From dusty streets – to the top

Rising above her circumstances, Nosiphiwo Mzamo defeated all odds and earned her place among the top women in the country.

Her recent nomination as one of the finalists in the Standard Bank Top Women Awards attests to this.

The Mdantsane-born mother of two said although she did not win the award, coming so far was a huge achievement.

“Who would’ve thought the little girl from the dusty streets of NU 2 Mdantsane would grow up to be ... competing for the same title with company owners and CEOs,” she said.

Mzamo, who has worked as a manager for Mintek’s Mineralogy Division for seven years now, was a finalist in the women public sector leader award category.

She also has 16 years of work experience in the mining industry.

“In my current role, I manage a team of mineralogists.

“I drive both research and commercial strategy of the division towards increasing Mintek’s reputation, using local and international collaborative partnerships. I also manage the operations of the divisions to deliver market growth ...

“I also serve as chairwoman in the diversity forum of the organisation which aims to achieve employment equity ... ”

Mzamo has a BSc degree from the University of Forth Hare and a BSc honours in geology from Nelson Mandela University. — mbalit@dispatch. co.za

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