Assets & Project Management Team
As deputy assets and operations manager of the Miracle Campus, Mandla Kunene always has a smile as he directs the campus staff and operations.
He loves Eswatini because it’s a peaceful country. At age 39 and married with a daughter and a son, Mandla hopes his children “can grow old and be successful living a Christian life. I want them to have what I didn’t have.”
Mandla was reared by his grandmother. He would like his large group of construction and farm workers to know that “you start small and get bigger. You don’t have to grow up with money, in nice homes, going to the right schools. You must be ready to open your mind to whatever comes to the table.”
When Mandla was young, he decided not to have children until he was 30 years old. Until then, he wanted to learn, learn, learn. Determined to not let his childhood dictate his future, he discovered as a teenager that God has given him the gift of languages.
All day on the Miracle Campus, he jumps back and forth between speaking English and SiSwati without missing a beat. When a man from Mozambique came to interview for a job, one interviewer could speak English, another SiSwati. “I didn’t know his language, but I was able to communicate with him and not just a greeting,” he said. “Only God can do that for someone.”
Mandla suggested his abilities and knowledge of construction come from following blueprints. “You must follow the drawings and not move away from the guidelines.” His approach to the people he leads is “to be open to their ideas.”
He intends to make The Luke Commission his lifetime work. “I see commitment here. TLC is not partial to certain people, doesn’t hold back from helping anyone in need.”
Quoting Deuteronomy 28:1, Mandla said, “Whatever you touch, if you listen to God’s voice and do what He tells you, God will lift you up.”