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Lovu Township ‘queen’ is reaching for the stars

With a life motto of ‘strive for excellence’, Nonhlanhla Monica MaKhumalo Jele of Lovu Township is doing just that. In October she started work at the KZN Legislature where she is responsible for writing and issuing media statements, updating and monitoring social media and organising media briefings. She has been trusted with the task of …

With a life motto of ‘strive for excellence’, Nonhlanhla Monica MaKhumalo Jele of Lovu Township is doing just that.
In October she started work at the KZN Legislature where she is responsible for writing and issuing media statements, updating and monitoring social media and organising media briefings.

She has been trusted with the task of being a board member of the KZN Education Forum (formerly Umbumbulu Education). “The forum is an education watchdog to ensure the smooth running of our education system under the Amakhosi leadership authority.”

She was also recently appointed as CEO of a local NGO, OLwendumiso. “We distribute chronic medication and are a pick-up point that works with the Department of Health. Instead of patients flocking to hospitals and clinics, they can collect their medication from us to avoid busfare and the inconvenience.”

Born and raised in Umlazi township, Nonhhlahla attended EMbonini and Hubhushe primary schools and matriculated at Zwelibanzi High School. She obtain a journalism diploma in 2001 and a B tech qualification in 2009 from DUT (then ML Sultan).

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“From as early as Grade 5 my narrative skills were noticed when I did presentations at morning assembly. At high school level, I became the head of the debate society where, together with my late teacher Lungelo Geveza, groomed aspiring young debaters. I coupled this with my class monitoring responsibility.” While in matric in 1997, she was also crowned Miss Sdudla. “I guess I mastered the multi-tasking talent from an early stage of my life.

“I have worked for different media companies, both electronic and print, but the epitome of my career was being employed by Ilanga newspaper as a hard news reporter, where I worked for almost 12 years. I was tasked to do political reporting, which was the first time in the history of vernacular newspapers that a woman was entrusted with a male-dominated political beat.”

In 2014 she ventured in the school shuttle business and catering industry. Nonhlahla has been happily married to Siduduzo for almost 18 years and they have been blessed with two beautiful girls. “During the lockdown I have been working from home, as I only need my laptop and a cellphone to do my daily duties. I’m missing oversight visits though and travelling. My husband is a essential worker and I enjoy cooking and serving him tasty meals when he gets home.”

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