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Lehlohonolo Mofokeng

Lehlohonolo Israel Mofokeng

Nickname: 'Lucky'

Township Education Addict

Currently resides in: Free State, South Africa

Born in Phuthaditjhaba South Africa

Lehlohonolo Mofokeng is a visionary who hopes to see holistic excellence in township schools.

Contact details

M: +2771 580 6067

Business Address

Small St, Randburg, South Africa, 2092

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Educator | Accounting | St Bernard's High School
Bloemfontein, South Africa | 2016 - present

Academia, Education and Training

I teach Accounting and Business Studies.

Contributing Writer | Mail & Guardian
Johannesburg, South Africa | April 2015 - present

Online Media, Internet and E-Commerce

I write on education-related issues, with a particular focus on township schools.

Contributing Writer: News24 Voices | News24
Johannesburg, South Africa | July 2014 - present

Online Media, Internet and E-Commerce

I write on education-related issues, with a particular focus on township schools.

Previous Position(s)

Chief Invigilator | Examinations and Graduations | University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg, South Africa | May 2015 - June 2015

Academia, Education and Training

Overseeing the smooth running of the May/June examinations.

Substitute Teacher | Free State Department of Education | Lekhulong Secondary School
Bloemfontein, South Africa | February 2014 - June 2014

Academia, Education and Training

Preparing lessons for the grade 10 Business Studies learners.
Designing assessment tools such as research presentations, controlled tests and home works.
To see to it that each one of his 186 learners were inspired to learn.

Examination Assistant | Free State Department of Education | Free State Department of Education
Bloemfontein, South Africa | December 2013 - December 2013

Academia, Education and Training

Checking and controlling scripts before being handed to chief markers.
Checking that all marks obtained by candidates were correctly recorded and added up.

UFS101 Learning Facilitator | Center for Teaching and Learning | University of the Free State
Bloemfontein, South Africa | 2013 - December 2013

Academia, Education and Training

Providing the first year students with the opportunity for clarification on concepts they had difficulty in understanding.
Preparing the study material and learning activities for tutorials.
Marking the students’ formative assessment activities.

Accounting Marker | Centre for Accounting | University of the Free State
Bloemfontein, South Africa | 2013 - November 2013

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Marking the first year students' accounting scripts.

Fund raising Director | Treasury | Golden Key International Honour Society
Bloemfontein, South Africa | September 2011 - September 2012

Academia, Education and Training

Co-coordinating fund raising activities such as sponsorships.

Educational history


Mookodi Senior Secondary, Phuthaditjhaba, South Africa (2009)


University of the Witwatersrand

Johannesburg, South Africa | 2015 - 2016

M.Ed - Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Successful Instructional Leadership Practices in Challenging Circumstances: A Case Study of One QwaQwa Township Secondary School.

University of the Free State (UFS) / Universiteit van die Vrystaat (UV)

Bloemfontein, South Africa | 2010 - 2014

Bachelor of Education (Hons) - Policy Studies and Governance in Education

The aim of this course is to equip the students with the theoretical skills pertaining to policy development and challenges thereof.

University of the Free State (UFS) / Universiteit van die Vrystaat (UV)

Bloemfontein, South Africa

Bachelor of Education - Accounting and Business Management


Shortlist and nomination

New Academic Tutorial Programme | 2011

Tutoring Assessment in the faculty of Education (UFS)

media exposure

Express Newspaper | 2014

The story was about obtaining the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship.

Student Leverage Magazine | 2014

The contributing writer on education-related issues.

OFM Radio | 2014

Blogging on education-related issues.

Mail and Guardian | 2010

Giving account on the developments of the F1 Leadership for change program at the United States of America.

Express Newspaper | 2014

Opinion piece

Express Newspaper | 2014

Opinion piece

Competitive Accomplishments

Top 10 | Human Rights Desk Essay Writing Competition | 2014

Academic Achievements

Recipient of the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship | 2014

The Mandela Rhodes Scholarships aim to help in building leadership excellence in Africa. A Mandela Rhodes Scholarship is more than a bursary, though the costs of Scholars are generously covered during their period of study. The Mandela Rhodes Foundation offers young Africans who exhibit academic prowess as well as broader leadership potential an educational opportunity unique on the continent. While pursuing their chosen post-graduate degree, each Scholar benefits from access to leadership development programmes, rooted in the principles underpinning the Foundation.

In addition to the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of fellow-Scholars that spans the continent and academic disciplines, they become part of a wide-ranging network of young Africans of excellence who are expected to play leadership roles in their fields and societies in the years following their time in residence.

University of the Free State Kovsie Dux Award: 2nd Ruuner-up | 2014

These awards acknowledge students who have demonstrated excellence in academics, leadership and contribution in co-curricular activities, institutionally, nationally and internationally.

