The ANC is set to give Dr Thandi Ndlovu a special official provincial funeral; this was revealed by Jessie Duarte, deputy secretary-general of the party during the late Struggle stalwart’s and construction mogul’s memorial service held yesterday in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni. He said “We did ask that comrade Thandi be specially honoured by the government, and she is being given a special funeral, provincial, and we are very grateful to the government for doing so because she deserves it.”

The Gauteng government however said the matter was yet to be finalised. The premier’s spokesperson Vuyo Mhaga said “The matter is still being discussed, nothing has been finalised. Permission must be sought from the presidency, only then can we confirm and provide details.”

The deputy secretary-general of the ANC explained that Ndlovu died in hospital on Saturday following a crash that claimed four lives. She was on her way to a funeral in Rustenburg, North West. “Yesterday we were still trying to understand what we have lost, many of us. So it is a moment of celebration but also a moment to reflect.” He said he met Ndlovu when she was secretary of the party’s women’s section in Lusaka during the apartheid era.

Duarte disclosed that Ndlovu was trustworthy, he said this was an MK [Umkhonto weSizwe] soldier who trained for three years in southern Angola in a camp. . she was sent to further training in Moscow. She was a completely trained ANC cadre by the time she came home in 1990. “when we lose somebody of this calibre it is very hard. We can only hope that what Thandi has left behind . in the construction industry will grow and other women will reach that particular level.”

Andile Nomlala, Black Management Forum president hailed Ndlovu as a meticulous entrepreneur who, unlike many politically connected entrepreneurs, didn’t depend on black economic empowerment to enrich herself; instead built her construction company Motheo from scratch through her blood, sweat and tears. He said”She said there is no substitute for hard work and there is no success through a short cut.

Dr Thandi Ndlovu, who tragically passed away following a car accident that claimed four lives on Saturday; she was a woman who dared to challenge the status quo venturing into industries that have been male dominated. Ndlovu was a medical doctor turned businesswoman. In 1999, she entered the construction industry, setting up The Motheo Construction Group, which became one of the industry’s most respected players.

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