In the late Eighties, Swazi-born Zandile Nzalo arrived in Johannesburg on the back of a truck with just her suitcase, a duvet cover – and steely determination to realise her dream.
Unfazed by her less than glamorous entry to the City of Gold, all she cared about was making a success of the presenting position she’d been offered at Radio Bop (the station operating in the erstwhile homeland of Bophuthatswana). And it’s this same hunger for success that she now teaches young people through FindYoFayah – an initiative she describes as her purpose.
Radio was the beginning of a broadcasting career that later saw her transition from content production to senior corporate roles at Channel O, loveLife (where she was General Manager, CEO and Media Director) and the Association for Communication & Advertising, among others.
Nzalo (45) is the founder and CEO of Zanenza Communications, a company that started out offering PR services, but has evolved into a consultancy which provides intelligent communications solutions for clients such as the MTV Africa Music Awards, Standard Bank and the Department of Human Settlements. The business also offers enterprise development, media coaching, sponsorship facilitation, event management and the 16-month-old Zanenza Decor Hire.
A stickler for detailed growth plans, Nzalo’s in the process of creating an empire out of Zanenza Holdings. She says it’s a process that’s awakened her passion for facilitating dialogues about the survival and growth of black-owned businesses beyond the SME phase.