How being colourblind turned Prof Loyiso Nongxa into a mathematician

Prof Loyiso Nongxa is a trailblazer and an inspiration to many. In 1978, the mathematician became the first black South African to receive a prestigious Rhodes scholarship (now known as the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship) to study at Oxford University. The former Wits vice-chancellor was last year voted in as one of the vice-presidents of the International Mathematics Union.

Jill Adler: the engaged maths scholar

Most academics spend much of their time teaching. But few South African high-school teachers end up becoming world-renowned researchers with an A-rating from the National Research Foundation. Yet, this is what Professor Jill Adler has done. A teacher by training, an activist at heart, she has bucked many trends to become one of the world’s…