Professor Maggie Linington became aware of the inequalities within South Africa at an early age. “I was privileged to have attended St Theresa’s Convent in Rosebank where debate, especially regarding South Africa and its future, was encouraged and we were exposed to the realities of life in South Africa. I also belonged to the Girl Guides and a youth group that made me aware of the poverty and inequality in the country, as well as of the fundamental right of all humans to be equal.”
Studying towards a BSc in Agriculture at Stellenbosch University pushed her out of her comfort zone and presented challenges which she undertook with enthusiasm. After encountering gender discrimination in the public sector she returned to the field of research and taught at the veterinary faculty at Medunsa. Later she joined Vista University as head of the Department of Agricultural Sciences and after its incorporation into Unisa she took up her current post.
Developing leadership and promoting sustainability and development, particularly in poorer areas are a priority, she believes.