For many, businesswoman, media mogul and retail queen, Khanyi Dhlomo is the epitome of entrepreneurial excellence and a shining example of women’s ability to dominate the world of business.
Dhlomo is the founder of the 100% black-owned media company, Ndalo Media, which she launched to much fanfare in 2007. The company publishes award-winning print and digital women’s lifestyle magazines, DestinyConnect and Destiny Magazine, as well as one of South Africa’s most popular men’s magazines, DestinyMan. The media company recently acquired global media brands ELLE and ELLE Decoration South Africa.
Dhlomo ventured into retail with Ndalo Luxury Ventures under which she helped found high-end fashion and lifestyle department stores, Luminance, located in Hyde Park and Sandton.
Because of her various entrepreneurial endeavours and successes, she holds various accolades including being named among the 2011 Forbes list of 20 Young Power Women in Africa and was included in the Choiseul 100 Africa Index of young African leaders moving the continent forward in 2015.
However, Dhlomo hasn’t been content to only be an inspiration to her legion of followers, she actively champions entrepreneurship and has been heavily involved in the empowerment of both women and the youth.
“I have had opportunities to work in the corporate world, but I’ve chosen not to at this point. I believe I can have far more impact creating jobs, helping women advance, and making a difference to society as an entrepreneur,” she told women entrepreneurship portal, Lionesses Of Africa in a recent interview.
Below are 6 times that Khanyi Dhlomo proved herself to not only be an astute businesswoman, but an invaluable inspiration to all entrepreneurs.
1. Mentoring Up-And-Coming Entrepreneurs
— Ndalo Media (@Ndalo_Media) May 24, 2017
2. Sharing Her Knowledge With Others
— BPSF (@BPSF1) May 11, 2017
3. Living Her Best Life And Inspiring Others To Do The Same
Flying out on a business trip to Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Oslo tonight. Taking these current reads with me. pic.twitter.com/CqilyawGxz
— Khanyi Dhlomo (@KhanyiDhlomo) October 8, 2016
See also: Lynette Ntuli’s 5 ways to become a next gen woman leader
4. Supporting Other Powerful Women
— Destiny Magazine (@DestinyConnect) May 28, 2017
5. Standing In Solidarity With All Women
— Khanyi Dhlomo (@KhanyiDhlomo) August 9, 2016
6. Giving A Shout Out to Local Talent
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This article has been edited to reflect that full ownership and running of Luminance was taken over by Luminance Ventures (Pty) Ltd led by Dr Judy Dlamini in July 2014.