Other Achievements

A featured Writer: Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa | 2014

My article on why learners in township schools (schools facing multiple deprivations) choose to do Math Literacy instead of Mathematics was featured in this magazine.

Invited to give a talk at University of the Free States' Commicio's end-year function | 2014

Student Affairs Citizenship Award | 2014

Citizenship Awards are given to students who have impacted positively to student community and beyond, through their projects.

Brightest Young Minds delegate | 2014

Brightest Young Minds was founded in 2000 with the vision to create a platform that showcased the potential of South Africa's brightest young minds in order to fast track their development for the benefit of country.

South African Ambassador of the International Student Festival in Trondheim, Norway | 2014

This is a project for those who want to be a part of ISFiT in their own country. Ambassadors in a nutshell market the festival so that as many students as possible become aware of what it stands for.

Awarded the Student Achiever Award | 2013

The Student Achiever Award is given to students who have represented the University of the Free State at different local and international organisations.

The top 100 Brightest Young Minds summit participant held in Johannesburg, South Africa | 2013

BYM seeks to create a platform that showcases the talent of South Africa's students and future leaders. The initiative provides the chosen few with a unique opportunity to be exposed to, challenged and inspired by some of the country's current visionaries, business leaders and captains of industry.

Young Ambassador @ Africa Leads | 2012

The GRLI Ambassador community is composed of dedicated young people below the age of 35 who embrace the GRLI’s vision and are committed to sustainable human progress. Ambassadors are students and young professionals from across the world - anybody interested in the GRLI’s work can become a member.

Delegate at the International Student Festival,Trondheim Norway | 2013

ISFiT is arranged every other year, and each festival has a theme related to social and political topics with international relevance. The festival is held in the city of Trondheim, Norway. Here, over 450 students from all over the world gather to attend 17 different workshops and take part in the festivals culture program. ISFiT is a non-profit organization and is brought to life with the efforts of more than 400 student volunteers.

Winner of Beyers Naude essay writing competition | 2012

A winner had to show a deep understanding of how social cohesion can be attained despite the legacies of apartheid in South Africa.

F1 International Leadership for change Program participant to go to the United States of America | 2010

Students are selected on the basis of strict criteria focused on their commitment to learning, academic record, leadership abilities and student life participation.



South African Council for Educators

Member, 2014 - present

SACE is the professional council for educators, that aims to enhance the status of the teaching profession through appropriate Registration, management of Professional Development and inculcation of a Code of Ethics for all educators.

Golden Key International Honour Society

Member, 2011 - present

Golden Key International Honour Society is the world’s largest honour society. We connect high-achieving individuals locally, regionally & globally with lifetime opportunity, reward & success. The Society focuses on academic excellence, leadership development and community service.


Faculty of Education

Volunteer, 2011 - 2011

Formed part of cohort from Faculty of Education that provided extra classes to Grades 10-11 on Fridays and Saturdays in Beinsvlei Combined School (Accounting).

Pioneers of Brilliance

Co-Founder, 2013 - present

Through Pioneers of Brilliance, twelve of the learners I taught at Lekhulong Secondary School were invited to the 2014 graduation ceremony of the University of the Free State as a way of inspiring them.

Pioneers of Brilliance

Co-Founder, 2013 - present

Four of Pioneers of Brilliance mentees have successfully registered as students in the faculties of: Natural and Agricultural Sciences, Social Sciences, Law and Education at the University of the Free State

RAG Community Services

Fund raiser , 2011 - 2011

As a RAG Finalist I collected money for Bloemfontein East Intermediate School.

Golden Key International Honour Society (UFS Chapter)

• Leader of Golden Key’s fundraising portfolio which secured a sponsorship deal worth of food parcels for Talita Cummi , 2012 - 2012

Golden Key International Honour Society (UFS Chapter)

Donor of food parcels to Talita Cummi and House of Compassions Orphanages, 2012 - 2012

Lekhulong Secondary School

Tutor at Lekhulong High School, March 2013 - August 2013

I was offering Accounting tutorials to grades 10-11 on Saturdays

Pioneers of Brilliance

Co-Founder, 2013 - present

Pioneers of Brilliance aims to inspire young people to want to achieve. We do this by holding motivational and information sessions.

Other Activities


Medium bowler, 2008 - present

Lehlohonolo is an avid cricket player.


Mrs Rene Pelser

""He immediately struck me as a strong-willed, dedicated person who clearly plans his future carefully and sets out with great enthusiasm and effort to reach his goals. He is extremely hard-working, self-disciplined and ambitious, as is proven by his excellent study record"." - 2014

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