Edited /upated 11 November 2016.
Chief Shadreck Madoda Zibi
was born in Khayakhulu, 19 September 1946. He is a member of the royal family of the AmaHlubi community in Khayakhulu, Madikwe region, and attended the local Khayakhulu Primary School until he passed Standard Six in 1961. He began his secondary education at Lovedale High School in 1963 until he matriculated in 1967. He studied for a B.Com degree with the University of Fort Hare from 1968 to 1970, majoring in Economics, Business Economics and Private Law. From 1971 to 1976 he was a Junior Accountant in the Argus Printing and Publishing Company. At this point, he decided to pursue a career in banking. It was also when, in 1975, he was installed as Chief of the AmaHlubi of Khayakhulu. The same year, he joined Standard Bank in 1976, he was also offered a scholarship by the Evangelical Ecumenical Scholarships Programme to study in Germany. After a year's study of the German language, he enrolled for the M.A. degree in Social Sciences at the Ruhr University in 1978 and was awarded it in 1980.
The same year, he did a six-month course in Management at the International Institute in Management in Riedenburg, which he completed in mid-1980. He then worked for a Housing Cooperative in Koeln until August 1982, when he decided to return to South Africa.
Back home, he rejoined Standard Bank as a trainee manager from 1983 to 1986 when he joined the Agricultural Corporation of Bophuthatswana as an Accountant. Subsequently, he became the Rural Development Manager and later District Manager, until 1995 when he joined the North-West Provincial Government. In 1997, he applied for and obtained the position of Vice Rector, Development Support at the then Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education. When that university merged with the University of the North-West in Mmabatho to become North-West University, Madoda became Institutional Director for Diversity, Equity and Human Rights. Later he was appointed Vice-Principal for Deelopment and after his retirement he took up the position of Chairman of the provincial House of Traditional Leaders.