is an increasing need for competitiveness in knowledge generation. As centre manager for the Department of Science and...

Dr Lisa Otto (30)

Dr Lisa Otto (30)

Senior researcher and lecturer, University of Johannesburg

Working on under-explored issues critical to domestic and global agendas is just part of a normal working day for Dr Lisa Otto. Just 30 and with a doctorate in political studies, Otto is a senior researcher and lecturer of maritime security. With a special interest in...

Metji Makgoba (28)

Metji Makgoba (28)

PhD Commonwealth Scholar, Cardiff University

Metji Makgoba is an educator who seeks to contribute to South Africa’s transformation agenda by helping train the next generation of critical thinkers in intellectual and enterprise skills so they can use their agency to fight for justice in society. Currently on a...

Mzwendaba Jizani (33)

Mzwendaba Jizani (33)

Maths and sciences tutor, South Cape College

Working hard to better oneself ultimately benefits the community as a whole. This is Mzwendaba Jizani’s determined approach to life, and it has seen him progress steadily through his schooling years in the township of Kwanonqaba near Mossel Bay, to become a science...

Ndumiso Ngidi (31)

Ndumiso Ngidi (31)

Human geography lecturer, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Human geography lecturer Ndumiso Ngidi’s passion for social justice education and transformative education has been largely influenced by specific experiences and events in his life. Losing his mother to a heart condition when he was just 12 months old, and his father...

Nicole de Wet (34)

Nicole de Wet (34)

HOD and senior lecturer in the Department of Demography & Population Studies, Wits University

Demography lecturer Nicole de Wet teaches a scarce skill to social science students who want to learn statistics and quantitative research methods. “Most of the people in my classes are bachelor of arts students who believe that they need to be super-smart to do...

Nomkhosi Luthuli (28)

Nomkhosi Luthuli (28)

Lecturer, University of KwaZulu-Natal: Graduate School of Business & Leadership

“I am driven by wanting to inspire others and by being impactful. I want to know that through my work, I am really adding value and bringing about change not just to myself, but also to the next person and ultimately, society,” says Nomkhosi Hlengiwe Luthuli, the...

Odwa Magabuko (29)

Odwa Magabuko (29)

Intern, SKA/SARAO

“The most amazing thing about robotics is that the only limiting factor for the kids is their imagination,” says Odwa Magabuko, who moved to the Karoo two years ago to start a robotics programme with primary and high school children and their teachers. He obtained a...

Paballo Chauke (27)

Paballo Chauke (27)

Training and outreach co-ordinator, H3ABioNet-Pan African Bioinformatics Network for H3Africa

A self-confessed professional troublemaker, Paballo Chauke says he “grew up in conditions of squalor that made me hungry for success and opportunities to change my life and those around me”. Chauke now works in bioinformatics and is passionate about climate change and...