Zamantungwa Khumalo’s passion in African development, women and youth empowerment, media and property is evident in the work she’s been involved in throughout the years. She is the Supplements & Special Projects Editor at the Mail & Guardian, where she heads up the team that puts together Mail & Guardian supplements and sponsored content, and conceptualizes new print, digital and multimedia projects. She was previously an Executive Producer at the talk radio station POWER FM where she led a group of producers in the programming department. She was promoted to the position after being a producer for two years on the station. Khumalo honed her radio skills on campus radio stations and ultimately producing and presenting a talk radio show on Voice of Wits FM for nearly three years. She is one of the Judges for the Liberty Radio Awards – the premier radio awards in South Africa, for the third consecutive year. She was the scriptwriter and content lead for the live broadcast of the Zambian Presidential Inauguration in Lusaka, in 2016, one of the youngest scriptwriters for a Presidential Inauguration.  The broadcast was on broadcast on Zambezi Magic (DStv channel 160).

In 2017, Khumalo was named one of 50 Changemakers Advancing Women’s Equality in South Africa and in 2019 was awarded the Young Achiever’s 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.

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 the 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.

She is a property entrepreneur and property consumer educator, where she uses her media platforms to help aspiring and new homeowners. She’s fascinated by Cities of the Future and aims to one day build one.

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.