Top Billing meets business woman Amanda Dambuza and tours her stunning home
From a parentless childhood in the Transkei, Amanda became a self made specialist in I.T. She earned her stripes in financial services and rose to Chief Information Officer at a multi-national bank before launching her own, thriving consultancy.
Today she is the founding director of Uyandiswa, which has some of the biggest blue chip clients in the country.
Her incredible success story has recently been published in her new book, Baked in Pain, which chronicles her abusive childhood and incredible personal determination. Amanda hopes her book will serve as a source of hope to tell people negative circumstances need not shape the rest of your life.
Her incredible drive and vision is visible in her own home, which she shares with her husband and three children. They did the project management and interior design themselves while living in the home, and created a unique African contemporary showpiece with Scandinavian minimalism.
The house has no shortage of noteworthy features, and special spots for Amanda include the office that is her sanctuary, and the kitchen is the true hub for the family as it was designed to anchor the home.
The home's colour scheme features dramatic black features such as the kitchen and the corrugated iron wall which reminds Amanda of the shack where she once lived.
Their style is one of pared down design with striking elements, steel and glass. While Amanda avoids clutter at all costs – she can never have enough rugs!
The overall layout of the home is of a modern farmhouse with a wrap-around deck. Also energy efficient, the windows are glazed and the pool is solar heated. While Amanda and her husband were incredible hands-on, they wouldn't have been able to do it without architect Mutombo Kitenge, who drew the couple’s exciting ideas into one unified design.
While the Dambuza’s bought their home as a proper fixer upper, they've not only made it liveable, they've made it a loving home.