Zanele Ndlovu is an oral storyteller, indigenous music instrument teacher, translator, author of two IsiZulu children’s books, Umakhweyana and Simunye, and also a publisher with the press, Izilimi Zase Afrika. Her books are available as audio books and her debut, Umakhweyana has been translated into five other South African languages: IsiXhosa, Sepedi, Sesotho, English and Afrikaans, and also recently, German.

Zanele was commissioned by Fuel Media to write scripts for a children’s television
programme, ‘Inside the Baobab Tree’ screened by the South African Broadcasting Corporation on SABC 2. She was commissioned by Ochre Media Production to be the IsiZulu quality assurer for the Takalani Sesame road safety project for KwaZulu Natal schools. She has been commissioned by the South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE) to translate teaching modules and develop contextual appropriate materials (African Storybook) for young African children learning to read, particularly in indigenous languages. And was most recently commissioned by wRite Associates to be the IsiZulu fiction adjudicator for the 2019 South African Literary Awards.

Zanele plays various indigenous musical instruments, namely, Umakhweyana (Love-Bow), Isitolotolo (Jaw Harp) and Marimba (Xylophone) and was commissioned by the Morris Isaacson Centre for Music to develop a music theory curriculum for Early Childhood Development Centers. She has collaborated with the ‘FNB Dance Umbrella’ in a production that combined dance, Umakhweyana (Love-bow) and storytelling and has also collaborated with the MIAGI orchestra at the Denise Goldberg House of Hope

Zanele was chosen for the prestigious Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans in 2017.

Zanele is one of the directors of Nomkhubulwane Development Projects (NDP); a non-profit organisation with a focus on two areas of under development in her rural community, namely, education and skills development. NDP is currently building a library as the first response in addressing these areas of concern, to which you can contribute here:

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