Tshefu Awonke has made history by becoming the first South African student at the University of Fort Hare to be the recipient of the Mandela Rhodes scholarship. The Mandela Rhodes foundation annually selects between 20-30 students from universities throughout the African continent. The goal of the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship programme is to offer educational opportunities to young Africans with scholastic, intellectual and leadership potential to study at suitable tertiary institutions and to create a network of principled future leaders, with the capacity and will to advance themselves and their countries. The Scholarships aim to give expression to the legacy of academic excellence, leadership, education, reconciliation and entrepreneurship.
Playwright, poet, novelist and activist – Sindiwe Magona is an archetype of South African feminism, self-empowerment and literary advocacy.Born in Mthatha and raised in the sprawling Cape Town township of Gugulethu, Magona transformed herself from a spiritually-defeated domestic worker to a doyen of South African literature, matching her innumerable personal victories with a literary output of astonishing prolificacy and quality. In addition to their ardent championing of African language and culture, Magona’s works are windows to the domestic heartaches and longings of women, not only in contemporary South Africa, but also in the country’s not-so-distant past.