Thapelo Mokoatsi grew up in the small cattle farming town of Hoopstad in the Free State. He studied BA Honours in Africa Studies at the Centre for Africa Studies at UFS. He recently completed his Africa Studies Masters’ research on the topic: “Caught Between a Ballot and a Bullet: Case-study of Post-colonial Politics of Guinea and Guinea-Bissau”.
While he was in Grade 11 at Tikwana (Hoopstad) Comprehensive School, where he matriculated, he won the 1st Prize in the Royal Society of South Africa National Essay Competition on the topic: “How do we become good neighbours to animals on Earth.” He is currently a Research Assistant to Zubeida Jaffer, Publisher of The Journalist.
Thapelo aims to write his PhD on the history of Hoopstad because he has found gaping holes in black history. He says; “ Our side of the story is under represented in the archives.”
This was a discovery he made while undertaking archival research for the Bevoi Social Movement, the NPO he co founded with contemporaries from the University of the Free State (UFS) and the University of Limpopo.