Khanyi Dhlomo

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Khanyi Dhlomo
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Khanyi Dhlomo in 2014
Khanyisile Dhlomo

(1972-12-17) 17 December 1972 (age 48)
Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
NationalitySouth African
EducationUniversity of Witwatersrand, BA Communications and Industrial Psychology
MBA Harvard Business School[1]
OccupationEditor, entrepreneur
Known forDestiny, various business ventures
Partner(s)Dr Sthembiso Mkhize (1992–2003)[2]
Chinezi Chijioke (2009–present)

Khanyi Dhlomo (born 17 December 1972) is a South African journalist and magazine editor.

Early life[edit]

Dhlomo was born in Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal, the daughter of Oscar Dhlomo[a] She went to school at Durban Girls' College, in Durban, while there she won the Thandi Face Cover Girl competition at the age of 16,[4] which sparked her interest in media.

She studied journalism at the University of Witwatersrand.[5]


In 1995, 20-year-old Dhlomo was hired as a news anchor at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), becoming the national broadcaster's first black newscaster.[5] At the age of 22 Dhlomo was appointed as editor of the magazine, True Love. Within a year of her appointment, the magazine's circulation doubled[6] from 70,000 to 140,000 and the magazine became the most widely read women's magazine in South Africa.

After eight years at True Love with a circulation of 1.9 million, Dhlomo stepped down as editor. Following the end of her first marriage she relocated to France where she worked as manager of South Africa's Tourism Board in Paris. In 2007 she graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA which is where she met her second husband Chinezi Chijioke.

In 2007 she returned home to South Africa at which time she founded Ndalo Media in partnership with Naspers and successfully published the magazine, Destiny. In 2008 Dhlomo launched which serves as the online extension of Destiny magazine and in July 2009 Destiny Man, edited by Kojo Baffoe was launched together with its online extension[5]

In 2013, Dhlomo launched the boutique department store, Luminance.[7]

In October 2019, a number of former employees filed a lawsuit against Dhlomo for non-payment.[8]


  • 2001 AdVantage Magazine Editor of the Year[citation needed]
  • Most Influential Woman in South African Media 2003[9]


  1. ^ Oscar Dhlomo was member of the KwaZulu Legislative Assembly for Umbumbulu,yamkela matebese Minister of Education and Culture, KwaZulu, Secretary General, Inkatha yeNkululeko yeSizwe, Executive Chairman, Institute for Multi-Party Democracy[3]
  1. ^ "Khanyi Dhlomo - BoF 500 - The People Shaping the Global Fashion Industry". Business of Fashion. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Khanyi files for divorce". City Press. South Africa. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Oscar Dumisani Dhlomo". South African History Online. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Who is Khanyi Dhlomo?". Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  5. ^ a b c Mfonobong Nsehe (6 June 2011). "Africas Most Successful Women – Khanyi Dhlomo". Forbes. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Winning Women – Khanyi Dhlomo: The glimmer of success". City Press. South Africa. Archived from the original on 21 April 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Luminance boutique department store launches in Hyde Park". Destiny Connect. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
  8. ^ "45 former Ndalo employees to sue Khanyi Dhlomo". The Citizen. 29 October 2019. Retrieved 28 October 2020.
  9. ^ Wakama, As (18 September 2017). "Top African business leaders to follow on Twitter". IT News Africa. Retrieved 29 October 2020.

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