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  • Sthembiso Zondo
  • Sthembiso Zondo
  • Sthembiso Zondo
  • Sthembiso Zondo

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Now a renowned motivational speaker, Pastor and Life coach, Sthembiso comes from humble beginnings where his mother used to encourage him to put his walk back from school to good use by searching and collecting empty bottles as well as copper for her to sell to raise money to put him through school.  He wore his first pair of shoes in standard five, known today as Grade7, which he'd bought himself from little profits he made from hustling.He was born in Umlazi into a family of seven children, with an unemployed mother and alcoholic father.

His journey of adversity has a played a significant role in shaping his outlook on life.  He is the founder and senior pastor of Soul Renaissance Ministries, established in 2001, a fastest growing church in KwaZulu-Natal. In believing strongly and ever so passionately thatpossibilities exist for each and every person on earth to achieve beyond expectation, he founded Zero-to-Hero, an NGO whose objective is to preach the gospel of hope.  Zero-to-Hero has partnered with LoveLife and UkhoziFM on some of its projects wherethe message focuses on restoring hope, reviving life by motivating at schools, jails and street kids. 



He is also currently working with municipalities and schools in and around KwaZulu-Natal.His leadership seminars speak across audiences which include inmates, taxi-drivers and SAPS.  As a coach and counsellor, he has developed powerfulmaterial for personal development, parenthood and couples.  Sthembiso has undoubtedly touched lives of millions of people beyond South African borders and was instrumental in combining a variety of congregations in developing a mission called, The Body of Christ, with objectives of balancing spirituality, motivation and business outlook.

Talented in many respects, Sthembiso played smooth soccer for Bushbucks – Under12 team – where he was known as 'magic'.  His dream of ever playing professional football became vague at the age of 14 when he got injured and a couple of years later confirmed shattered when his parents were unable to raise money to cover his hospital care bills.  Little did he know that God had chosen an even brighter path for him. In pursuit of an ordinary career, he trained as a teacher while he worked part-time as a gardener - his Diploma was attained in 1999.It was his part-time involvement at the Christian Fellowship Centre under the late Evangelist N.J.Sithole, that he was exposed to the world of motivational speaking. He was ordained as a pastor in 1994 and in 2001 was blessed into starting his own church.

In 2007, it was discovered he had a magic tongue coupled with creativity and a touch of humor to complete the package.  It was at this stage that radio stations such as Gagasi FM offered him a platform to spread the word.  He is the author of powerful CDs and DVDs such as 'No Pain No Gain',  'From Zero To Hero' and more.  His weekly motivational talk session on UkhoziFM is followed and loved by many across the country.



His quest in life is to serve others by making sure that each encounter is their step closer to greatness – he aims to elevate people from nothing to millionaires, opening up their world to the fact that we are all ordinary people with extra ordinary power.  Sthembiso will overwhelm your audience when he tells them “Self- love together with world-love results in Godly unconditional love”

This born leader is here to shake the world for the better, he might not tell you what you want to hear but he will tell you what you need to hear for he is not on this earth to impress but rather to impact.

He has been blessed with an amazing wife and two beautiful kids (son and daughter).