By Lumko Mtimde, Political Advisor of Eludzini Great Kingdom
King Madzikane II Thandisizwe Diko was born in Elubacweni, KwaBhaca, on the 24th January 1979.
He is the son of Kumkani Mzawugugi Diko and Queen Nosizwe Diko. He did his primary and secondary education at Elubacweni, KwaBhaca. He completed his BSc (Law and Sociology) at the then University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg) now UKZN and Masters Degree (Development Communications) at the University of Pretoria. At the time of his passing, he was pursuing LLB at the University of SA.
He was a Senior Researcher for almost two years at the South African Human Rights Commission before joining the Department of Human Settlements as a Director within the Chief Directorate: Research. He later joined ABSA Bank Limited as the Housing Perspective Leaders and Manager: FSC and Industry Liaison. He then joined the World Bank Group as an Independent Consultant for the National Department of Human Settlement. He was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Alfred Nzo Development Agency from 2016 until 2019.
His Majesty was appointed to serve on the Sentech Board as a Non-Executive Director on 4th February 2020, where he was member of the Social Ethics Committee, Technology Sales and Regulatory Committee, and Human Resources, Nominations and Remunerations Committee. He was also appointed to serve on the CATHSETA Board, ANDA, NECT and Jhb Market Audit Committee.
He came back from Johannesburg to join KwaBhaca Great Kingdom from 2009 and take his righful throne. In line with Section 2 (1) read with Section 9 of the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Act of 2003, he was installed on the 10th April 2010, Madzikane II Thandisizwe Diko from Elundzini Royal Residence, as King Madzikane 11 Diko at the King Madzikane Memorial Park in terms of our customary law by ISizwe samaBhaca.
He is passionate about community development and education. As the King, he has facilitated a number of community development programs, from infrastructure (roads, ICT, etc); to education and health. He was a catalyst who intervened and ensured implementation of several community and Government initiatives in the rural areas.
He was further tasked as Chairperson of CONTRALESA Alfred Nzo District.
His Majesty also ventured into entrepreneurship covering areas Including agriculture, trucking and logistics.
He transitioned on Sunday, 20 February 2021 after a short illness. He is survived by his mother, Queen Mother Nosizwe Diko, his wife, Queen Pumeza Kusela Diko, his siblings, Princess Thozama Diko, Princess Yonela Diko and his children.