𝗖𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗮 𝗠𝗮𝗸𝗶𝘄𝗮𝗻𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗯𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗳𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗻𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮.
She was born in 1880 at the MacFarlane Mission in the Victoria district of Alice in the Eastern Cape. Her father was a teacher and a minister and so she was taught at home before she even entered school. She attended the Lovedale Girl’s School where she obtained a teacher’s certificate.
In 1898, an experimental nurse’s training school was opened for black nurses at the Lovedale Mission Hospital and in 1902 a three-year nursing course was introduced at Lovedale College. In 1903, Makiwane enrolled, even though she had her teacher’s certificate. On the 7 January 1908, after passing her exams, Makiwane was registered as the first black professional nurse.
In 1912, Makiwane took part in what was probably the first women’s anti-pass campaign. In this campaign, a petition was signed by some 5000 black and coloured women in the Free State was sent to Louis Botha asking for the pass laws to be repealed.
She resumed work with the Lovedale Hospital and served the hospital for many years until she was granted long leave due to ill health. She died in 1919 at the age of 39.
A statue of Cecilia Makiwane was erected by the nurses of South Africa at the Lovedale Hospital in 1977 and a hospital in Mdantsane Township in the Eastern Cape has been named after her.
𝗜𝗻 𝟮𝟬𝟬𝟮 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗴𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗮 𝗠𝗮𝗸𝗶𝘄𝗮𝗻𝗲 𝗡𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲'𝘀 𝗥𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗴𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗳𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗵𝗼𝗻𝗼𝘂𝗿.
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