Nomakwezi Mzilikazi

Lecturer, department of zoology, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Regarded as Africa's first black evolutionary physiologist, Nomakwezi Mzilikazi has already left her mark in the world of science. Raised in the dusty village of Idutywa in the Eastern Cape � where there was not even a laboratory at her local school � she found herself excelling in the field of biology. An expert on the behaviour of small animals such as the elephant shrew and bush babies, the first microscope she saw was when she arrived at university. With a PhD in hand Mzilikazi was the winner of the first African Women Scientist Fellowship at the department of science and technology's Women in Science Awards in 2003 and was also the first black woman appointed at the department of zoology at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, where she lectures. � Liesl Venter

Lunch spot: The Blue Water Cafe, Port Elizabeth