A man among princes

2012-08-13 00:00

IN some countries, Nqe Dlamini would be a prince. That’s because it’s something of a tradition that national presidents of the Red Cross are often princes. Like Prince Charles in Britain and Prince Albert in Monaco, both presidents of their respective national Red Cross societies. Dlamini’s met them both, thanks to being national president of the South African Red Cross. A position he’s rather bashful about. “I feel more comfortable at grass roots,” he smiles. “My colleagues here, they know me and my community work background, but abroad they take me very seriously.”

Instead, Dlamini went back to university, to the Pietermaritzburg campus of the then University of Natal — “and I have stayed in Pietermaritzburg ever since”. In 1993, he responded to an advertisement for a community development intern at the Institute of Natural Resources (INS). “I thought if I’m not sure about teaching, I better do something I love.”

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