Winning Women | Mamokgethi Phakeng: Finding her comfort zone in maths

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Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng is the first black woman in South Africa to earn a PhD in mathematics education. Picture: Supplied
Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng is the first black woman in South Africa to earn a PhD in mathematics education. Picture: Supplied

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She never knew that mathematics was difficult. For her, it was an escape from everything, it was her hiding place, and when she was introduced to geometry at the age of 14, she just ... got it.

Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, who holds a PhD in mathematics education from Wits University, is professor of the subject at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and is one of only two black women to take on the coveted position of vice-chancellor at the university, following Mamphela Ramphele, who held the post from 1997 to 2000.

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