Fatima has been in the educational field most of her life, having lectured at the 1st, 2nd and 3rd year levels in Chemistry at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. She also has secondary school teaching experience, and created content for the ACE (Advanced Certificate in Education) distance-learning project for teachers. She has a Masters degree in Organic Chemistry, a doctoral degree in Applied Environmental Sciences and a post-doctoral degree in Medicinal Plant Chemistry. Her career running a mass spectrometry laboratory, and then part of a laboratory at a Water Purification Organization, halted whilst she nurtured her newborn son. During this time, she embarked on a distance learning media and communications degree. She now Tweets under the name of 'Multi faceted mum' about what she has learnt, accomplished, and experienced while raising her son.