Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans – 2018 Edition
Politics & Government

Sindisiwe Ndlovu (33)

Protocol officer, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Art, Culture, Sport and Recreation

Sindisiwe Ndlovu has been involved in regional political structures since 2003, when she was 19 years old. A member of the Young Communist League, she is the personal assitant for the MEC of sports, art, culture and recreation in KwaZulu-Natal Bongiwe Nomusa Sithole-Moloi, as well as a provincial executive committee member of the ANC Youth League in KwaZulu-Natal.

Ndlovu is passionate about community life. “I do not have a child of my own, but I play a role in helping many of the children in my extended family, especially those who no longer have parents,” she says. “In our community I have worked with different youth organisations, both political and non-political.” Ndlovu’s line of work enables her to move around KwaZulu-Natal, where she interacts with many different community stakeholders.

Passionate about politics, Ndlovu is inspired by struggle hero greats. “The people who have inspired me most are Mam’ Albertina Sisulu and Mam’ Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. I have learnt a lot from these women politically and socially. They have proven that you can be any person you wish to be,” she says. “They have shown that your age, background and political challenges do not hinder any progress you want to achieve in life. They were also able to maintain their homes and keep them warm regardless of the situation that was happening to them. They managed to raise their children and also participate in the struggle to fight apartheid.”

Ndlovu is also inspired by her boss, MEC Sithole-Moloi. “Getting a chance to work with her made me to understand the lives of people who went to exile, and their passion for this country. She is a wife, mother, ANC PEC member, member of parliament and an MEC, but she always finds a way of balancing all these roles that are entrusted to her with a smile.”

Her ultimate dream is to see a South Africa that is safe for women and children, with equality in healthcare and education. “We need to have a South Africa where schools and hospitals can have same facilities, regardless of the area and the status of the school, so that there will be no class barriers in our communities,” she says. — Aaisha Dadi Patel