Mum’s the word today

Nhlanhla Nciza with her mother, Elise Mafu
Nhlanhla Nciza with her mother, Elise Mafu

Ntombizodwa Makhoba spoke to three local celebs to find out how they are honouring their loved ones on Mother’s Day


Being a mother means you have to make a lot of sacrifices. Sometimes you have to make tough decisions to ensure that your children are happy. This is one of the life lessons Nciza says she has learnt from her mother, Elise Mafu.

Although she won’t be celebrating Mother’s Day with her, because she will be working, she says this day is important to her because it’s a day to celebrate her “queen”.

Nciza, a mother of three boys, says: “Being a mother comes with a lot of challenges. I have to make hard decisions sometimes and being appreciated on this day means a lot me.

“My mother has taught me to humble myself, never to look down on people and always respect everyone, irrespective of who they are or what they have.”

These are the same values that Nciza is trying to instil in her sons: Nkululeko (14), Thamsanqa (13) and Luvuyo (3).

Nciza adds that, in her demanding industry, one is always on the road and her mother has played a huge role in raising her boys when she is not around.

Asked whether she was expecting gifts from her boys, she says: “My eldest son always goes out of his way to spoil me and I know my little one will bring me a Mother’s Day card from crèche. I can’t wait to see what they’ll surprise me with when I come back home in the evening.”

Minnie Dlamini and her mother, Queen Dlamini PHOTO: drum magazine


Humility, self-worth and unconditional love is what has shaped Dlamini to be the woman she is today – all values she has learnt from her mum.

“From my mother, Queen, I have also learnt how to be a strong and independent woman. I can’t wait to be a wife and mother, so that I can take a few pages out of my Queen’s book,” she says.

Dlamini believes Mother’s Day should be celebrated because we often take our mothers for granted and forget to say the simple things like “thank you” and “I love you”.

“So I’m glad a day is set aside so that we all remember to show our appreciation. In all honesty, it should be celebrated every day,” she says.

For Dlamini, Mother’s Day means celebrating the woman who raised and gave birth to her.

Her mother loves flowers and today her house in Durban will be filled with her favourite blooms.

“Unfortunately, I’m not around this year, but my dad always takes her out for dinner and I would definitely take her out for a spa treatment when I return,” she says.

On previous Mother’s Days, Dlamini has bought her mum a pair of diamond earrings. Although she declined to reveal what they cost, she says they were “so expensive”.

“My mum loves jewellery, so this was the best gift I’ve bought her,” she says.

Dineo Moeketsi and mum Kgomotso ‘KG’ Moeketsi


Moeketsi says Mother’s Day means an opportunity to reflect and pay homage to “the village of women who raised us”.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to celebrate them even more. We get extremely caught up with the business of day-to-day, so much so that a day like Mother’s Day makes you pay attention that much more to the beautiful mother who upholds the fortress that is you,” she says.

One lesson she has learnt from her mother, radio personality Kgomotso “KG” Moeketsi, is to cherish herself.

“I’ve learnt most of my lessons from my mother by observing her, as every little girl does,” she says.

Although she will also be working today and not spoiling her mum, she will be dropping off a gift. “I will be
adding a new scent to my mum’s treasured perfume collection.”

But the bottle – she still hasn’t decided which to buy – will probably not be as loved as the home-made artwork, mugs and flowers she bought her for Mother’s Day when she was a child. These, she says, were her mother’s all-time favourite gifts.

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