Former TV celebrity Khanyi Dhlomo has been named one of Africa’s top five women entrepreneurs by Business Insider for her current work in print and online publishing.
Having had an amazing break as a reporter at the age of 20, Khanyi became the anchor of the 8 o’clock news on SABC1 and was quickly known as ‘the sweetheart of African media’. Wanting to make the shift into print media, however, she changed roles when an opportunity arose to become part of the team of a young fashion and beauty magazine called True Love. Eventually becoming its editor, she doubled the magazine’s readership within a year.
In 2007, after taking an MBA in Business, she founded Ndalo Media with Media 24, and as managing director publishes Destiny magazine and Destiny Man. These two magazines cover high-end topics as diverse as business, lifestyle, fashion and grooming for both genders. In 2008 this was expanded to DestinyConnect online.
Khayni continues her inspiring work and was recently selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global leader. She was named most influential woman in South African Media by The Media Magazine in 2003 and made the 2011 Forbes list of 20 Young Power Women in Africa.
The other women named in the top five were:
Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, founder of soleRebels,
Carmen Tal from Morocco, who began a stand-alone beauty enterprise,
Divine Ndhlukuka, who built Zimbabwe’s first ISO certified Security Company SECURICO, and
Adenike Ogunles, who created the Ruff ‘n’ Tumble clothing range, which is now a leading children’s clothing brand in Nigeria.