Hamba Kahle to construction tycoon Thandi Ndlovu. A pioneering woman that changed the built environment of South Africa.
Ndlovu died in hospital on Saturday from injuries sustained in a car crash while on her way to a funeral in Rustenburg in the North West province.
Messages of condolence have poured in on social media with many describing the business tycoon as a strong woman who believed that anything is possible.
Ndlovu, a well-known community activist and social commentator, was the chief executive of Motheo Construction Group.
While working at the Vereeniging train station, Ndlovu became aware of the plight of the people in Orange Farm. It was at Orange Farm that Ndlovu, a trained doctor decided to open her practice. She soon realised that most of her patients’ ailments were related to their living conditions.
This realisation would inform her decision to start her construction business, Motheo Construction. Her leadership and acumen would see her appointed as president of the Black Business Council for the Built Environment.
President Cyril Ramaphosa took to Twitter to offer his condolences, saying: “I mourn the devastating and sad loss of a most formidable pioneering and leading woman of the construction industry. I will miss her courageous spirit. Dr Thandi Ndlovu – may her soul rest in peace.”
In a statement, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said: “We are deeply saddened by the news that Dr Thandi Ndlovu, one of the brightest stars that illuminated our country’s path to freedom … South Africa has lost a compassionate patriot and highly impactful leader whose work positively influenced many sectors of society.”
hamba kahle Thandi Ndlovu, a phenomenal woman.