Phumlani Khumalo is a young, braved, vocal, energetic, esteemed, assertive and determinant person. He is one of those few leaders, a strategic individual in his local area, a social activist and a revolutionist playing a pivotal role in many structures.
Khumalo is a post-graduate for three-year National Diploma in Public Management obtained at Durban University of Technology (DUT) in 2009. He also holds three professional certificates in Mobilisation for Assets Community Development (ABCD), Livelihood and Markets, obtained at Coady Institute, Canada in 2011 and Project Management for Development (PMD Pro1) obtained at APMG in 2012. Other certificates received include participation in Leadership Development, Business and Entrepreneurship Development for Youth African Leaders Initiative.
Before being employed at provincial offices for Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) both in the Office of the Head of Department and in the Office for the Chief Director for Municipal Governance and Administration where he was an Admin Support trainee, Khumalo worked for Okhahlamba local municipality as a first Youth Coordinator drafted the currently used programs and plans. He also worked for the organisation called by the name of Philakahle Wellbeing Centre as a Development Facilitator from 2011 until 2012.
His great involvement with communities, youth inclination and the love of education is traced back from June 2007, where there was a national civil servants strike which resulted to a huge delay of the teaching and learning process in many public schools. Being concerned as he was at a time, Khumalo and with some of his friends who were doing their studies at different universities, voluntary decided to intervene in order to normalise the situation and recovery lost time at schools by providing classes particularly for Grade 12 learners. Khumalo championed student program which resulted to create free access for many previously disadvantaged youth of Okhahlamba.
His actively role in various structures, programs and participation in different meetings that include national policy conferences, Annual General Meetings, IDP roadshows, shortlisting and interviews of teacher posts have earned him some accolades and to shake hand high profiled leaders. He represented local youth during 2010/11 Okhahlamba IDP turnaround strategy organised by NCOP which also resulted to the establishment of Youth Office for the first time at Okhahlamba municipality. He has been a vocal delegate in local, national and international conferences.
His versatile skills on interpersonal, basic computer, writing, communication, presentation, facilitation accumulated over years have helped him to lobby different stakeholders, to make right decisions and to follow appropriate protocols and relevant procedures. Khumalo has a sound knowledge and better understanding of local government environment, structures, policies, prescripts, regulations etc. which goes as far as what is in the contents of each one, when to apply particular pieces of legislation, who is permissible or not and where to apply or not. When he was at Cogta Khumalo conducted for counsellor and local committee trainings.
Khumalo has served in many portfolios which includes a chairperson for Okhahlamba Tertiary Developers from 2009 until 2011, a founder of an Arts and culture group called Woodford Youth Club, the deputy chairperson for the School Governing Body (SGB) at Woodford School from April 2015 until 2018, secretary for uThukela District NGOs from 2011 until 2013 and a member of Ward Committee under Okhahlamba municipality just to name to few. He is currently serving as a board chairman for his founded Development Trust called Utaku.