DR. MAKAZIWE (MAKI) MANDELA – was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on the 1st of March 1954. She grew up in Soweto, Johannesburg and is the eldest daughter of Evelyn Mase and Nelson Mandela.
After matriculating from High School in Swaziland, she went on to study for her BA degree in Social Work at Fort Hare University in the Eastern Cape, and then her Honours Degree in Sociology at the University of Natal in Durban. In 1984, she received a Fulbright Foreign Scholarship and a Fulbright Distinguished Fellowship Award to study at the University of Massachusetts in the US for a Masters in Sociology and a Doctorate in Anthropology.
She has had a full and chequered career that has involved working in several other countries, and holds directorships in Nestlé SA among others. She has presented numerous papers over the years, including the role of women in a changing South Africa. She has been intricately involved in developing a substantial investment portfolio within Nozala, a womens investment group, and using these funds in the economic upliftment and empowerment of women in South Africa.
She has worked for a number of academic institutions in South Africa and abroad. She spent a number of years working for the Development Bank of Southern Africa as Executive Manager Corporate Services. Prior to that, she worked for Spoornet as General Manager Human Resources.
Dr. Makaziwe Mandela previously sat on the Boards of Rand Water Services, Myriad Medical, Envirosev and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. She is also a consultant in training development and life skills at Self Empowerment International. Dr. Mandela is currently the Chairman of House of Mandela, a business that she started with her daughter Tukwini Mandela in 2010
TUKWINI MANDELA – was born in the Eastern Cape in December 1974. She is the oldest child of Dr Makaziwe Mandela and has three siblings Dumani, Kweku and Adjoa. While her mother was away studying at university, Tukwini, along with her siblings and many cousins, was raised by her grandmother Evelyn until the age of 10. In 1985,shortly before her 11th birthday, she moved with her mother, father and siblings to the US as her parents had received scholarships to further their studies.
The US proved to be quite an experience for Tukwini and her brother Dumani, as they spoke no English at all. In six months however, they were old pros. After matriculating from Amherst High School, Tukwini joined her mother in Kenya and lived there for six months.
She finally returned home to South Africa in 1994 where she obtained her degree in Social Work at Wits University, and a certificate in Account Management from the AAA School of Advertising. She went on to work for two advertising agencies, Leo Burnett, and Foote Cone and Belding where she managed accounts such as Coca-Cola, Procter and Gamble, Sasol and Kellogg’s.
Tukwini then joined First National Bank, one of South Africa’s largest retail banks, as a Communications Consultant in the Advertising Unit where she consulted internal clients on marketing and communication strategies, project management, management of budgets, development of advertising campaigns and the development of the Advertising Department’s operating processes.
Tukwini moved on to work for RMB Private Bank as a marketing consultant, Nortel Networks (UK) as a Marketing Specialist for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Absa as the Head of Marketing for Absa Wealth and Private Bank. While in the UK,she studied at the London College of Fashion. She is currently the Marketing Director for House of Mandela, a business that she runs with her mother
Dr. Makaziwe Mandela.