Meet Mzamo Sikhondze

Mzamo Sikhondze,
Cabrini Ministries
Director of Support Services and Human Resources Manager,

‘We need to understand the root cause of problems and to be tolerant to emotions; we do this by being patient and speaking the truth. That way we grow pure emotional intelligence’

‘We need to understand the root cause of problems and to be tolerant to emotions; we do this by being patient and speaking the truth. That way we grow pure emotional intelligence’

Mzamo Sikhondze was born and raised in the Ngcamphalala chiefdom; where he attended St Philips High School. His dream was always to be a teacher or a policeman, but due to the lack of motivation from his family he let go of his dreams. Dissatisfied with his family’s opinion, he moved to Manzini where he worked as a security guard. However, homesickness got the better of him and in 2006 he found himself working as full time tutor at Cabrini Ministries. This saw the beginning of his inspiring and ambitious journey of personal and professional development.

When he joined Cabrini, Mzamo also worked as a part-time dispenser for the clinic. He was good at his work and very keen towards doing more for the organization. So, he took up a few courses on community education and gender based issues. With that, he could visit homesteads and offer some sound advice on how families could improve their situations. Mzamo then took on a few computer training classes which made him competent enough to work in the office; he became a receptionist for Cabrini. ‘At the time, I acknowledged that I had to further develop myself’. And so, in 2011, with determination Mzamo went on to obtain a diploma in Human Resources Management from the Institute of Development Management in Manzini. ‘I love my job; it’s a challenge having to tell people at times that their employment is terminated’. Mzamo is currently completing a degree in Human Resources from the South Africa based Regant Business School- a testament of his desire to improve himself. At Cabrini Ministries, his strong work ethic ensures that Cabrini’s employees are kept happy, that their work is being done properly and he also ensures that Cabrini is complying with national laws.

During his spare time, Mzamo can be found gardening, playing pool, or socializing with friends. In his eyes, people are anyone’s greatest asset. This view perhaps is demonstrated no better than when Mzamo is at work. He lists his team as one of the greatest motivating factors for him coming to work every day. In addition to this, he knows that his role of looking after the welfare of Cabrini’s employees is ultimately connected to him looking after his community.

Cabrini’s latest service addition, the Family Services Department, serves as Mzamo’s inspiration for service delivery and leadership in the country of Swaziland. ‘Family Services address many injustices in the community and it does what is good for the people, it’s a great fit to the organization’ say Mzamo. His desire for Swaziland is that its leaders do the will of the people, not fulfill their own motives. Working at Cabrini has shifted his mindset and he is grateful for the amount of time Cabrini invests in its people. He hopes that Cabrini will continue to develop its workers and he hopes that one day Cabrini will be led by an African executive.

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