Ivy Madikiza, 85, was the epitome of ubuntu
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.