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Zoleka Mandela

Global Road Safety Activist

Fully committed to her role as a mother; breast cancer survivor and road safety activist, Zoleka Mandela’s life is a story she believes will change many lives.

The unexpected and tragic loss of two of her children; Zenani Mandela (June 11, 2010) and Zenawe Mandela (June 23, 2011) surpassed her early breast cancer diagnosis (March 15, 2012) catapulting her from a journey of pain and struggle to hope, faith and inspiration.

As a product of two legendary icons, former President of South Africa Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and freedom fighter, Nomzamo Winfred Madikizela Mandela, Zoleka’s social responsibility is tremendously inspired by her grandparents and their passion to bring about change.

She envisions the awareness of breast cancer and road safety as by no means an obstacle on her road to extending her project work in South Africa but merely as preparation on her personal journey to counter act the lives lost due to road carnage and breast cancer.

In sharing her story (her upcoming documentary and book which depict her journey from her breast cancer diagnosis to post chemotherapy treatments), she hopes that her life will inspire people to follow many of their dreams despite life’s frequent ebbs and expected flows.

Editor's note: this biography originally appeared on Zoleka Mandela's website.