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Q&A Exclusive: The many faces of Norma Mngoma you never knew

South African businesswoman and philanthropist Norma Mngoma gives NOWinSA the lowdown on the lesser known aspect of her busy life as a no-nonsense businesswoman with several successful business ventures, among them a non-profit organisation providing promising young school children from most needy homes with valuable career guidance.

While a lot has been said and written about Norma Mngoma’s personal life and her fabled public marriage to former South African minister Malusi Gigaba, her now ex-husband, one can be mistaken to think that’s all there is to her, yet this courageous, hard-working woman has been working tirelessly behind the scenes building and growing several successful businesses, once again proving that women have what it takes to build thriving businesses from scratch.

The doting mother of two gave fellow SA businessman and NOWinSA columnist, Zareef Minty, the lowdown on the lesser known aspect of her busy life as a no-nonsense businesswoman with numerous several business interests, among them a non-profit organisation (Norma Mngoma Foundation) providing promising young school children from most needy homes with valuable career guidance.

She also the co-founder of the recently launched World News Holdings.

Who is Norma Mngoma? 

I was born and raised in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. I am a motivational speaker, business executive, founder and owner of Suitably Norma, a suit clothing range board member of the Crystal Hub, I have experience in information technology (IT) and I am the chairperson of the Norma Mngoma Foundation, an NGO assisting school children with career guidance. We also offer bursaries to deserving young academics from previously disadvantaged communities.

Norma Mngoma’s dream for South Africa is to see every child having an opportunity to learn and further their education.

I am passionate about issues that relate to women empowerment in South Africa. My dream for South Africa is to see every child having an opportunity to learn and further their education and women having equal rights and opportunities in their work space those are the things that I am truly passionate about. With that said, nothing is impossible, dream, work hard towards your goals and success will be yours.


What inspires your fashion?

Different colours, fabrics and different emotions


What advice do you have for young females out there ? 

Financial independence is key

Give us three business rules of starting the business of your dreams?

I. Do research about your business 
II. Understand your clientele and your competitors 

III. Be open-minded and teachable in business

Where do you see yourself in the next five years? 

I see myself as a woman who will be breaking the chains of patriarchy by empowering more strong women in my space and do more collaborations with other business people, making more money with people who have the same vision as me in business which is complete success.

Suit up: Norma Mngoma is the founder and owner of Suitably clothing company, Suitably Norma.

Monaco or London? 

Monaco.

What is your favourite fashion brand? 

Christian Dior.

Who do you look up to? 

Different people who are so successful yet humble individuals. 

Name the one quote you live by?

Be your own cheers!

Tankiso Komane
Tankiso Komane
A Tshwane University of Technology journalism graduate, Tankiso Komane has a vast experience in print & broadcast media business and has worked for some of the country’s biggest daily newspapers, including The Sowetan, The Citizen, The Times, and The New Age. Through her varied work as a journalist, notably as a copywriter for SABC1 (On-Air promotions) and as a publicist for Onyx Communications, she has developed an in-depth understanding of the nature of the media business and how to use it for the purpose of exposure. Her expertise in journalism across various disciplines, coupled with a good reputation, has laid the foundation of a new kind "trust in Journalism" as the media ecosystem continues to digitally evolve.
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