Betty Tshepiso Mokoena born to Deaf parents, currently based in the City of Cape Town, working for the South African Parliament as a South African Sign Language (SASL) Practitioner and a SASL News anchor for ETV.
I studied South African Sign Language Linguistics at the University of Witwatersrand in 2000 subsequent to that transcribed and translated Deaf life stories of Gays and Lesbians in South Africa. I furthered my studies at Regenesys Business School completed Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management. In addition to that I have obtained different advanced certificates in Project Management, Presentation skills and Desmond Tutu Women in Leadership program.
I have initiated various advocacy programs for the Deaf communities from 2001 to date. Working along side my paternal Unlce Tumane Mokwena, who was an activist since the dark days of aparthied in South Africa. Officially founded Tshepiso Mokoena Foundation (TMF) in 2012, Board Member of Sign Language Education Development (SLED), and Co-Researched for the University of Cape Town on “Accessibility to Medical Health Care for Deaf people” in Cape Peninsula, South Africa.
Advocating for change and utilising Media to raise awareness and to fight for the light and rights of the Deaf communities of South Africa. This has been my passion and drive from the early days of 2001 at a very young age.
Recipient of the 2013 Professional Fellows Distinguished Impact Alumni Award, commissioned by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S department of State. I am currently studying with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women based in the UK, in the women in business mentorship program.
My Vision for the Future
My Passions: Touching the lives of ordinary citizens with the aim of making a difference.
My Challenges: To know how to deal with obstacles that I experience in my journey of discoveries and to know how to employ strategies that will help me in overcoming my challenges.
My Vision for the Future: I cannot change the World on my own, however with the limited resources I have at my disposal I am determined to make a difference in the communities of Africa!
My Topic Interests
- Economic Empowerment
- Gender-based Violence
- Human Rights
My Region Interests
- Middle East and North Africa
- Sub-Saharan Africa