Sisulu pays tribute to late construction magnate Dr Thandi Ndlovu

Human Settlements, Water & Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has paid tribute to late businesswoman, founder and CEO of Motheo Construction Group Dr Thandi Ndlovu. Ndlovu reportedly succumbed to injuries suffered during a head-on collision in the North-West province yesterday morning.

“Dr Ndlovu had no equal. She was a trailblazer, one of the leading lights in South African business. The sector is much poorer for her untimely death.

“She broke through the concrete ceiling of a male dominated construction industry and created a brand that ranks among the highest black construction companies. Dr Ndlovu believed in women empowerment and indeed she empowered many including young people in the built environment,” said Sisulu.

Ndlovu founded her company 22 years ago. Motheo has completed many projects across the country. These include Community Residential Units (CRU), Breaking New Ground (BNG), shopping complexes and office parks.

A medical doctor by profession, Ndlovu entered the construction business and changed its complexion, paving the way for more black businesses to play a meaningful role. Among many accolades, the African Women Chartered Accountants named Ndlovu as the 2017 Woman of Substance. The award was for “significant role in the upliftment of black women, demonstrating quality and successful leadership in areas of governance and business to attain gender equality.”

“We pass our sincerest condolences to Dr Thandi’s family, friends and colleagues. May her soul rest in peace,” Sisulu added.

Issued by Makhosini Mgitywa, head of Communication and spokesperson: Ministry of Human Settlements, Water & Sanitation. For queries call Tuso Zibula on 072 127 1565 or email

Press Release Date: 
Sunday, August 25, 2019