#ThePowerOfX Speaker: Meet Zandile Ndhlovu

Zandile Ndhlovu takes to the TEDxCapeTown stage in 2021.

Zandile Ndhlovu, an ocean lover, freediving instructor, and diversity and inclusion consultant, seeks to create diverse representation in the Ocean Arena through her organisation, The Black Mermaid Foundation. Her work centres around creating first encounters, to expose youth to the ocean. 

Zandile is a NEWF and Jackson Wild 2021 Fellow, who is taking to the TEDxCapeTown stage to reshape and expand narratives around Black people and water and continue to pave the way for diverse and inclusive oceans. 

We asked Zandile, also referred to as The Black Mermaid, a couple of questions to help you get to know her, before she takes the TEDxCapeTown stage. 

What's your X? AKA: What's something you're really great at?

Words. Using words to piece together concepts that can be hard to sit with; words to invite and help journey together in thought.

Which fictional character do you wish you could meet?


What's your favourite snack?


When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A teacher. 

If you had a superpower what would it be?

To take away money as a currency for existence.