Monday 20 November 2017

Mandela's daughter appointed ambassador

Nelson Mandela (L) and his eldest daughter his eldest daughter Zenani Mandela-Dlamini. Photo: Getty Images
Nelson Mandela (L) and his eldest daughter his eldest daughter Zenani Mandela-Dlamini. Photo: Getty Images

Aislinn Laing in Johannesburg

NELSON Mandela's daughter, Zenani Mandela-Dlamini, has been appointed South Africa's ambassador to Argentina, making her the first of the leader's three remaining children to enter public life.

The announcement is being seen in diplomatic circles as a political appointment made by President Jacob Zuma as part of the quest by South African politicians to maintain associations with the Mandela name.

Mr Zuma's decision is also viewed as an attempt to use the family's stature to woo the Argentines -- a key target in South Africa's strategy to strengthen ties with southern hemisphere countries -- and boost trade and tourism links.

Friends of Ms Mandela-Dlamini (53) said she was "introverted and reserved" but also a "smart businesswoman".

She is the oldest daughter of Mr Mandela (93) and his second wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. She and her husband, Thumbumuzi Dlamini, a Swazi prince, won scholarships to study at Boston University and she has worked in business development and the communications industry in South Africa. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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