Chocolate Lady: Nontwenhle “Nonts” Mchunu of Ezulwini Chocolat

One of my objectives for this blog is to showcase young people who are doing amazing things in our country and also let their stories encourage others.   I meet a lot of young people who have given up on life and I would like for them to get inspiration from other young people who come from similar backgrounds…..

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I’ve been following a remarkable young lady who is doing amazing things for herself and the community, her name is Nontwenhle Mchunu otherwise known as Nonts.

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Nontwenhle, a chocolate entrepreneur and owner of the brand Ezulwini Chocolat hails from Nkandla in KwaZulu Natal.  I first visited her in 2012 while her business was operating in Epping, at the time, they had 3 staff members.

I was impressed with what she was doing and for someone so young to have the guts to start her own food business.  In 2003, Nontwenhle started Ezulwini Chocolat, however, she realized that she needed to expand her business knowledge as well as technicalities involved in being a chocolateur.  Therefore, she applied and was successfully awarded a bursary to study at the Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development which then sponsored her training in chocolate confectionery in the United Kingdom and Switzerland.

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Two years after I visited Nontwenhle, the company has grown employing five full time staff members, with a new retail range called Nandi, which sells at Pick ‘n Pay and Woolworths stores.   The company uses sustainable ingredients form the African continent.  Ezulwini Chocolat has now moved to bigger premises in Aviation Crescent at Airport City.


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If you ask Nontwenhle how it is like to run a thriving food business she’ll tell you it is not easy but with hard work and faith in God one can never go wrong.

Nonts is turning 32 this coming Friday on the 22nd of September.  Please show her some major love by buying one of her Nandi range chocolates from a Pick ‘n Pay or Woolworths store.

For more info, visit:

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About Author


Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

Comment ( 1 )

  • Flee

    Sniff Sniff… Soooo Sad… Want to cry!! Not Happy 🙁

    Why does Cape Town get all the super good awesome stuff??… LOL,
    Huge ups to Nonts, for her dedication and will to succeed in a largely unknown industry in SA… may she surpass expectation in everything she does.

    Mwah Flee

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