Neliswa was born in Hammarsdale in a small township called Mpumalanga. She started her foundation education at Injejane pre-school which was a day care centre and pre-school that was established by her grandmother. She then progressed to a nearby primary schools called Entendeleni L.P. School and then did her Higher primary at Okhozini H.P. School. She then moved to Ulundi where she started her High schooling form STD6- STD 10 at Mahlabathini High School. After finishing high school she then went to University of Zululand where she studied for a BA Degree (Psychology and Industrial Sociology) and then studied for a Post Graduate Diploma in Education.
She then started teaching in a small village in the North of Zululand called Melmoth. She taught English, Zulu and History from Grade 8-12. This is where she developed passion to work and support children with learning difficulties, caused by various academic and socio-economic difficulties. She then went to upskill her knowledge in this area by studying for a Diploma in Special Education Needs with a College in Durban called Embury College.
When an opportunity to go work and travel overseas availed itself, Neliswa applied for a working holiday visa to go and work while travelling abroad in the United Kingdom. This is where her passion and greater understanding of the philosophy in Inclusive education grew to another level. She taught in the UK for four years, both in mainstream and Special Education Needs (SEN) schools. Neliswa then decided to further her knowledge in Inclusive Education and she registered for a Post Graduate Certificate in Inclusive Education with the University of Chichester in West Sussex.
Returning back to South Africa she has worked for a school for children with Autism then moved to Multichoice SA as HOD in their nursery school. She is joining Cordwalles family in 2018 coming from a well-respected Methodist school called St Stithians College. In 2017 God blessed her with a baby girl called Hlelolenkosi.