Zodwa Mkandla Biography | Background | Age | Children | Businesses | Marriage To Ginimbi | Politics
Zodwa Mkandla is a Zimbabwean entrepreneur who was previously married to the late socialite Genius Kadungure.
Zodwa Mkandla was born in Bubi, Matabeleland. In a 2014 interview with Daily News, she said that she is a member of Uebert Angel’s Spirit Embassy. Additionally, Zodwa stated that she is the godmother to Tanzanian singer Diamond Platinum’s eldest daughter.
Zodwa Mkandla was born on 3 February 1972.
She has two daughters namely; Precious and Melisa.
Marriage to Ginimbi
Zodwa Mkandla and Ginimbi ended their marriage in 2017. While they were reportedly married under the Marriages Act, they never had a formal white wedding. In a 2018 interview with The Standard, Zodwa mentioned that she prefers not to discuss her personal life and relationships. She acknowledged the breakup with Ginimbi but emphasized that there are no ill feelings between them, and they maintain regular communication.
Before attending school in Harare to advance her education, she studied at a location named Mqwassini. She currently possesses a diploma from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Despite her parents’ wish for her to become a teacher, Zodwa chose to pursue a career in the tourism industry after being introduced to Nelson Samkange, who worked in that field. Initially, she worked as a receptionist for a travel consultant before eventually leaving to establish Traverze Travel in 2003.
Traverze received a profitable contract for managing the government’s foreign travel bookings, but the tender was eventually awarded to East Town Holdings, owned by Mary Chiwenga, in 2018.
On July 28, 2021, Zodwa Mkandla was appointed as a member of the Resource Mobilisation Committee by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The committee’s main responsibility was to raise funds for Zanu-PF’s various activities, including preparations for the 2023 elections.
Phillip Chiyangwa served as the committee’s chairperson, with other members including Anthony Pote, Pedzai Sakupwanya, Tafadzwa Musarara, and Evaristo Mudhikwa.
Involvement in Parallel Market
In September 2019, Zodwa Mkandla’s company was among five businesses that had their accounts frozen by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. The freezing of accounts was due to their involvement in fueling parallel market trading and causing significant damage to the local currency.