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Women on the Move! Khanyi Dhlomo: South Africa

Khanyi Dhlomo had an extraordinary start to her career in the media in 1995. At the age of 20, she made history as the first black newscaster in South Africa. After the abolition of the apartheid in South Africa, corporations were forced to embrace the idea of a united country and this idea had to be depicted through media as well. This development lead to Khanyi’s promotion from a meagerly paid freelance reporter to an anchor. Her time anchoring the 8 o’clock news made an immense impression to the public and she was soon dubbed a South African media sweetheart. Her cheerful disposition and appeal lead to record high ratings with viewers eager to watch her reports.

Despite her great success, Khanyi had a greater interest in print media and editing. She got her big break when the editor of Drum Magazine (one of south Africa’s leading magazines) informed her about position availability as a beauty and fashion assistant for True Love magazine. Though the position was not as glamorous as she would have liked, Khanyi gained invaluable experience working with designers and models. After the magazine was restructured, Khanyi was appointed as the editor at the age of 22. During her time as editor, Khanyi setout to research the habits and need of her target audience, through this initiative she was able to double the magazine’s circulation from 70,000 to 140,000 making it the most widely read women’s magazine in South Africa.

In 2003, after a working as the job manager of South Africa’s tourism board while staying in Paris, Khanyi realized her desire to own her own magazine and company. This epiphany encouraged her to attend Harvard Business School where she received her MBA. Through networking, she was able to gain a wealth of information and lay the foundation for her own magazine. She returned to South Africa and established Ndalo media. Through Ndalo media, Khanyi published two magazines (Destiny Magazine and Destiny Man). The magazines thrive with content that focuses on catering to successful stylish South African professionals. In 2008, realizes the importance of online media and established, an online extension of Destiny Publications.

In addition to spearheading Ndalo Media, Khanyi is also the director of Foschini retail group and sits on the advisory board of the University of Stellenbosch Business School. She has received global recognition for her perseverance and dedication to excellence and was selected as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

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-Joy Otibu


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