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Chaka Chaka to mentor Sandra Ndebele

Top artist, entrepreneur, humanitarian and goodwill ambassador ... Yvonne Chaka Chaka

24/08/2014 00:00:00
by Showbiz Reporter
Keen to help Sandra Ndebele ... Yvonne Chaka Chaka

MPILO Central Hospital in Bulawayo has enlisted the services of South African performing artist, entrepreneur, humanitarian and goodwill ambassador, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, to mentor their goodwill ambassador and budding entrepreneur, Sandra Ndebele. 

Ndebele, who was born at the hospital, some 32 years ago, was in March inaugurated as the goodwill ambassador for the biggest referral hospital in Matabeleland. 

She also serves as the goodwill ambassador for the Zimbabwe Traffic Safety Board. 

Addressing delegates at an investor and donor conference at the hospital last Thursday, Mpilo Hospital Chief Executive Officer Dr Lawrence Mantiziba, said Ndebele will be travelling to South Africa to meet up with Yvonne Chaka Chaka. 

"I am happy to say that our goodwill ambassador (Sandra Ndebele) will be in South Africa next month being coached by Yvonne Chaka Chaka. Arrangements have been made and Yvonne will meet all the costs for her to go there," said Dr Mantiziba. 

As part of her duties, Ndebele will be responsible for fundraising and advocacy. 

Ndebele has already recorded a theme song titled, Mpilo Rise, for her work with the hospital. 

Working to improve the image of Mpilo Hospital ... Sandra Ndebele at Mpilo last week

In an interview with NewZimbabwe on the side-lines of the conference, Ndebele said the hospital's image which had taken a battering in the last few years is on the mend but added that it would take a lot of effort and resources to restore the hospital to its former glory. 

"I was born at this hospital and also I once fell sick and was admitted to the hospital,” she said.

“At that time things were okay, I remember very well you would look forward to every meal but now things have changed and you hear people saying if you are admitted at Mpilo you will never come out. 

"It will now take us to stand up and assist the hospital. At least there is some positive change taking place at Mpilo."

Ndebele said she would soon shoot the video for her song and launch it online so as to reach out to locals who are now based in the diaspora. 


On her trip to South Africa, Ndebele said everything was in place and she was looking forward to linking up with Yvonne Chaka Chaka. 

"Yvonne Chaka Chaka is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and she has been doing this sort of work for a long time. I am going there to consult her as someone who works in the health sector and also understand how to go about with my work," said Ndebele. 

Chaka Chaka has a long musical career spanning decades.

She started singing at 19 in 1985 when Phil Hollis of Dephon Records discovered her in Johannesburg. Shortly after, her debut album "I’m in Love With a DJ", sold 35,000 copies, and the title track became an instant hit.

Songs like "I'm Burning Up", "I Cry for Freedom", "Sangoma","Motherland" and the ever-popular, "Umqombothi” immediately ensured Chaka Chaka's status as a star on South Africa's mbaqanga music scene.

Besides her work with UNICEF, she is also an ambassador for the Roll-Back Malaria campaign. She has also served as ambassador for the University of South Africa (UNISA), City of Johannesburg Tourism, and Nelson Mandela's 46664 campaign.

In 2001, Yvonne was named one of the Top 100 Heroes of South Africa by the Star Newspaper. 

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