Ivy Madik­iza, 85, was the epit­ome of ubuntu

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - OBITUARIES - BULELWA PAYI

THE Speaker of Par­lia­ment,

Baleka Mbete, has paid trib­ute to one of the trail­blaz­ers of busi­ness in Cape Town, Ivy Madik­iza.

She died re­cently at the age of 85. Madik­iza and her late hus­band, Dr Kwezi Madik­iza, op­er­ated busi­nesses in Langa, Nyanga and Gugulethu, ar­eas that were marked by high lev­els of poverty and a lack of in­fra­struc­ture.

The Speaker hailed Madik­iza as a trailblazer, a phi­lan­thropist and a com­mu­nity builder who was well re­spected by the com­mu­nity.

Af­ter hav­ing trained and worked as a teacher, Madik­iza joined her late hus­band in set­ting up and run­ning three med­i­cal suites where he of­fered med­i­cal ser­vices.

For many years these were the only med­i­cal suites in the town­ship run by a black doc­tor.

Madik­iza, hav­ing ac­quired busi­ness acu­men, was pas­sion­ate in the pur­suit of trans­form­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

She left Cape Town and started two busi­nesses in Mthatha, East­ern Cape un­til 1991 when she re­turned to Cape Town.

Busi­ness­man Zuk­ile Madik­iza de­scribed his mother as a vi­sion­ary leader who con­trib­uted a lot not only to the ed­u­ca­tion sphere, but also to the de­vel­op­ment of com­mu­nity mem­bers.

“She did not lead a mean­ing­less life but one that was ben­e­fi­cial to her com­mu­nity and to the busi­ness fra­ter­nity,” he said.

Madik­iza has also been de­scribed as some­one who was com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing the lives of peo­ple through her gen­er­ous acts of kind­ness and projects that up­lifted the com­mu­nity.

“No one who stepped into our house would leave not hav­ing been touched by her smile, her laugh­ter and warmth.

“We will miss her wis­dom that she shared with who­ever wanted to tap into it, and her sto­ries that aimed at giv­ing peo­ple hope.

“She was truly the epit­ome of ubuntu,” her son said.

She will buried in the East­ern Cape on Septem­ber 30.

Ivy Madik­iza, busi­ness­woman and phi­lan­thropist.

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