Thursday, October 23, 2014
Africa's Most Successful Women: Khanyi Dhlomo
Khanyi Dhlomo (born in Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal) is the founder and CEO of Ndalo Media (in partnership with Media24) and Ndalo Luxury Ventures. She became the first black girl at Girls Collegiate (now Wykeham), in Pietermaritzburg, where she won the Thandi Face Cover Girl competition at the age of 16 which was her first introduction and what sparked her interest in Media. She studied Journalism at the University of Witwatersrand and did freelance reporting jobs for the SABC where she got her first big break in 1995 and made history as the 1st black anchor for the SABC 1 evening news at just 20 years of age. Following the short time she spent as a newscaster, Khanyi worked as a fashion and beauty assistant at True Love magazine which at the time was one of Africa's most enduring women magazines. At the age of 22, Khanyi was appointed editor of the magazine. Within a year of her appointment, True Love's circulation doubled from 70,000 to 140,000 and the magazine became the most widely read women's magazine in the country. After 8 years at True Love with a circulation of 1.9 million, Khanyi stepped down. In 2007 she graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA. On her return home to South Africa she founded Ndalo Media in partnership with Naspers (under the Media24 subsidiary), Africa's largest media company, and successfully published Destiny in October 2007, in 2008 Kanyi launched DestinyConnect.com which serves as the online extensions of Destiny and in July 2009 Ndalo Media launched Destiny Man (edited by Kojo Baffoe) and it's online extension DestinyMan.com. In 2013, Khanyi launched Luminance (described as a "luxury and contemporary fashion and lifestyle department store") which was the first of its kind in Africa, under Ndalo Luxury Ventures.