Zamantungwa’s passion in African development, women empowerment and media is evident in the work she’s been involved in throughout the years.  She is Co-Founder of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation Youth Hub (TMF Youth Hub) a youth leadership organization formed with the goal of putting African youth the centre of Africa’s renewal, and enabling them to work together on solving the political, social and economic challenges that Africa faces.  Zamantungwa was promoted to Executive Producer at the talk radio station POWER FM, after being a producer on the station since its inception. , where she leads a group of producers and oversees the content on the station.  She has over five years’ experience in radio, having started her career at campus radio stations and eventually anchoring and producing her own talk radio show on Voice of Wits FM.

Zamantungwa Khumalo, Co-Founder, Africa Unleashed, South Africa at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Abuja, Nigeria 2014. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell
Zamantungwa Khumalo, South Africa at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Abuja, Nigeria 2014. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell

Zamantungwa is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community, Tshwane Hub.  She recently won the 2016 Global Shaper essay competition on the theme of responsive and responsible leadership and as a prize, will be attending the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.  Zamantungwa has been a participant in two Young Global Leaders Education Modules: the ‘Innovation and Immersion in Africa’ andLeading for Transformation’ module, both hosted by the Wits Business School.

In 2016 she was selected as one of fifty Global shapers to attend the 26th World Economic Forum meeting, in Kigali, Rwanda.  At the same meeting, she project managed POWER FM’s first international broadcast across different shows. In the same year, Zamantungwa was a scriptwriter for the live broadcast of the Zambian Presidential Inauguration, in Lusaka Zambia.  The broadcast was on Zambezi Magic (DStv channel 160).

In 2015 Zamantungwa was a delegate at the Civil BRICS Summit in Moscow Russia and a speaker at the inaugural BRICS Youth Summit in Kazan, Russia. While in Russia, she was chosen by the Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Buti Manamela to be a youth representative at the Heads of States Summit in Ufa, Russia.

In 2014 Zamantungwa was Media Director of the Tshwane Hub.  In the same year, she was one of fifty African Global Shapers selected to be part of the 24th World Economic Forum on Africa, in Abuja, Nigeria. She was selected to be a speaker in a plenary session called, ‘Young and Restless’, speaking alongside Ashish Thakkar, Africa’s youngest billionaire, Kola Karim, CEO of Nigerian conglomerate Shoreline Energy International, Esi Cleland, co-founder and CEO of AfroChic Limited and Bineta Diop, Founder and President of Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS). The session was broadcast live on Channels Television and was viewed by over 4 million people. At 24 years old, Zamantungwa was the youngest panelist at the Forum that year

Her passion for international affairs has seen her representing South Africa at the United Nations for Model United Nations Debates; the Y20/G20 Delegates’ Summit in Puebla, Mexico as well as the G8/G20 Youth Summits in Washington DC, USA. She is Committee Member for the South African Youth for International Diplomacy. Zamantungwa has also represented South Africa at the One Young World Summit in Zurich, Switzerland and was a panelist for the Youth Plenary in the Brand Africa Forum. She was also a delegate at the 2014 Insight Dubai Conference, hosted by Dubai Women’s College.

On top of Mount Emlembe, Swaziland. 31 December 2015

Zamantungwa was Special Projects Manager at Youth Lab, a youth policy think tank which advocates for increased meaningful engagement by young South Africans on policy and socio-economic issues. One of Youth Lab’s programmes, iCre8 SA, a new programme for young innovators, was named one of Africa’s Top ten Start Up incubators to watch, in Africa by Venture Africa.

Zamantunwa is an avid-hiker and started a hiking group for black hikers called ‘Slayfontein Hiking’.  She has summited Mount Emlembe, the highest mountain in Swaziland and is currently training to summit Kilimanjaro.

Zamantungwa founded her first non-profit, T.R.I.B.E (Teenagers Responsible In Building Ekasi) at the age of 12.