KHANYI DHLOMO

Media mogul with a passion for luxury retailing

Founder of Ndalo Media and Destiny Connect; and co-founder of Luminance

Country: South Africa

Sector: Media, Publishing & Retail


Khanyi Dhlomo is the Managing Director of Ndalo Media, which she founded in 2007. She is also the founder of DestinyConnect and the founding editor of Destiny Magazine. Before starting her own media company, Khanyi was editor of True Love magazine for eight years. In 2013, Khanyi ventured in retail and launched Luminance, a high-end fashion and lifestyle department store. Khanyi 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.

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Khanyi's Startup Story 

Entrepreneurship runs in Khanyi Dhlomo’s veins, and in particular the retail business, with her parents and grandparents having been entrepreneurs. It all started with her grandfather, a teacher and businessman, buying land in KwaZulu-Natal back in the 1930s, which her father then subsequently bought to start developing shopping centres and opening retail businesses.  Her mother ran some of those retail businesses, with the young Khanyi getting first hand exposure to the excitement of the retail experience in those stores.  

Khanyi started out in her career as a young 20 year old media reporter, getting a big career break when she was approached to become the anchor for SABC’s prime-time evening news programme.  However, a love of print media saw her changing her career path to make a move into magazine production. She joined the team of a young woman’s fashion and beauty magazine in South Africa called True Love, rising up the ranks with the publication, to become its editor at the age of 22. At the same time, she expanded the publication’s readership in record time and won a plethora of industry awards for her efforts.

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What's behind the Luminance concept?

 "Luminance is based on the kind of retail experience I've seen in some of the world's best department and concept stores, where everything is aimed at delighting and surprising customers. It provides a carefully curated luxury and contemporary retail experience.  It's designed in a way that's proudly African, yet global in its feel, with plenty of attention to detail, great customer service and beautiful packaging that makes you feel as if every purchase you make is a special gift for yourself. Its a unique retail experience even for international shoppers but also a world -class platform for some of our best African artists and designers.”   

"While media is my first love, I’ve always been fascinated by fashion, luxury brands and compelling retail concepts. I’m also an entrepreneur at heart and enjoy bringing innovative business ideas to life that address a gap in the market.”

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Awards & Accolades

Khanyi's awards and honours include:

  • 2012 South Africa's Most Influential Women
  • 2008 Women in the Media | Vodacom Women in the Media
  • Alumnus of the year | Stellenbosch Business School
  • 2003 Most Influential Woman in South African Media | Media Magazine
  • Editor of the Year | AdVantage
  • S.A.'s Best Dressed Woman
  • Most Stylish Newsreader | Elle Magazine
  • Editor of the Year | Elle Magazine