TODAY IN HISTORY: Winkie Direko is born

By Drum Digital
27 November 2014

Isabella Winkie Direko, former teacher, winner of the Bloemfonteiner of the Year Award in 1993 and Premier of the Free State since 17 June 1999, was born in Botshabelo, Bloemfontein.

Direko served in numerous positions in the educational field. She was, among other things, a member of the Council of Vista University and Chancellor of the Free State University. Direko also played a leading role in the Girl Guides Association of South Africa and was a council member of NICRO and the Child Welfare Organisation. In 2001 she obtained a M Ed degree at the University of the Free State.


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