My name is Liziwe Ndalana. I graduated with a diploma in Public Relations Management from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2007.
I am a freelance writer and a blogger, with short stints as a presenter on a Christian radio station, Radio Tygerberg, as well as producing and hosting my own YouTube show, whilst working as a content producer for Fin24, my most recent employer. I’m currently writing a quarterly column for the Change Exchange platform, where I navigate my entrepreneurship journey. I also pen a blog, where I document my hiking and coffee shop hunting adventures in and around Cape Town. I’m also using my social media platforms to promote fitness, natural hair, a love of self as well as outdoor lifestyle as an accessory to healthy living.
I’ve written extensively in the online space with a special focus on personal finance, entrepreneurship and a little bit of lifestyle, featuring celebrity profiles.
I started Dream Factor, a literacy club for children, back in 2016. The purpose was to help create a culture and love of reading and increase literacy levels for children around the Nyanga community. As a literacy champion for Nali’Bali and a Fundza Literacy Trust beneficiary, I’ve managed to help children fall in love with language and reading through the materials that were received from these organisations.
In 2022, I had an opportunity to be part of the Jakes Gerwel Foundation’s three-week writer’s residency. My story on the practice of ukuthwalwa, a Xhosa practice of arranged marriage, which I was a victim of, won me the spot on the program. I learnt so many valuable lessons from some of the best writers and mentors in the country. I am yet to write and publish a full memoir, detailing my journey from escaping Ukuthwalwa and having a career in media and now owning and running my own business.