Kopano Matlwa

Student health activist

Kopano Matlwa's beautifully nuanced portrayal of two very different young women growing up in the new South Africa in her novel, Coconut, won her the 2007 European Union Literary Award at the tender age of 21. But Matlwa's gifts do not end with all things literary. Since primary school she has wanted to become a doctor and is in her final year of medicine at the University of Cape Town. During her varsity stint Matlwa established Waiting Room Education by Medical Students (WREMs), an organisation that educates patients on health issues in student-run mobile clinics. She now sits on the WREMs board in preparation for a new executive after she leaves university. In 2005 she represented South Africa as part of the Goldman Sachs Global Leaders programme. � Lynley Donnelly

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