Ondela Mlandu

Media Specialist

Ondela Mlandu is a versatile, innovative and results-driven Communications and Media Specialist with a broad skills-set. She is the Head of Media at a PR and Communications company by profession with working experience in journalism, marketing, digital marketing, broadcasting, radio and communications. In her career, she has contributed to national newspapers, some of South Africa’s finest print magazines, and radio station   This exposure has led Ondela to interview people in the emerging entrepreneur sector, helping her keep abreast of what is happening in the business, leadership and creativity sectors. Through her work, Ondela wants to leave an imprint of impact, where leadership, skills, self confidence, knowledge and understanding of human rights and the impact of gender discrimination is instilled in young girls and women across the continent. As an individual, Ondela hopes to be a change agent when it comes to the representation of women in communities and organizations for women’s rights. In addition to her contribution to the media and communications industry, she is part of an initiative under the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community for young working professionals around the world.


1. What’s your biggest achievement / Something you’re proud of yourself for?

I’m incredibly proud of the strides I’ve made in the media industry and journalism space in the South African landscape. When I started out, I was eager and so hungry to learn the in’s and outs of media that I allowed myself to be a sponge with everything I did. From the menial job to the fancy jobs that require being around celebrities. I held my own and embraced it all. I’m proud that I’ve familiarised myself with the world of print magazines, radio, video and podcasting and the digital space as well as the world of PR and communications in my current role. The journey never ends though… Everything is a work in progress.

2. What’s your biggest fear / something that holds you back?

“A challenge that I’ve learnt to embrace as I get older is coping and doing life with imposter syndrome. Instead, I’ve learnt to embrace the uncomfortable feeling and voice within that tells me I’m not good enough and that I can’t do things.I’ve learnt to interpret self-doubt as a positive emotion or a motivating force. Nerves are a reminder that you’ll grow – something I’m trying to embrace for myself.”

3. What’s your biggest contribution / Something you like to share?

In society and to myself, I’d say – the gift of compassionMy biggest dream is to leave an imprint of impact, where leadership, skills, self-confidence, knowledge and understanding of human rights and the impacts of gender discrimination are instilled in young girls and women across the African continent. In order for me to achieve that dream, I’ve learnt the importance of compassion as a leader and as a member of society.

Fun Facts:

I was in my mother’s womb for 10 months rather than the usual 9. I speak fluent Dutch and I’m obsessed with elephants.

Thank you for being you!

Email: Ondelamlndu@gmail.com l Mobile: 0815975546

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