Zodwa Dlamini

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Zodwa Dlamini
Born1963 (age 56–57)
Alma materUniversity of Fort Hare

University of Iowa

University of Zululand

Zodwa Dlamini (born 1963) is a South African scientist and former Republic of South Africa Chief Delegate for the Lesotho Highlands Water Commission.

Early life and education[edit]

Dlamini grew up in the Free State province of South Africa and was educated in the Bantu Education system.[1] She completed her Bachelor's degree at the University of Zululand and an Honors degree from the University of Fort Hare.[1] She was one of hundreds of the African students who attended a US university in the 1980s on a scholarship aimed at identifying leaders of government, education and business post-Apartheid.[1] She received the Southern African Scholarship Program set up by James Freedman, President at the University of Iowa.[1] She moved to Iowa in 1985, starting a Master's degree in Geography.[1] During her degree she worked in the University of Iowa Office of Affirmative Action and cleaned houses.[1] She formed a band (Imilonji) with five other students from South Africa who would perform around campus, in churches and the local hospital.[1] Dlamini remained at the University of Iowa for her PhD, researching the education of homeless children in South Africa, and graduated in 1992.[1]


Dlamini returned to South Africa in 1993 and voted in the 1994 South African election - the first non-racial democratic election.[1] She was appointed head of the Northern Cape Province Education Department.[1] She left in 1996 to form her own consultancy, advising governmental agencies in rural development and education.[1] In 2005 she was appointed Republic of South Africa Chief Delegate for the Lesotho Highlands Water Commission.[1]

In October 2015 Nomvula Mokonyane removed Dlamini from her position as Republic of South Africa Chief Delegate for the Lesotho Highlands Water Commission.[2] This was a controversial decision - Dlamini has over ten years experience in water management, and Mokonyane and the African National Congress have a relationship with the newly recruited LTE Consulting.[3][4] There were no explanations given for her removal.[4]


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  2. ^ amaBhungane. "AmaBhungane: Nomvula Mokonyane's alleged interference in Lesotho water project cited as causing delays | Daily Maverick". Daily Maverick. Retrieved 2018-07-15.
  3. ^ "The ANC's dubious donors". www.inside-politics.org. 2013-05-08. Retrieved 2018-07-15.
  4. ^ a b "Nomvula Mokonyane's Watergate". CityPress. Retrieved 2018-07-15.