Ms Zandile Martha Nomathemba Myeka

IAS Residential Fellow

Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF)

Zandile Martha Nomathemba Myeka is a dedicated professional in the field of archives, information, and knowledge management, currently serving as the Metadata and Photographic Archivist at the prestigious Nelson Mandela Foundation. Born and raised in Zola, a section of the Soweto township lying south of Johannesburg in Gauteng, South Africa, Zandile developed a strong passion for preserving and sharing people's stories from an early age.

Zandile's educational journey led her to the University of Johannesburg, where she pursued a bachelor’s degree in Public Management and Governance. Recognizing the importance of information and knowledge management, she continued her studies and successfully completed an Honours degree in Information and Knowledge Management. To further enhance her expertise in the field, Zandile obtained a Higher Certificate in Archives and Records Management from the University of South Africa.

Driven by her commitment to preserving society's memory, Zandile is currently pursuing a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree in Digital Curation at the University of Cape Town. Through this program, she aims to deepen her understanding of curating digital resources and making them accessible for future generations.

Zandile’s passion is making Nelson Mandela’s archive more inclusive by ensuring that the archive is accessible, especially for disadvantaged groups who do not necessarily have the resources to come to the Nelson Mandela Foundation archives which house the life and times of global icon Nelson Mandela. Zandile firmly believes that by making society's memory accessible, we can promote understanding, empathy, and a deeper appreciation for the interconnectedness of our shared past and present.

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