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April 17, 2018 7:33 am Categorised in:

Incoming UCT Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng wants was born in East Wood Prectoria her mother worked as a domestic worker.
Phakeng recalls being sent to live with her grandparents in Marapyane village in Mpumalanga where as a Grade 1 pupil, on days when it was not raining, she would make the trek with her cousin to a rural school. However, she did not stay there long. Her primary school journey also took her to Ga-Rankuwa.

In her 12 years of basic education she attended eight schools.

She completed matric at a rural school in Hebron and enrolled at the University of Bophuthatswana (now part of North-West University) at just 16 years of age.

Her parents warned her that she had just four years to get her degree.

Phakeng, her brother and sister were at one stage all attending university at the same time.

Phakeng wants to create a university culture where young people feel their issues are being heard in UCT

“I might disagree with students on their approach to wanting to deal with this problem, but I understand their struggles,” she told News24 in a sit-down interview on Monday.

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