Mail & Guardian Book of South African Women 2012 Launch Experience

A while back I saw a missed call from Joburg and I returned it thinking it was one of my colleagues as I was expecting their call.  A lady replied “Is that Thuli?”  I said “Yes, it is” She then went on to tell me I was nominated to be one of 50 women in the Mail & Guardian Book of South African Women 2012……You can imagine how excited I got.  That call made my day on that particular day.

Mail & Guardian and Nedbank acknowledge ordinary women doing extra ordinary things in their communities.  Every year they open nominations and the selected women are profiled in their annual book of women.   I have been honoured to be one of those women this year.  It is an honour for me to be in the company of such phenomenal women and to think that I have inspired some people out there enough to feel that I deserve to be in the book.  Usually, I would get touching emails from people that read the blog overseas and in Mzansi.  Seeing myself in the book takes it to another level.  It’s such an overwhelming feeling.

I therefore could not miss the opportunity to be present at the book launch.  Snow, freezing temperatures and all, I was there in a room full of these amazing women sharing experiences over high tea.  In between mingling and getting to know everyone, I got the pleasure of meeting a woman that has now become my own personal hero, Marhoyi Zita from Butterworth.  Seeing that she is a fellow Eastern Caper, I invited myself to her house later in the year.  She will be sharing her knowledge of traditional dishes with us.

Having started this blog by following my heart, it is an overwhelming feeling to look at the book and to think that some people out there find what I am doing with this blog inspiring.  I used to google recipes and realised that I couldn’t find a mageu or inconco recipe on the internet and I saw that as a missed opportunity because that’s where our generation spends most of their time.

One of the ladies (Lulama Qalinge) at the book launch mentioned something that I can relate to “Be authentic and true to yourself that way you become more of a gift to the world.   That is all it takes to be an inspiration to other people, following your heart and being authentic.

This blog is a combination of all things I love, photography, product development, food, travel and culture and I am glad it is serving as a vehicle for me to inspire some people out there

I thank Mail & Guardian together with Nedbank for this wonderful initiative of acknowledging ordinary women in our communities.

High Tea Treats Mmmm!

Check out my profile on their website.  View more pictures from the book launch here 

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.

Comments ( 11 )

  • Oh my word Thuli, you my girl are far too modest about your blog. This is outstanding. Well done, girl friend! I am so proud of you!!!

    • Hi Nina! Thank you for the support girlfriend! You too are amazing and a remarkable woman! Have a great weekend!! xoxo!

    • I see you in Taiwan! Thanks!!! Hope you are well!

  • Oh my Thuli – well done darling! This is exactly what I love about your blog. We should all be sharing our cultures and cooking as a means to communicate in the fundamental and universal language that is food. We have so much to learn about each other, but when we sit together and eat each others food – all our differences disappear and all our similarities appear. Hunger know no boundaries – it does not discriminate but it does unite people. Well done darling xxxxx lotsa love xxxxx jan

    • Hi Janice! That is profound my friend. I appreciate the support more than you know. Thank you!!! xoxo! Have an awesome weekend!

  • You deserve it Thuli!!! i luv your blog, it brought me back to my roots :), so proud of you sis

    • Thanks Mercy! Appreciate the support!! 🙂

  • I am sure I have commented before? Congratulations to you!!

    • Lol! It’s not the first lovely lady! Thanks!

  • usha singh

    Hi Thulie Congrats!!!!! This is amazing and hopefully the young generation of our country learn a lesson from you> You make us proud.

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