Originally hailing from Nkayi in Matabeleland North, Minnie Baloyi’s family later moved to Filabusi, shaping her childhood between Bulawayo and her new home area.
Age of Minnie Baloyi
Born on September 9, 1976, Minnie Baloyi entered the world during her husband Constantino Chiwenga’s involvement in the Second Chimurenga as a Zanla guerrilla in Tanzania and later Mozambique.
Educational Journey of Minnie Baloyi
Commencing her academic journey in Filabusi, Minnie attended Ekusileni Secondary School for her ‘O’ Levels from 1990-1993. She later pursued her Advanced Levels at JZ Moyo High School before furthering her education at the Institute of Administration and Commerce in Harare in 1996.
Her pursuit of knowledge led her to the PLA University of Foreign Languages in China, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mandarin with first-class honours. Additionally, Minnie holds a Master’s degree in international relations and a Doctorate in Business Leadership, Business Administration, and Management from Midlands State University.
Minnie Baloyi is a polyglot proficient in various languages, including her native Ndebele dialect. Her linguistic repertoire extends to Mandarin Chinese, French, Zulu, Sotho, Shona, and more.
Beyond her military role as an army colonel, Minnie is a thriving businesswoman. She serves as the Managing Director at Kolamminnie (Pvt) Ltd, operating under the brand Style by Minie. The company, with branches at Longcheng Plaza, Linquenda House, and Sam Levy Village, offers premium clothing and electronics.
Minnie Baloyi’s commitment to education is evident in her founding of Chivaraidze Primary School, located in Umwinsdale. This institution provides free education to underprivileged students and those with learning or physical challenges. The school boasts modern facilities, including a computer lab, library, clinic, sports field, and teacher accommodation.
Additionally, students have the opportunity to take optional classes in Ndebele and Chinese languages.
Among Minnie Baloyi’s closest relatives are Nhloswenhle Baloyi (brother), Balue Nyathi (sister), Charity Khumalo (sister), cousins Mark Nyathi, Dumisani Dube, and Brian Nyathi, along with nephew Wonder Dube.