Themba Masondo

Chairman: South African Students Congress, Gauteng

in his teens, in a small village in Giyani, Limpopo, his peers worried about fancy clothes and girls but Themba Masondo was preoccupied with his studies. Since then he has emerged as a top scholar, avid politician and leader, with the will to contribute positively to the community. At Wits Masondo was appointed by the Society, Work and Development Institute as a team leader for a Cosatu survey in Gauteng in 2008. The 24-year-old former Wits SRC president is passionate about working-class struggles and has published a number of insightful papers on unions and other labour-related issues. He recently led a march of 300 students to the ministry of higher education in Pretoria to demand the implementation of free education. In 2010 he was awarded a scholarship by the International Centre for Development and Decent Work funded by the German Academic Exchange Service to work towardsa PhD. � Ngoako Matsha

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