Athambile is the nGAP (New Generation of Academics Programme) lecturer at the University of Pretoria’s Education Faculty. She is currently¬†doing her PhD on Noni Jabavu’s memoirs and life story as a way of questioning the erasure of black women in South Africa’s literary historiography. Her writing is largely concerned with centering women’s lives and stories. She is a writer and blogger and her work has appeared in Prufrock, Sable Literary Magazine, Mail and Guardian, Daily Dispatch, The Sunday Independent, Huffington Post (in isiXhosa) and The Journalist. After her Masters in Education at Rhodes University (as a Mandela-Rhodes Scholar) Athambile was an English teacher in Cape Town and Johannesburg. She spoke at a TEDxWomen conference in Cape Town about her experiences as a high school teacher. Athambile is a board member of Thope Foundation (an after school programme exposing primary school girls based in Khayelitsha to STEAM opportunities). In 2010 she was selected for the Mail and Guardian’s 200 Young Leaders in the education category.

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