Lebogang Mokwena

Researcher, Centre for Policy Studies

Lebogang Mokwena is already carving a name for herself in research and academic circles, historically dominated by men. She is well read and travelled. Her academic achievements include a master's degree in poverty and development from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. She also completed studies in law and politics at the University of the Witwatersrand. In 2004 Mokwena was the first black female student at Wits to receive the Yusuf Dadoo prize, which is awarded annually to the top undergraduate student in the department. She was later awarded the Joe Ebrahim Prize for the top honours student by the same department. Mokwena, the youngest of six, grew up in a single-parent household in Diepkloof, Soweto. She has a keen interest in literature and writes a column on South African politics for a Johannesburg-based daily newspaper. � Hendri Pelser

Lunch spot: The Salvation, Melville, Johannesburg