Zinika Gwele

Age: 31
City: East London 

Zinika Gwele is a BA student at the University of Forthare in the Eastern Cape. She is a low-key lifestyle aficionado and cocktail connoisseur, and a lover of food and fashion, and a colourful personality to match.

We asked Zinika a bunch of questions to get a feel for her personality outside of work…  


What is your passion? 
People! I love people, being around people, working with people and helping people makes me feel good. I love anything that requires me to talk or express myself. I’m constantly chasing growth in whatever form, shape or size.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
To go back in time and to be able to read people’s minds. 

If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
Cat…simply because it has nine lives

So you’ve already indicated you’d like to be able to time travel – tell us where you would go and why? 
To my childhood. To tell young Zinika to trust herself more. Believe in her power and stop wasting time. 

What are the top 3 countries on your bucket list to visit?
The U.S, France and China

If someone made a movie of your life what would the genre be?
Dramatic comedy. My life is full of stupid drama, it’s quite funny! 

What would the title of your autobiography be?

If you could sing a duet with anyone, who would it be and why?
Beyoncé. She needs no explanation  

What is your favorite jam at the moment?
Umahlalela by Simmy 

What, in your opinion, is the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your CV alone? 
I’m very smart

You step outside your house and find a lottery ticket that ends up winning R10 million. What would you do with it?
Go claim it and literally change my life. 

A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here? 
He’s here to give me back my bikini top he found back at the beach. 

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