Swati Dlamini Mandela to speak at Dixie State University

Swati Dlamini, left, and Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway, granddaughters of Nelson and Winnie Mandela during an interview in New York, Photo: Bebeto Matthews

ST GEORGE, Utah — In commemoration of Black History Month, Swati Dlamini Mandela, granddaughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela, will deliver a keynote address on the Dixie State University campus about her family’s legacy in building a sense of community in post-apartheid South Africa.

The entire southern Utah community is invited to attend Mandela’s address, which is set to take place at 5 p.m. on Feb. 9 in the Concert Hall of Dixie State’s Dolores Doré Eccles Fine Arts Center. Admission is free. In addition to the speech, Mandela will participate in a meet-and-greet and banquet at 6:30 the same evening in the Zion Room on the fifth floor of the Holland Centennial Commons. Tickets are $50 and available at https://commerce.cashnet.com/WEBDIXIE.

Fighting discrimination is a matter to which the Mandela family is deeply committed. In addition to being the granddaughter of Nelson Mandela, the past president of South Africa, and Winnie Mandela, the former leader of the African National Congress Women’s League, Mandela is the daughter of Zenani Mandela, the ambassador to Argentina.

“We are honored to have such an important international figure as Swati Dlamini Mandela come speak to the Dixie State University community,” Daneka Souberbielle, director of the DSU Multicultural & Inclusion Center, said. “The opportunity to hear firsthand about her family’s work in building community across South Africa and the world is extraordinary and richly adds to the active learning experience at DSU. We look forward to expanding our understanding of inclusion outside our national borders and utilizing that knowledge to strengthen our community in Washington County.”

Mandela, who holds a degree in public relations and marketing from Midrand Graduate Institute, is the founding partner and managing director of Qunu Workforce, South Africa’s leading consultancy in creating equality in the workforce for those living with disabilities.  Additionally, she co-authored the autobiography “491 Days” with the Nelson Mandela Foundation about her grandmother and is working with Mandy Jacobson to co-produce an authorized documentary about the life of Winnie Mandela. The film is set to be released this year in partnership with the Ichikowitz Family Foundation’s African Oral History Archive.

Mandela’s keynote address on the DSU campus is sponsored by Dixie State’s Multicultural and Inclusion Center and the Office of the President. MIC is a student support service established to increase diversity at Dixie State University and enriches campus life through cultural and awareness activities. The center operates under the principle that every person’s unique life experiences enrich campus life and adds a profound element to a true education. To learn more about the Multicultural & Inclusion Center, visit mcdc.dixie.edu.

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