Brightness of Diamonds Through Soil


From domestic worker to graduate and published author: Ntombizodwa Merriam Mahlangu’s story, with foreword from the former South African Public Protector: Prof. Thuli Madonsela.

Born in the dusty streets of Tonteldoos (Emhlabaneni), near Dullstroom in Mpumalanga, South Africa, Ntombizodwa Merriam Mahlangu always dreamed of pursuing her education.


In the book, Ntombizodwa has written an account of her experiences to inspire others: growing up in a mud hut in Tonteldoos without electricity, living in a shack in KwaMhlanga, being a teenage mother and working as a domestic worker, and acquiring a qualification. It is a story of hope and reassurance.