By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS
Thando Nomthandazo Dlomo, wife of South African Ambassador to Mexico Dennis Thokozani Dlomo, was a semi-finalist in the Mrs. South African beauty competition.
A native of the KwaMashu township, just north of Durban, Nomthandazo Dlomo worked as a project officer in the KwaZulu-Natal region of South Africa, as well as as a business advisor for Tradepoint South Africa, before joining the Gagasi FM radio team as a content producer.
In 2014, she was named appointment secretary for then-South African Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Siyabonga Cwele and began working as a freelance journalist at Ukhasi newspaper, focusing primarily on business features.
One year later, she was recruited to work under then-South African President Jacob Zuma, and later joined the AIDS Foundation of South Africa.
In 1994, Nomthandazo Dlomo broke away from government work to begin a career in modelling and with the Ruebo Models agency.
So far, she has competed in eight beauty pageants, including the 2021 Mrs. South Africa competition at the start of this month, that country’s most-important pageant for married women, where she was among the semi-finalists.