Dr Gomolemo Mokae


Gomolemo Mokae was born in Ga-Mokopane. He was the last of the eight children born of a Methodist minister, Reverend Modisagarekwe Michael and Lotlamoreng Elizabeth Mokae. His parents migrant missionary life took him across the vastness of the Limpopo Province. Mokae's tertiary education was aquired at the University of Natal Medical School, now Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, where he took the MB ChB degree. Dr Mokae thereafter served his internship at Baragwanath Hospital (now Chis Hani Baragwanath) and started a general practice in Soweto before moving on to Ga-Rankuwa. He is an ardent and active promoter of African langauges.

Author, medical doctor and political commentator, Dr Mokae writes in English and Setswana. He has had numerous literary works published and television dramas broadcast. The published works include Masego, Short, not tall stories, Kaine le Abele, The secret in my bosom and Nnete ke serunya. The TV dramas Gaabo Motho, Lisenethini - It’s a goal and The secret in my bosom were broadcast by the South African Broadcasting Corporation. Mokae has received numerous honours for his literary works and social activism: the Vista (university) Prestigious Award; the Bertrams V.O. Literature of Africa Award; the African Achievers’ Award from Ekhaya Foundation; Maskew-Miller-Longman’s African Heritage Literary Award; the Nation-Builder Award from Batho Batsho Bakopane (“B3”) and the Professor Alexander Petrie Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts and Humanities from the University of Natal.

In 2003, Vista University awarded him an honorary doctorate for his literary works and for his political and social activism. The following year, the institution conferred on him a scholastic Ph.D. for this biographical study of former ANC guerrilla Robert McBride.