Born eKomani, raised eQonce and educated in Makhanda – Mathabo is a proud multi-talented small-town Eastern Cape native, whose roots are currently in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her eclectic career path includes success in advertising as a digital marketing strategist, child development practice, a noted performance practitioner and international award-winning best-selling children’s author for the picture-book, WANDA. She is a Sociology and Drama and Performance Studies major from Rhodes University and her postgraduate interest is in unpacking the South African classroom as a space of citizenship. A Programme Officer at the Jakes Gerwel Fellowship since 2021, Mathabo is also a content producer & host for #JGFAmplified, a Jakes Gerwel Fellowship podcast which seeks to build community through amplifying the vision and voices of innovative educational leaders, practitioners, and learners in South Africa. “Reconciling the body, mind and spirit” is the reverberation which is the impetus behind all that Mathabo does. She prides herself in attracting and curating great playlists, enjoys watching live music and theatre performance, learning about the African visual art scene, growing in community and lives for her gifts to amount to children being confident in their voices and chosen identities.