Beauty of the Heart offers something new and different from what we already know about Charlotte Maxeke.  It brings fresh data to light on her life and weaves this information into a compelling life story that is neither gushing in its praise nor stingy in its acknowledgement of this remarkable leader. It also publishes never-beforeseen photographs, which allow one to sense and know the subject in ways not evident in previous photographs.

Most of all this book reminds us that even in those dark and difficult days of the late 19th and early 20th century, there was the possibility of hope when moral leaders stood up amidst the desperation of those times and laid the foundation for a new country which would patiently come many decades later. It is a message that, thanks to Charlotte Maxeke and Zubeida Jaffer, we so desperately need to be reminded of today.

Professor Jonathan Jansen
Rector and Vice-Chancellor
University of the Free State