(Vuyo) Ngwaxaxa was the Education Officer for South Africa’s leading trade
union confederation COSATU.
She completed the MA in Women’s Studies at
Ruskin and created a significant educational and activist legacy in the South
African labour movement before her untimely death in 2008.
Vuyo’s passion was to increase the number of women trade unionists in South Africa engaged in trade union education and to mainstream gender equality initiatives throughout the work of the South African labour movement.
Ruskin was given a significant financial donation to create a scholarship in Vuyo’s name and to maintain her legacy. The scholarship enabled two women from the labour movements of the global south (one of whom must be from South Africa) to join Ruskin as full-time students.