Obituary: KZN farming mentor dies

2013-01-24 00:00

MATSHITSHI Beatrice Ndlovu (59), a mentor to black farming associations and a former agriculture consultant in the Premier’s Office died on Sunday after falling ill a few weeks earlier.

Ndlovu, who impressed people with her enthusiasm, first qualified as a nurse. Her last nursing post was with an ANC clinic in exile. After the ANC was unbanned, she was elected secretary of the ANC Women’s League in the Midlands.

In 1991 she changed careers, graduating with an agricultural diploma from the C.B. Alexandra Agricultural College in New South Wales.

She later obtained a bachelor of science and a masters degree in systems agriculture at the University of Western Sydney, completing the latter in 2002.

She was a director for the Malibongwe National Development Institute, where she was responsible for training women in agriculture and leadership. She went on to establish Indlovu Agricultural Development Consultants.

Ndlovu also worked in the Office of the Premier, where she was a consultant and facilitated the management of agricultural initiatives.

She went on to work for the National Lotteries Board and continued her work mentoring emerging farmers and assisting agricultural co-operatives.

Born in the Kranskop area, ­Ndlovu did her schooling in Pietermaritzburg, attending Georgetown High and Edendale Technical College.

Her funeral will take place on Saturday at the Pietermaritzburg YMCA, starting at 10 am. There will be a memorial service today in the city hall at 2.30 pm.

Ndlovu leaves two children, three siblings and a number of grandchildren.

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