Mamokgethi Phakeng Biography: Age, Salary, Son, Family, Husband, Qualifications, Net Worth, UCT & Contact Details

Basic Information

Stage Name: Mamokgethi Phakeng
Real Name: Rosina Mamokgethi Phakeng
Occupation: Academic: South African Professor of Mathematics
Date Of Birth/Age:
Place of Birth:  Ga-Rankuwa, South Africa
Gender: Female
Nationality: South African
Marital Status: Married (Madimetja Lucky Phakeng)
Education: University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, North-West University

Mamokgethi Phakeng Biography

Rosina Mamokgethi Phakeng is a South African academic, professor, and current vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town. She holds a PhD in mathematics education from the University of the Witwatersrand – the first female black to do so.

She has worked as executive dean of the College of Engineering and Technology, University of South Africa. She continues as the vice principal of research and innovation in the same institution.


Prof. Phakeng was born in 1966, which makes her 55 years at the time of writing. She will be 56 by the beginning of November. Her birthdays are not usually wild celebratory moments, unlike what many would expect of a woman of her standing.


The professor of mathematics has not one but three sons. Her first son is a bloke known as Tsholofelo and was the result of her first marriage, which failed after almost two decades. She has two other sons by adoption. Her love for her boys is as profound as can be imagined.

She gave a clue about this love in a tweet two years ago, where she noted that being the mother to boys is one of the most important things one can do to change the world, so long as one raises them well – to respect women and to stand up for others.


In South Africa, academics earn decent sums. And those who are high up there, like a vice chancellor, earn even higher. As a professor, Mamokgethi Phakeng might be one of the top earners out there. However, a recent report by Business Tech claimed that she earns exactly R R3,672,852 per annum.

The said sum translates to three million, six hundred and seventy-two thousand, eight hundred and fifty-two rand. By South African standards, that’s a decent sum.


Prof Phakeng has a small family comprising her husband, Lucky Phakeng, herself, her biological son, and two adopted sons.


Mamokgethi Phakeng has had two husbands in this life. She was first married to Richard Setati in 1988. But the marriage ended after 19 years, in 2007. She remarried in 2012. Her second husband is Madimetja Lucky Phakeng. He obtained a PhD in 2019, and she celebrated him on Twitter.


Prof. Phakeng holds a B.A (Ed) in pure mathematics from the University of Bophuthatswana(now part of UNW), a B.Ed, M.Ed and PhD in mathematics education from the University of the Witwatersrand

Net Worth

The celebrated professor isn’t doing badly as an academic. However, her net worth is one subject you will never find her bragging about. Her exact net worth is unclear, but multiple sources put it at $1.5 million.

Contact Details

There are many people who would love to get in touch with the professor. However, as is common among established people and celebrities, her contact details are just not out there. Her email and phone number are private, in which case those wishing to contact her may have to go through the website of the institution where she serves as vice chancellor.

However, she is active on Twitter and might be reached on that platform by a direct message or a mention.

Popular Questions

  1. What is Mamokgethi Phakeng known for?

Mamokgethi Phakeng is an accomplished academic, but she is best known as the first black female South African with a PhD in mathematics education. She is currently the vice-chancellor of one of South Africa’s notable tertiary institutions, the University of Cape Town.

  1. Where was Mamokgethi Phakeng born?

Prof. Phakeng was born in Ga-Rankuwa, a large settlement in Pretoria in the Gauteng province of South Africa.

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