HRH Princess Zama-Zulu Shanga-Bonde of South Africa at 2015 WAF Award Ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

HRH Princess Zama-Zulu Shanga-Bonde of South Africa – Ambassador for The Humanitarian Water & Food Awards. Interview.

HRH Princess Zama-Zulu Shanga-Bonde of South Africa

HRH Princess Zama-Zulu Shanga-Bonde of South Africa

Princess Zama-Zulu works as a Health, Wellness and Fitness professional. She was born in South Africa, but now lives in Denmark. Zama-Zulu Shange is a former ambassadors’ wife and she recently agreed to utilise the experience she gained to act as an Ambassador for the Humanitarian Water & Food Awards, and we are honoured to have her involvement. Here she talks to the editorial team for the WAF website, about her role, why she feels so passionately about Water & Food sustainability, and what she feels she will able to bring to the role given her diplomatic background and as a member of the Zulu Royal Family. The interview opens an interesting window on the role the Princess wants to carve in her work for WAF to help not just individual villages, but whole regions. Princess Zama-Zulu works as a Health, Wellness and Fitness professional. She was born in South Africa, but now lives in Denmark. Zama-Zulu Shange is a former ambassadors’ wife and she recently agreed to utilise the experience she gained to act as an Ambassador for the Humanitarian Water & Food Awards, and we are honoured to have her involvement. Here she talks to the editorial team for the WAF website, about her role, why she feels so passionately about Water & Food sustainability, and what she feels she will able to bring to the role given her diplomatic background and as a member of the Zulu Royal Family. The interview opens an interesting window on the role the Princess wants to carve in her work for WAF to help not just individual villages, but whole regions.

What inspired you to join WAF as an ambassador?

The concept of WAF inspired me to join as Ambassador, and above all to make a difference to other people.

 

What measure you believe should be taken into account to end water and food scarcity, and do you see a change in public awareness of the  importance of water and food scarcity?What measure you believe should be taken into account to end water and food scarcity, and do you see a change in public awareness of

As a former diplomat’s wife, I have been to many countries; I would be involved in charity work and fund raising.  Before I sponsor a project I pay a visit to a village. The women I came across would tell me they have to walk for a kilometre for water. What struck me was that few meters away from the village there was a golf club.  I made an appointment with the chairman of the golf club. I told him about the village and the women nearby.  To my surprise I was told that there was a water pipe at the golf club. We agreed to have a fund rising at

the golf club, that way we could raise money. The money that was raised was to extend the water pipe to the village.  What hurt the most is that one can only help that village at that time. With WAF one is able to help more people in the world.

 

As you know, WAF values are based on sustainability of food and water, working as team to create greater impact, and employing innovative methods and approaches that are based on a passion for life and come from a response from the heart, so how would you encourage people to achieve water and food sustainability? What methods would you like to see? At what level you believe, is leadership on this issue most critical – global or local, public or private?

Inequality creates poor communities with poor economy. I believe that we need to make communities aware those poor countries.  When a people do not have access to water and therefore there is lack of food. We have to invest in sustainable agricultural production, as distribution of good food and access to resources such as land and water. To be used fare more justice. This project can allow people to live a better life and to have a better lifestyle.

As a child I was told “a human being is human by virtue of other human beings”. In other words one has to help other people.  As a member of the Royal Zulu family, I feel it’s an honour to be ambassador for WAF .

 HRH Princess Zama-Zulu Shanga-Bonde of South Africa at 2015 WAF Award Ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

HRH Princess Zama-Zulu Shanga-Bonde of South Africa at 2015 WAF Award Ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.