The youngest daughter of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and Nomzamo Winnie Madikizela was born and raised in Soweto, South Africa.
Educated in South Africa and Swaziland, Zindzi spent many years involved in South Africa’s freedom struggle and has embraced roles in the arts, philanthropy and business.
Zindzi has been involved in philanthropic work as:
• An employee of Operation Hunger in the 1980’s
• A Trustee of the King Luthuli Transformation Centre for Non-Violence
• A Managing Trustee of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund
• And a Trustee of the Progressive Sport and Recreation Development Trust.
• A member of the Advisory Board of LoveLife
• Her contribution as Patron of the Vision In Sight Trust has led to the formation of the “Zindzi Mandela Star of Excellence Award” under the banner of the South African Optometric Association.
• A member of Lord Robertson’s Commission for Global Road Safety, leading the ‘Zenani Mandela Campaign’.
In her business role she is:
• Managing Director of Zee Zee Promotions,
• Promotions and Strategy Development Director of AEDC,
• A director of Ster-Kinekor
• An Executive Director of MHMJ Concepts
• President of Mandela-Msomi Trading Enterprises
• Director of Zendj Holdings
* Founder of Mandela Legacy Inc
In Zindzi’s political career, she :
• Served as Deputy President of the Soweto Youth Congress under the leadership of Oupa ‘Tekere’ Monareng
• Was a member of the Release Mandela Campaign
• Worked with the communities of Weiler’s / Orange Farm to launch the first ANC branch with Tat’ uWalter Sisulu in the 1990’s
• Was recruited by Cde Mshoshovu as an underground operative of Umkhonto we Sizwe and later served in Commander Aubrey Metsing Modise’s unit
Zindzi shares a passion for the Arts and from an early age showed her talent in that field as:
• The lead actor in Alan Paton’s ‘Sponono’
• Juliet in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
• An anchor for the Swaziland Television and Broadcast Corporation.
• The founder of both an events-management company and a record label.
• Writer of a book of poetry ‘Black As I Am’ which was published when she was 15-years-old
• Columnist for True Love Magazine which published ‘Down My Way’ when she lived, for nine years, with her mother in the remote town of Brandfort to which they were banished in 1977
• Winner of the JanusxKorczack Literary Award for “…children who exemplify selflessness and dignity’
• The first Black Female Concert Promoter to host international acts in South Africa
• The composer of a song in tribute to her father which was performed by 27 South African and international acts including Stevie Wonder, Ismael Lo and Chaka Khan. A choir assembled by Quincy Jones and CaiphusSemenya performed the song in Geneva.
• The producer of a documentary ‘Imbokodo’ in celebration of the 1956 women’s march on the Union Buildings
• The co-producer and co-presenter of a six part documentary series called “In Mandela’s Food-prints”
• Worked with Sun International in securing talent and high-profile personalities for the first Miss World in SA in 1994
• She is currently producing a documentary on her mother.
Zindzi is working on a children’s book based on the characteristics of her children and grandchildren.