Ndzwana Makaula

Researcher, Office of the Eastern Cape Premier

Most people will not achieve in a lifetime what Ndzwana Makaula has in his 30 years. Born in the small rural town of Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape and now living in East London, Ndzwana holds a master’s in economics from the University of Fort Hare and a Harvard ManageMentor qualification from Harvard Business School.

Now a researcher working at the Office of the Premier in the Eastern Cape under Provincial Youth Development Co-ordination, he is the youngest chairperson of the Black Management Forum (BMF) in East London. Previously a researcher in the Eastern Cape Planning Commission, he was part of the team that developed the Provincial Youth Development Strategy and led the development of its implementation framework, which was approved and adopted in 2015.

Makaula has written and presented papers at numerous local and international conferences, covering a wide range of issues pertinent to South Africa today, including education and human development; the financial sector; leadership and management; economics and SMME development. In 2016 he was selected to represent South Africa at the Brics Youth Summit in India, where he also presented on skills development and entrepreneurship.

From recognition such as Most Inspirational Gentleman on Campus at university, to National Young Professional of the Year 2016 by the BMF, Makaula has both his professional direction and his leadership bases covered. He is a public speaker Division E Provincial champion, and has achieved the level of Competent Communicator under Toastmasters. He is a member of the World Academy of Researchers, Educators and Scholars in Business, Sciences, Humanities and Education, and is also the member of the Brics Youth Forum. One simple self-scribed motto drives this young man to success: “Think and apply, for as long as we can think, we can adapt — life is that easy”.

— Linda Doke

Twitter: @Ndzuana