"I don't think any struggle can be fought in silence" - Zoleka Mandela

"I don't think any struggle can be fought in silence" - Zoleka Mandela

Writer and Activist Zoleka Mandela is using her voice to create an inclusive society for people with mental health issues!

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Jacaranda FM

Zoleka Mandela, granddaughter to South Africa’s most loved anti-apartheid icons Nelson and Winnie Mandela has never shied away from openly discussing her challenges with mental health, and loss – often sharing intimate details about her life on her social media platforms to her more than 500 000 followers or in her book, When Hope Whispers.

Given South Africa’s extraordinarily high levels of unemployment and the rising cost of living, mental health issues present a looming crisis for our nation. One in six south Africans suffer from mental health issues but are scared to open up about it. 

As a two-time cancer survivor, an author, activist, and columnist, Zoleka is set on changing perceptions by initiating honest conversations around mental health issues to promote the NESTLÉ CREMORA Joy of Inclusion #EveryonesIncluded narrative and to normalise and encourage people to realise that inclusivity is a joint responsibility. Zoleka believes that through her story many people will be more aware of how negative attitudes can force people into isolation and silence.  She hopes that her story will encourage positivity while driving a bigger inclusive circle. 

Thursday on Breakfast with Martin Bester Zoleka shared the journey she has travelled and what she has learnt along her path of recovery.

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