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Prof. Thuli Madonsela



hulisile Nomkhosi Madonsela was born in 1962 in Soweto. Her parents, Nomasonto and Bafana were both traders. She obtained a bachelor of Law from the University of Swaziland in 1987 and three years later, an LLB at Wits University.


She then started working as an assistant teacher at her former school, Evelyn Baring High School, and taught from 1980 to 1983. In 1984 she entered the legal profession as a legal and education officer at the Paper Printing Wood & Allied Workers Union where she worked from 1984 to 1987.

Since 1987, Madonsela has worked in several government departments, civil society organisations, and academia. She has, for instance, lectured law at Wits University; been the presiding officer at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC); worked as deputy director at the Justice Department and held the position of managing director at the Office of the Status of Women in the Presidency.


On 19 October 2009 Madonsela was appointed Public Protector by President Jacob Zuma for a non-renewable seven-year term. She was the only full-time commissioner in the South African law Reform Commission at the time. Of all her achievements and high-profile positions that she has held, it is the Public Protector position that most put her in the public eye. During her tenure she investigated several high-profile cases, including the probe into state resources allocated to Zuma’s Nkandla residence upgrade (“Secure in Comfort” 19 March 2014) and the State Capture report (“State of Capture” 2 November 2016).

For her role as Public Prosecutor Madonsela received international praise for her efficiency and professionalism, including recognition by the Daily Maverick, Time, Glamour, ANN7, Transparency International, and the BBC. She left that office on 14 October 2016 and was replaced by Advocate Busiswe Mkhwebane.


An advocate for Gender equality and the advancement of women, Madonsela is a member of South African Women Lawyers Association (SAWLA) and Business Women’s Association of South Africa (BWASA). In 2012, she was honoured with South Africa’s most Influential Women Award. She has authored and co-authored several publications including books, chapter, journals and handbooks on gender management and gender mainstreaming. Madonsela was also one of the drafters of South Africa’s current constitution in 1994.


Dr. Mthunzi Mdwaba


Mr. Mthunzi Mdwaba, the CEO of TZoro IBC, has built his career as a serial entrepreneur, deal-maker and negotiator and was until November 2010, the majority shareholder and Group CEO of Torque IT, South Africa, a world class company dedicated to Computer Technical Training Solutions (with clientele in 27 countries), as well as the Deputy CEO of the Kelly Group.


He was previously one of the Vice Presidents at Business Unity South Africa (“BUSA”) the apex business organization in South Africa, responsible for the Unisectoral sectors and the Americas and led the largest Business delegation into the UK.

He led the discussions at the BRIC/IBSA representing BUSA and made numerous presentations in Rio, Brazil before SA was invited to join the BRIC countries together with the dti led by the Honourable Minister Davies. He also participated in the Presidents’ meeting in Brasilia leading to the eventual BRICSA.


Professor Mdwaba has also been part of the B20 since the G20 under the French Presidency approximately 9 years ago. He has been part of the Task Forces on Employment throughout the years. Recently, he became one of the co-chairpersons for the Task Force on Employment & Education for the B20 Germany.


He has also been appointed the Chairman of Productivity SA by the Minister of Labour since February 2015.


He was born in the rural village of Coville – Herschel in the Eastern Cape, in the Republic of South Africa, he is a part -time farmer and is a very keen cyclist, having been involved in cycling for the last 15 years. He co-owns the only black owned professional cycling team, Team Abantu, which is one of the most successful in South Africa. He counts amongst friends in the sport, Robbie Hunter, and many others. He has three children and one granddaughter.


Professor Mdwaba has decided to become one of our Patrons and we are so grateful that he wants to support our foundation.




All donations we collect get allocated to the great initiatives run by our worthy beneficiaries:

  •  The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital
    • Weekend Waiting List Project
  • The Christiaan Barnard Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
    • 1000 Hearts initiative