“When Hope Whispers”: Zoleka Mandela inspires UJ

Date: Feb 28, 2014 | News

​​Zoleka Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter, inspired University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) staff and students when she shared her personal account as encapsulated in her book When Hope Whispers at a book event hosted by UJ’s library on 26 February.

​​​​​​When Hope Whispers tells the story of Zoleka’s triumph over tragedy and her success in spite of overwhelming challenges. Zoleka, a breast cancer survivor and awareness advocate, gave a motivational talk, encouraging the audience to never give up hope. Her talk was centred on the loss of her 13 year old daughter in a motor vehicle accident in 2010 and the burial of her newborn infant boy within a year and how she personally dealt with these life changing events.


​​​Zoleka who also fought substance abuse, uses her tragedies to inspire and change lives through interviews and public speaking engagements such as the one hosted by UJ.​


​​Zoleka said; “For a long time, I never thought I had a voice. Through writing this book I can share my experiences with other people that might be going through the same difficulties I went through. I’m hoping to bring hope and make a difference in someone’s life. It’s never too late to change your life. I use my life as a cautionary tale to make a positive contribution to other people’s lives.”

Zoleka Mandela

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