Nice to e-meet you.
I am South African born, and since marrying my husband, I now get to call Australia home. I am passionate about a number of things and if I had to have a list of what I cannot live without, it would easily be:
my family (my reliable, dashingly handsome, and at times annoying husband, Nic; my incredibly talented and witty 8-year-old son, Lwandle; and my spicy yet funny 3-year-old daughter, Ndalo)
yummy food (I know it's weird but cooking brings me so much joy & is a stress reliever for me)
wine (Jesus's mama understood where it was at!)
Seriously, I am just a purpose-fueled overachiever trying to recreate the "village" for the 21st century woman, so she and I can be challenged, inspired and equipped to live our best lives. I believe that women around the world are part of a global sisterhood, even if we don't always feel or act like it. We have so much to learn from each other, and have even more to teach each other.
God helping me, I take my everyday, ordinary life -- my sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life -- and I place it before God as an offering. My prayer is that as I do this, it would encourage and inspire you to do the same.
I am a Black zulu woman born in South Africa who now calls Australia home. My professional experience has included work as a Social Entrepreneur, Author, Musician, and TV Producer.
One of my long-term goals is to open a school or, God willing, a series of schools for underprivileged girls. Core to this is my belief in the critical role of education in empowering youth to rise above their circumstances and realise their full potential. I am living evidence that education – paired with opportunity – can significantly improve the outcomes of young people, especially those of colour.
For the past 20 years, I have pursued my passion for youth, education, and the arts by working with local NGOs such as Multicultural Arts Victoria, through to national bodies like the Foundation for Young Australians, and international organisations such as Global Citizen. In 2007 I co-founded Key Change Music a not for profit who's core purpose was to create positive social change through music.
To help bring meaning to the death of my first child, Zinhle Grace, I founded my company MYZIZI Publishing in 2016. Since then, I have authored two books, “Dear God” and “Let's Eat, Babe”, and created a TV talk show for Viacom (BET Africa), called “Deep & Meaningful”, of which I was the Creator and Executive Producer. In 2017, the show aired across Africa, the US and the UK. In 2018 & 2019, I had the privilege of working with Global Citizen in South Africa. My work included creating a celebrity ambassador program for the Mandela 100 Festival, as well as designing and overseeing an African Fellowship Program funded by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.
I have spent the past 3 years on maternity leave, helping our family navigate the complexity of relocating countries amid a global pandemic. During that time, I have also consulted to a number of philanthropic organisations and published two new Australian authors through my publishing company.