Vukani Traditional Centre

Mama Thokozile Ndlovu was the acting chief of Ofafa village in Ixopo for 25 years. During her tenure, she was responsible for overseeing all community members’ affairs, but the lack of employment opportunities in rural communities inspired her to start her self-help project. Vukani Traditional Centre lies on an area of 6 500 hectares, which covers 11 schools.

Her primary goal is to empower women in her community and make sure that the children have access to education so that her village can rise from poverty and become self-efficient. Her centre includes a piggery, and poultry farm, and she produces crops throughout the year, so she can supply pork, chicken, and fresh vegetables to the local community and school feeding schemes.


CMA provided skills training to 106
Mama transferred skills to 43
Mama provides employment to 10


Bread baking
Cooking & baking
Food gardens
Poultry & egg laying


Joined CMA: April 2007
Children in her care: 1500
Elderly in her care: 1000
Outreach: 2000

Facts about Mama Thokozile

Vukani Traditional Centre
Ixopo, KwaZulu Natal

  • Nationality and Language:
  • Date of Birth:
02 June 1959
  • Marital Status:
  • Own Children:
6 children (adopted)


2011 – Clover Mama Afrika Perfectionist Award – winner
2013 – Clover Mama Afrika / Bernina Sewing Competition – winner
2015 – Clover Mama Afrika / Bernina Sewing Competition – winner
2018 – Clover Mama Afrika / Bernina Sewing Competition – 2nd runner up
2019 – Clover Mama Afrika / Bernina sewing competition – 2nd runner up

“God gave you: eyes, ears, mouth, a brain, and hands – use them wisely and you will succeed.”