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Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng Is More Than Just A Sex Therapist

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Women deserve sexual pleasures too and Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng is never tired of being an advocate for the sexual satisfaction and liberation of her fellow women. Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng is a very popular name as she is the commissioner for Gender equality in South Africa. Apart from her work as commissioner , she is notable for being a sex expert who co-hosts the television show called “Show Me Love” and also writes for the “Sex Talk” column. She also runs a women’s clinic in Sandton and very recently released a book titled “Dr T: A guide to sexual health and pleasure”.

Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng
Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng

Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng is a South African medical doctor and owner of a private reproductive clinic in Johannesburg. Her areas of specialization include clinical care, advocacy training, public health policy and content creation. She obtained her medical degree from the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2007. She has appeared as a host on two episodes of “The Cure” which is a global Heath series that shows on Al Jazeera and is also the deputy chairperson of the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition of South Africa (SRJCZA). Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng is more than just a sex therapist who offers sex advice to women but is also an advocate for sexual and reproductive health. She believes that sexual health is more than just having sex but goes farther to a deliberate understanding and control of one’s body. Her advocacy also covers the members of the LGBTQ community especially in South Africa where she claims they are not exposed to sexual health services.


It’s quite fascinating that a person can dedicate their whole life to giving sexual health education and when asked about her inspiration to go down this career path, she said that as a medical student, the departments of Family medicine, Gynaecology and Community medicine had always fascinated her and she had simply devoted herself to projects within these departments. While in medical school, she had set up the first youth friendly clinic in Kwa-Zulu Natal in 2008 as a part of her rural community project and after graduating medical school, she had spent 4 years working with women and children in government clinics. Not only is she passionate about reproductive health but she also knows her onions!


In 2016, she was listed in the Mail and Guardian 200 young South Africans in 2016 and also a winner of the “120 under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders”. She received this award at the United States of America where she also spent time at the John Hopkins University where she attended a lecture by Professor Mosley. She was also listed as the most influential South African by Avance Media in 2017 and 2018 consecutively.


One of Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng’s primary concern is the gender inequality that exists  even in conversations about sex. In her opinion, there is a second-rating of women’s sexuality and sexual desires. This is evident by the fact that most research and literature on sex are focused on the male species portraying the male pleasure as more important than female’s. Because of this, Dr Tlaleng is making it known loud and clear that Women deserve sexual pleasure too especially in her recently released book. Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng’s advocacy extends to sex workers as she has repeatedly affirmed that “Sex Work is Work”. In fact, she is the vice chairman of Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) boards.


Her book Dr T:A Guide to Sexual Health and Pleasure has a 4.78 rating on good reads and is available on amazon and in libraries and book stores around you. The book talks extensively on the female anatomy, health related issues, the pleasures of sex and sexual and reproductive rights of women.

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