UKZN BCom student Ms Ntandokazi Buthelezi is passionate about using the power of technology, leadership and entrepreneurship to serve and impact communities positively.
Buthelezi is currently in her final-year of her study specialising in information systems and technology.
‘I was raised by my grandmother who continuously instilled in me the value of a woman having the same work ethic – and more – as that of a man. My choice of career fed into that work ethic and I chose technology because it brings out the creative side in me as well as giving me the ability to continuously discover new ideas and solutions,’ she said.
A young woman in leadership positions, Buthelezi has shown resilience in her role as a Vice-President of Operations for ENACTUS-UKZN championing COVID-19 projects that positively impacted over 1 500 lives, and helping the philanthropic organisation earn the title of 2020 ENACTUS South Africa National Champions.
Buthelezi is also involved in the Women in Tech organisation, an international organisation with a mission to close the gender gap and to help women embrace technology. She leads a development of an AI-based Career Advisor for the youth, working in partnership with the MTN SA Foundation.
‘I am passionate about uplifting women because I know we have the mental capacity to achieve anything and build anything! If we can give birth, create a warm home, and work to make ends meet, then becoming dominant in big spaces is just another exciting challenge we can conquer,’ she said. ‘Uplifting women in the technology space helps me show them they can be creative and innovative and also become strong leaders in the space.’
She is currently a business partner and digital solution’s strategist at Asante Solutions – a digital solutions agency that is a hybrid of digital marketing and technology business.
Words: Lungile Ngubelanga