Felicia has been voted among the most
admired role models in South Africa, with such luminaries as
Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and President Thabo
Dr. Mabuza-Suttle is mentioned among one of the country's admired role models with luminaries like former President Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, President Mbeki in surveys by young people.
In a survey by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), she was named among the "100 Great South Africans." Her brand name, "Felicia," was mentioned as one of the country's top ten most well-known in a survey by The Sunday Times newspaper in 2004.
In the mid-'70s, she started a cultural center to keep young people out of the streets in the township, teaching them public speaking and ballroom dancing. In the mid-'80's she initiated a scholarship for South African students at Marquette University. Most of the students have returned to South Africa where they work as engineers, chemists, architects, entrepreneurs, etc.
She tries to live up to up to her favorite mantra by Mahatma Gandhi, "We must be the change we wish to see in the world."