Zindzi Mandela Biography
Zindzi Mandela (Zindziswa Mandela-Hlongwane) was born on 23rd December 1960 in Soweto, South Africa. She is a South African ambassador to Denmark and the president of Mandela-Msomi Trading Enterprises
In 1985 her father was offered a conditional release by the South African president, PW Botha. Her father’s reply could not be delivered by her parents and Zindzi was chosen to read his refusal at a public meeting on 10 February 1985.
Zindzi Mandela Age
Zindzi Mandela (Zindziswa Mandela-Hlongwane) was born on 23rd December 1960 in Soweto, South Africa. She is 58 years old as of 2018.
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She has the following siblings;
- Zenani Mandela – Sister
- Makaziwe Mandela-Amuah – Sister
- Makgatho Mandela – Brother
- Thembekile Mandela – Brother
Zindzi Mandela Early Life
Her father (Nelson Mandela) was sent to prison when she was 18 months old. During her youth Zindzi was often left in the care of her older sister Zenani Mandela when her mother was sent to prison for months at a time.
In 1977 her mother was banished to the Free State and Zindzi lived with her. Zindzi was not able to complete her education until she was sent to Swaziland. Eventually her mother was allowed to move back to Soweto.
Zindzi Mandela Family
She is a daughter to Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela Mandela. She has been married twice and has four children by her first husband. Her children are Zoleka Mandela, (1980), Zondwa Mandela (1985), Bambatha Mandela (1989) and Zwelabo Mandela (1992). She married her second husband, Molapo Motlhajwa, who was a member of the South African National Defence Force in March 2013
Zindzi Mandela Education Background
- She has a Bachelor Degree in Law- English literature and politics from the University of Cape Town.
- She attended Waterford Kamhlaba College.
Zindzi Mandela Career
- 2008 – Present: President of Mandela-Msomi Trading Enterprises
- 2007 – Present: Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Zendj Holdings.
- 2006 – Present: Public Relations and Marketing at Luendo Holdings (Pty) Limited.
- 2004: South African ambassador to Denmark.
- Non-Executive Director at Primovie.
- 2008: Partner at CLAZ Ventures.
- 2004 – 2008: Business Development Director at MHMJ Concepts.
- 2000 – 2004: Managing Director at Zee Zee Promotions.
- Director at MHMJ Concepts.
- Director at LoveLife.
Zindzi Mandela Controversy
In 2011 she is said to have agreed to arrange a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao to coincide with her fathers birthday.
The match did not take place and the boxing promoter Duane Moody sued successfully for a US court to order that she pay $4.7m, plus costs, in damages to Moody. Mandela-Hlongwane was expected to appeal.
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She Is the South African Ambassador to Denmark
Zindziswa, who goes by Zindi, was born in Soweto and serves as her country’s ambassador to Denmark. According to her Twitter page, she currently resides in Charlottenlund, Copenhagen. Although Zindsi’s arrival to Denmark was delayed, she was confirmed as the South African ambassador in March 2015.
In early March 2015, South African newspapers began reporting that Mandela’s boyfriend at the time “did not want to move with her” to Copenhagen. Mandela, herself, however, adamantly denied the claims.
Zindzi is the youngest daughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela. She was born and raised in Soweto, South Africa, and spent a number of years “involved in South Africa’s freedom struggle and has embraced roles in the arts, philanthropy and business,” according to Mandela Legacy.
In 1985, she earned her BA from the University of Cape Town. She has been involved in many philanthropic efforts over the course of her career: Zindzi worked at Operation Hunger in the 80s, she is a Trustee of King Luthuli Transformation Center for Non-Violence, she is a member of the Advisory Board of LoveLife, she is a Trustee of the Progressive Sport and Recreation Development Trust, and she is a member of Lord Robertson’s Commission for Global Road Safety, leading the ‘Zenani Mandela Campaign’.
She Has Been Married Twice
Zindzi’s first husband was Zwelibanzi Hlongwane.
She married her second husband, Molapo Motlhawja, when she was 52 and he 37. Motlhajwa is a member of the South African National Defense Force.
Interestingly, Zindzi was asked many questions about her parents’ marriage after their separation. Eventually, at age 34, she explained to news outlets that her parent’s relationship would be ending in divorce. Speaking to Thandy magazine, The Independent reports her as saying that her mother still loved her father, but they did not have time to see one another, and it was as if they “don’t exist for each other.”
She Has Four Children
Zindzi has four children: Zoleka Mandela, (1980), Zondwa Mandela (1985), Bambatha Mandela (1989) and Zwelabo Mandela (1992).
Zoleka, Zindzi’s oldest, is a writer and activist. She has spoken out for many causes, including sexual abuse which she says she was a victim of as a child, as well as her addiction to drugs and alcohol.
In 2011, her 13-year-old daughter, Zenani, was tragically killed in a car accident while returning home from the opening concert at the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
In 2013, according to the Times Live, Zoleka released a book When Hope Whispers, in 2013. In it, she writes about how she was hospitalized for a suicide attempt not long after her daughter’s death.
Zoleka was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. According to Times Live, she faced another cancer scare in 2016, but is “determined to beat the disease.”
She Was 29 When Mandela Left Prison
Zindzi has followed closely in the footsteps of her father. She was only 29 when her father left prison. In an interview with The Telegraph, she explains, “For a long time after his release there was a lot of bitterness,” she said. “I never, ever imagined my father being president. I imagined him coming home and having a normal family life. When he came out of prison we only had a few moments with him as a family, before the reception committee joined us. I realized, ‘He’s still not mine.’ I always joke that at least when he was in prison I was guaranteed two visits a month.”
Zindzi was just 18 months old when her father was arrested and sentenced to life in prison. She tells the outlet about her first memory really meeting her father, saying, “I was 18 months and so afraid. I was waiting in the car with my sister at night outside Pretoria prison and there were hostile, uniformed men around. My mother had brought my father his favorite dish, a sort of lasagne made with soured milk and she was gone the longest time.”
She Is the Author of ‘Black as I Am’
Along with her many other accomplishments, Zindzi is the author of Black As I Am, a collection of poems. The book, which includes pictures by Peter Magubane, was published in 1978. According to Goodreads, Zindzi wrote the collection of poems at age 16.
A businesswoman on top of her aforementioned jobs, Zindzi has worked as the managing director of Zee Zee Promotions, director of Ster-Kineor, President of Mandela-Msomi Trading Enterprises, Director of Zendj Holdings, and is the founder of Mandela Legacy Inc.