She’s not just a pretty face

2017-04-18 06:01
Ziphelele Ndokweni is Mrs SA semi-finalist. Photo: supplied

Ziphelele Ndokweni is Mrs SA semi-finalist. Photo: supplied

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HILLCREST resident Ziphelele Ndokweni is not just a pretty face, she has many notches under her belt and was a semi-finalist in the Mrs SA pageant recently.
Her PR, Steven Brown, sent Fever­ a question and answer paper about her.

SB: Tell readers about yourself.
ZN: I was born and bred in KwaNyuswa - a rural area just outside Hillcrest also known as the Valley of a 1000 Hills.
I’m the youngest in the Radebe family. I’m married to my high school sweetheart, and we have two children. I matriculated from St Benedict’s School in Pinetown, formerly known as Pinetown Convent.
I enjoyed school, it was like my second family as I was there from Class 1 which is now Grade 1 to Grade 12. I graduated with a marketing management diploma, which I studied part-time while working.
My working career started with Peace Players International, then with East Coast Radio where my radio foundation was built. I was with them for three years.
I then worked at Immedia and the Success on Hold Group before moving to Gagasi FM where I developed in my career and as a person. 
I am now in Johannesburg working with Mediamark as creative executive. I love using my imagination to come up with creative ideas to give brand solutions. I also get to learn from the other creatives I work with.

SB : Tell me about the pageant.

ZN: Mrs South Africa (Pty) Ltd is the number one pageant for married women in South Africa and is seen as a women empowerment programme and not a beauty pageant, in the traditional sense of the word.  Mrs South Africa is not the typical beauty pageant. It offers married South African women who have real-life careers, families, and hobbies the chance to compete for the prestigious title of Mrs South Africa. Glamour and sophistication are part of the criteria, but the women who enter and win all have those relatable stories we’re looking for.

SB: Is this your first pageant?

ZN: Yes, I’m a tom boy. I grew up climbing trees, riding my bicycle and baking mud cakes. I’ve always kept my nails short, no make-up. I was very athletic at school and just wasn’t pageant inclined, but I clean up damn good.

SB: What inspired you to enter? 

Z N: It definitely wasn’t about my height, size or beauty. I’m a size 34, 1.68 metres.  I entered because I wanted to challenge myself, I was in a comfortable space. I wanted to do something for me that would empower others. I wanted to share my story, inspire mothers, young women, girls and my daughter and tell them they had what they needed to be remarkable.

SB: What inspires you or keeps you going? 

Z N: I’m inspired by being better. I’m a Christian and I’m inspired by the fact that God created us which means I’m to create… create a better life for myself and others. I’m inspired by TED Talks and watch a lot of TED Talks.
I’m inspired by women like Leymah Gbowee - Liberian Peace Activist, who fight for the vulnerable and Maysoon Zayid – the comedian with cerebral palsy, who was determined to succeed despite her disability.
I’m inspired by fellow women from KZN like authors Phindile Grootboom and Nobuntu Webster and Lynette Ntuli, my sister Thokozani Majola, my mentor Cheryl Wheeler and just people around me that are driven and resilient.

Follow Ziphelele on Facebook and Instagram as  Ziphelele Ndokweni and Twitter - @Zippyndokweni



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