WOMEN MAKE THINGS HAPPEN
By: Litsa Masuku
2014 marks 20 years of democracy in South Africa. It is the year to look back and reflect at the road travelled by black women who have conquered oppression and suppression from white domination.
After 11 years of serving as a Librarian at the Durban University of Technology, the elegant, sophisticated yet humble Nozipho Majola is one of those extraordinary women determined to fulfil her destiny against all odds.
She hails from Umkomaas, south of Durban and she passed her matric at Kwahluzingqondo high school. She holds a BA degree in Communications Science which she obtained at the University of Zululand, and she also has a Higher Diploma and an Honours degree in Library Science.
Nozipho Majola shares how far she has come as a woman living in South Africa.
“Being raised by a woman who valued education herself is what fuelled me to dream big, knowing that education is key”, she expressed proudly.
In 2003 she joined the Durban University of Technology family after working for 8 years at Mangosuthu University of Technology. Majola has been recently promoted to coordinator of the university’s City and Brickfield campuses.
“It took me a while to get used to occupying a higher position and sharing ideas in the boardroom, especially because I work with men most of the time but as time went by I gained confidence,” said Majola.
“Being a part of DUT has been a highlight of my career, I have been proud to see students progressing and receiving an education. Journalism students in particular are the ones that I’m always looking out for as I have seen one Maud Blose achieving a lot as a student. I worked with her when she was still doing her B-Tech level, and she later found a scholarship to go and study her masters abroad”.
Majola admitted that she didn’t take full advantage of all the opportunities she had because she is far behind other women who are younger than her in age.
“I believe that young people have the power to make things happen for themselves- they must not be limited because even men nowadays seek women who are independent and can be able to meet them halfway,” said Majola.
Majola said she is proud to be a woman and she wouldn’t trade her gender for anything else. “Women are strong and responsible and they make things happen too. I believe that ‘behind every strong man lays a prayerful woman.’ In other words women have an unbreakable backbone that can handle anything”.
The wife of the late former president of South Africa, Gracia Machel is one ‘charismatic’ woman whom Majola highly looks up to. She says she is a dignified, strong and wonderful woman. Majola believes that every woman ought to look up to Machel as there is a lot that could be learnt from her.
“I was inspired by the way she handled herself in front of the media after her husband passed on. She is a woman of few words and does not entertain petty things. I believe she is intelligent and understands the meaning of leadership”, said Majola.
Majola shared that she has a 17-year-old daughter, Luyanda, whom she loves dearly. She is also happily married, which she says came at the right time in her life.
At her heart, Majola is a true softy who is a sucker for romance.
“I like romantic books especially those that talk about the issues faced by women- there is one that I’m currently reading which has powerful motivation for women, and I would encourage every woman to read it”, she added.
The book is titled-I don’t know how she does it, by Kate Reddy.