Makhosi de Wette Dluldla is our latest contributor to the Jabula blog. She’s just published her first book, and we’re lucky enough to get her to share a few of her insights on growing up as a young woman of colour in South Africa.


My name is Makhosazana De Wette Dludla, but you can call me Makhosi. I grew up in a small KwaZulu-Natal village called Kwamagwaza, but that was a long time ago. Now, I work in the marketing department for SABC Television, and I’ve been in the industry for over fifteen years, having been part of the teams who pioneered Heart FM and eTV.

One of the saddest moments of my life was when my mother died of cancer, in August 2001. I thought my life had literally come to an end. It’s not that I have forgotten that day, it’s that I have found so many amazing goals in life to live towards. The incredible thing is that I feel her presence with me, even as I write to you now.

Here I am, opening myself up to you – and I’m hoping that you will do the same with me, and feel completely comfortable.

So, I would like to hear about you – your challenges, fears, hopes, likes and loves – whatever is on your mind, really. I’m listening at [email protected]