Zamantungwa Khumalo’s passion in property, women and youth empowerment and media is evident in the work she’s been involved in throughout the years. 

Zamantungwa Khumalo is a property entrepreneur and an award-winning media and content specialist with experience in radio, television and print. She was the Head of Content: Supplements & Commercial Projects at the Mail & Guardian, where she led a team that put together M&G’s supplements and sponsored content and conceptualized new print, digital and multimedia projects. Under her leadership, the M&G’s multiplatform flagship project, 200 Young South Africans, won Newspaper World’s African
Digital Media Awards in the category ‘Best Digital Project to Engage Younger and/or Millennial Audiences’. Khumalo was previously an Executive Producer at the talk radio station Power FM, a position she was promoted to after being a producer at the station since it launched in 2013. While in this role, she secured exclusive broadcast rights to the World Economic Forum on Africa meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, which saw Power FM being the first and only radio station to have multiple talk shows broadcasting from the Africa event. More radio stations were able to secure the rights in subsequent years.

In early 2019, Khumalo was awarded the Best Young Achiever Award by the Premier of Gauteng, David Makhura during the Premier’s Service Excellence Awards for her work in advancing youth issues both locally and internationally, in the same year, she received a mention in the Premier’s State of the Province Address. In the same year, Khumalo was appointed to the Department of Higher Education, Science & Technology Ministerial Task Team on the Fourth Industrial Revolution by the department’s former Minister, Dr Naledi Pandor. In 2017, Khumalo was named one of 50 Changemakers Advancing Women’s Equality in South Africa.

In 2016, Khumalo was the Scriptwriter and Content Lead for the live broadcast of the Zambian Presidential Inauguration in Lusaka, Zambia, which broadcast on on Zambezi Magic, DStv Channel 160, making her one of the youngest script writers for a Presidential Inauguration. She was one of the Judges for the Liberty Radio Awards – the premier radio awards in South Africa, for three consecutive years.

Khumalo is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community and in 2014 was Media Director of the Tshwane Hub. In 2014 and 2016, she was one of fifty African Global Shapers selected to be part of the World Economic Forum on Africa, in Abuja, Nigeria and Kigali, Rwanda, respectively. In 2016 she won the inaugural Global Shapers Community essay competition, where she wrote about responsible and responsive leadership, which saw her attending the 2017 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

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.

In 2015, Khumalo 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 then Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Buti Manamela to be a youth representative at the Heads of States Summit in Ufa, Russia.

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 was a Committee Member for the South African Youth for International Diplomacy for over three years. She 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. Khumalo was also a delegate at the 2014 Insight Dubai Conference, hosted by Dubai Women’s College and a speaker at the Leadership Initiative For Excellence (LIFE) Summit in New Delhi, India, to mention a few.

Khumalo is a facilitator, MC and speaker,  using her media experience to create and execute impactful conversations. She has facilitated and been a speaker in dialogues both in South Africa and abroad with young people to C-suite executives as well as Heads of States and Ministers.

Khumalo is an avid hiker and has summited Mount Emlembe, the highest mountain in Swaziland and Thabana Ntlenyana, the highest mountain in Southern Africa.  

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