Tobeka Zuma Girl-Child Campaign: 7 Important Facts You Should Know


Tobeka Madiba-Zuma Girl-Child Campaign: President Jacob Zuma’s favourite wife Tobeka Madiba-Zuma, on Saturday, once again proved that she has the best interest of South Africans at heart.

The former bank clerk joined the league of Zuma’s wives in 2010 after her traditional wedding with Zuma and has been in the spotlight in recent time.

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Tobeka Madiba-Zuma is President Jacob Zuma ’s only wife who gives fans a glimpse into their private lives. Perhaps, this accounts for why she has over 50 000 strong followers on Instagram.

On several occasions, she proved us right that she is her husband’s biggest supporter and the most preferred of Zuma’s three other wives – Bongi Ngema Zuma, Nompumelelo MaNtuli Zuma, and Sizakele MaKhumalo Zuma.

Beyond every day talks about her family and the nice perks, Zuma’s beauty queen has continued to build her legacy and identity – aimed at improving the lives of South Africans.

Madiba-Zuma is the CEO of the Thobeka Madiba-Zuma Foundation – established with the aim of making an impact on the lives of South African women.

The first lady once buttressed that why she focused on women’s health is because ‘women are the cornerstones of their homes and they tend to put themselves last on their list of priorities. They will take care of their families and their extended families, but they don’t prioritize their own health.’

Tobeka’s foundation also educates men on the risks associated with cancer, and the importance of screening.

Though the foundation has made laudable achievements so far, the biggest of them all was the donation of a clinic in Manxili, a village in KwaZulu-Natal.

According to the first lady, her biggest dream is to set up a continental state-of-the-art cancer center and to establish as many mobile screening clinics as possible.

On Saturday, May 13, Tobeka moved a step higher in her bid to put smiles on the face of  SA women when she launched the Listen to the Girl Child Campaign in KwaZulu-Natal.

During the occasion, she urged mothers across the country to show love and support beyond their biological children for the sake of future generations.

She also thanked her mother Nomfanelo Mabhija, who said played vital roles in raising and shaping her life to the mother she is today.

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“I know that I would not be where I am today without her and the other women I look up to. I have a lovely surprise planned for her,” the first lady said.

Here Are 7 Important Facts You Should Know About The Campaign

  • The campaign was organized by her foundation in partnership the eThekwini Municipality and the UN Aids program.
  • The event took place at the KwaMashu community hall and was attended by over 300 teenage girls from schools around Inanda, KwaMashu and Ntuzuma in Durban.
  •  The teenage girls engaged in a dialogue on sexual health, violence directed at children, girls, and women with her foundation.
  • The purpose of the campaign is to curb new HIV infections and ensure that young girls have access to education and remained in school to maximize their economic opportunities.
  • It also aimed at encouraging South African parents to listen to their children so that they can open up about the challenges they are facing and not swallowing wrong advice from their friends.
  • The campaign was organized to provide ongoing mentorship to young girls and equally link them with other women leaders in communities.
  • And to imbibe the spirit of independence in South African girls by encouraging them to study hard and say no to premarital affairs that could ruin their reputation and future.

Tobeka Madiba-Zuma holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree specializing in Risk Management and International Economics from the University of South Africa.