‘Makhotso Moiloa is the Executive Manager for USAF Operations at the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA). She is also the founding trustee of the FountLife Trust in her birth country of Lesotho. She is a graduate of Suffield Academy in Connecticut, Clark University in Massachusetts, Rhodes University, and, Wits University in South Africa. Her academic background is in International Relations concentrating in African politics, as well as in Journalism and Media Studies.
Having attended the first US high school to mandate full technology adoption – Suffield Academy – the world of ICT and development was never far from her mind. Prior to taking on the USAF Operations task, ‘Makhotso was charged by the Board with the development of the National Strategy on Universal Service and Access Report (2014) as the organization’s turnaround strategy and response to the South African National Development Plan. Taking from this work, the country’s much hailed SAConnect Broadband Policy was developed and adopted by Cabinet.
‘Makhotso was recently appointed to serve on the ICT Governance Committee of the Tshwane University of Technology, one of South Africa’s foremost technical universities. She is regular invitee to speaking fora on the Continent through the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO), Intel and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Her greatest dream is to establish a network of private schools similar to Suffield Academy to benefit the poor and vulnerable. These schools will be underpinned by technology and connected to a large network of public schools. Noting budgetary and other environmental challenges, the immediate focus is to secure funding and replicate the model across the African Continent towards the sustainable generation of 21st Century teachers, teaching practices and workforce.
“education is the only inheritance I can give you that no one can ever take from you” ‘Mants’ekhe Moiloa