College of Agriculture, Engineering
and Science (CAES)

Meet Our Graduates – Thandi Ngxongo

Join us for a monthly zoom talk given by one of UKZN’s high-flying graduates of the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science.

THANDI NGXONGO talks about THE PROMINENCE OF MENTORSHIP– “Learn from a mentor. Be a mentor to others”

Thandi Ngxongo is a farm girl from Mooi River, a Chemical Engineer by profession and a UKZN MBA Cum Laude graduate and PhD candidate. She has vast experience in Engineering at senior management level in the Petrochemical industry. Thandi is an inspirational leader who strives for growth and excellence, and is driven by her passion to serve in business by inspiring people, and by contributing meaningful work to different communities. Thandi is the Founder and Director of Thandekile Projects Pty Ltd, which has grown to have four portfolios:

  • BP Moore Road Petrol Service Station, Pick ‘n Pay Express and Wild Bean Café
  • Residential and Commercial Property Investment
  • Thandi’s Kitchen
  • uThandekile Foundation: Community Empowerment Projects, Mentorship and Coaching,
  • and STEM Advocacy Thandi collaborates with different stakeholders to inspire greatness such as UKZN, eThekwini Municipality, Google Digital Skills for Africa, and Howard FET College.

Thandi is a proud, passionate and a skilled Mentor, being one of 30 mentors for the Google Digital Skills in Africa (GDSA) mentorship programme. She has mentored and coached vast numbers of young engineers and is an advocate for women in STEM. She is also a founder of the Women with Drive Committee, which creates platforms for women in business and leadership to engage, encourage, support, inspire and recognise excellence. Thandi strongly believes in equal rights for all and enough for everyone. She is a public speaker who advocates for women and youth empowerment, equal opportunities, wealth creation and a balanced lifestyle. Thandi is a wife to Menzisi Ngxongo and is blessed with three children.

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