Duduzile Shezi

Duduzile Shezi is currently in the business of property investment, focusing on multi-lets and the development of low-cost housing and affordable student accommodation strategies. It is a new direction in her working life, which has generally been in education and human development.

She taught for 17 years. In 2005 she was hired as Assistant Director: Training Coordinator, planning and overseeing the delivery of curriculum to staff members working with over 200 American volunteers. Two years later she accompanied her husband to Vietnam when he was appointed to establish a Defense Ministry office to establish trade relations between the two countries. Elected the Spouses’ Coordinator, she raised funds to assist in flood-stricken rural areas of the country, promoted the South African World Cup and engaged in charity work with the expatriate community.

On her return to South Africa, she worked for the literacy NPO Molteno, setting up partnerships with donors, including the Roger Federer Foundation, reaching over 30 000 learners in Limpopo and Tshikululu Social Investment, on a First Rand-funded four-year project impacting over 20 000 learners in Free State.

Molteno seconded Duduzile to the Department of Basic Education to conduct an audit nationally on policy successes, challenges and recommendations.

In 2016 Molteno conducted retrenchments, and she was among those who left. But retrenchment did not deter her: she completed certificates in Early Childhood Development, Project Management, Strategic Management Principles, Entrepreneurship and Family Business Strategies – useful in her current occupation.