School of Law

UKZN Bachelor of Laws graduate Ms Nomvelo Zondi (27) took a leap of faith and opened her own Law firm.

An admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa, Zondi is now the proud Director of Nomvelo Zondi Attorneys, a boutique law firm based in Empangeni.

Passionate about criminal law, family law and litigation, Zondi says being in a position to help others was the main motivation for her starting the venture.

‘When I moved from Durban to Richards Bay, I realised there were many people who needed legal assistance but couldn’t afford it. I have made my services more affordable and accessible to the everyday man and woman,’ she said.

Among her goals is to be an inspiration for young Black women by showing them that it is possible to be young and have their own business. ‘I want to create something not only for myself but for young Black women like me, with the firm also providing career opportunities for others, especially those from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.’

Zondi says although it has been hard starting a business during the pandemic, it was fulfilling to realise her dream.

‘Starting a firm during this time has been challenging and is a big risk. There isn’t a lot of work around but there are opportunities for business. The vision I have for the firm pushes me and gives me the courage to wake up every day and keep going.’

In addition to being an attorney, Zondi owns a cleaning company and is also a spiritual and traditional healer.

Words: Lungile Ngubelanga

Photograph: Supplied