Makaziwe Mandela

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Makaziwe Mandela
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Makaziwe Mandela-Amuah talking in a press conference during Miss World 2007 in Sanya, China
Pumla Makaziwe Mandela

(1954-05-01) 1 May 1954 (age 68)
EducationWaterford Kamhlaba
Alma materUniversity of Fort Hare
University of Massachusetts
Spouse(s)Camagu Balfour (divorced)
Isaac Amuah
Parent(s)Nelson Mandela
Evelyn Mase
RelativesThembekile Mandela (brother)
Makgatho Mandela (brother)
Zenani Mandela-Dlamini (half-sister)
Zindzi Mandela-Hlongwane (half-sister)

Pumla Makaziwe "Maki" Mandela-Amuah (born 1 May 1954)[1][2][3] is the daughter of Nelson Mandela and his first wife Evelyn Mase.

Early life and education[edit]

Makaziwe Mandela was born into a family of chieftains. Her father Nelson was a direct descendant of the holders of the kingship of the Thembu people and was himself the heir of the chieftaincy of Mvezo. His grandson, Makaziwe's nephew Mandla, eventually succeeded to the latter title.

She is named after her older sister, born in 1947, who died aged just nine months. Of the four children born to Nelson and Evelyn Mandela, Makaziwe is the only one still living and the only one to outlive their father.

She received her secondary education at Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa before going to the University of Fort Hare in South Africa. In 1993, she earned a PhD in Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, in Amherst, Massachusetts.[4]


She has held senior posts at the University of the Witwatersrand and the Development Bank of Southern Africa, and now heads the Industrial Development Group (IDG), with interests in mining and petroleum.[5]

Personal life[edit]

She was married to Camagu Balfour with whom she has a daughter, Tukwini Mandela (1974) and a son, Dumani Mandela (1976). They were later divorced.[6] She is married to Dr. Isaac Amuah, who is of Ghanaian origin, with whom she has two more children, sons Kweku Amuah (1985) and Adjao Amuah.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Makaziwe Mandela born to Nelson Mandela and Evelyn Mase – 1 May 1954". nelsonmandela. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Genealogy". Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory. Nelson Mandela Foundation. Archived from the original on 16 January 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  3. ^ McGregor, Liz (5 May 2004). "Obituary: Evelyn Rakeepile". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  4. ^ "University of Massachusetts Honors Nelson Mandela With Honorary Degree". University of Massachusetts. February 2006. Retrieved 22 January 2008.
  5. ^ "Media release" (PDF). Myriad. October 2006. Retrieved 31 December 2006.
  6. ^ "Genealogy – Nelson Mandela Foundation". Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Mandela family feud turns ugly". Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  8. ^ "Mandela's will - who gets what". The Mail & Guardian. 27 May 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2021.