The way the world rallied against Covid-19 threw up a kaleidoscope of entrepreneurs who have in them the milk of human kindness. And one who stands out among others in Africa is the hitherto relatively unknown Xolane Ndhlovu, chairman of one of the fastest expanding businesses, the DafriGroup Plc.
Back in April 2020, Ndhlovu’s DafriGroup with a donation of R500, 000 was among the early responders to the contribution made to the Solidarity Response Fund created by the South African government to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Xolane Ndhlovu did not limit his benevolence to South Africa but also extended a helping hand to Nigeria, the country of his father, through the UMEH Foundation (a subsidiary of DafriGroup) by providing relief materials to families in the South East of the country whose livelihoods were adversely affected by Covid-19.
The foundation had provided a 16-ton truckload of food supplies, which consisted of 250 bags of rice, 600 bottles of cooking oil and 800 cartons of tomatoes. Furthermore, 500 families received N3,000 each.
Ndhlovu and his business group did more than help to flatten the effect of the coronavirus pandemic. He also undertook other responsibilities to ameliorate the suffering of the needy in society. For instance, the UMEH Foundation built a community borehole in Anambra State and DafriGroup Plc launched a 10-year educational fund initiative of N100 million to assist underprivileged Nigerian children to attain quality education.
With the world gradually regaining normalcy, there are questions over the continuity of the philanthropic gesture of Ndhlovu and his DafriGroup
But in his response, Xolane Ndhlovu gave a strong assurance: “Philanthropy is part of my philosophy and it has been integrated into the philosophy of DafriGroup Plc. So as long as we exist, myself and DafriGroup, we will be involved in the effort to turn around the narrative of Africa by helping the needy and empowering future leaders.”