Mbaliyezwe Madikizela, affectionately known as ‘The Madam Herself, iMbokodo Engathintwa’, a goal-driven and multi-talented young woman, who graduated Cum Laude and with the Dean’s Merit Award, at the Durban University of Technology’s (DUT’s) Virtual Autumn Graduation ceremony on 27 May 2021, with her Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering.
Despite her exceptional results, she encountered grave challenges in her Master’s journey. After submitting her proposal, she was held back by 18 months trying to resolve issues with her laboratory equipment, thereafter three months of lockdown added to the delay.
“If it was not for these unanticipated delays my Master’s research would have been completed within 12 months,” she said.
Apart from her Engineering background, she has a passion and vast experience in radio presenting and is fascinated by TV presenting. Her love for media birthed a desire to make this passion alive by undertaking media and TV as electives during her undergraduate studies.
Mbaliyezwe is also a striving entrepreneur and the owner of a B&B in Westville called The Madam Herself B&B. She is also the founder of Izwi LeMbokodo (Voice of Women) where women get together and have robust intergenerational dialogue.
Owing to her humanitarian nature, Mbaliyezwe is involved in outreach initiatives around the province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), through her foundation called ‘The Madam Herself.’
“This foundation seeks to add value to less fortunate young women and girls, furthermore, inculcate a sense of hope to the marginalised,” she said.
A vast portion of the income that is generated through her B&B is channelled to projects that seek to empower the youth, in particular, young women and girls.
She is currently in the process of concluding her PhD application for Chemical Engineering.
Pictured: Mbaliyezwe Madikizela