Sandile Zungu is one of South Africa’s successful businessmen. Currently, his net worth is yet to be determined but the fact remains that he has made a lot of money through his business deals over the years. The award-winning businessman didn’t just attain his current height in business and billionaire status overnight, he practically rose to the position through sheer hard work, ambition, and determination. Zungu came from humble beginnings; he was born in Umlazi, southern Durban, on the 10th of February 1967.
The billionaire attended Vukuzakhe High School and graduated in 1983. He proceeded to complete his post-matric studies at Hilton College the following year. Zungu joined the University of Cape Town in 1985 and subsequently obtained his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1988. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the UCT Graduate School of Business which he obtained in the year 1995. In 2000, Zungu completed a Program for Global Leadership certificate at the Harvard Business School in Boston, USA.
What Does Sandile Zungu Do For A Living?
Sandile is a South African businessman who is widely known and respected in the business community and beyond. He is also an advocate for Black Businesses, founder and CEO of Zungu Investments Company, which officially began operations in 2002.
Before he got to where he is today, Sandile started out as a Project and Plant maintenance manager, a post he held for six years before moving to work at the following establishments: Richard Bay Minerals (RBM), South African Breweries (SAB), Engen Refineries, and National Sorghum Breweries (NSB) between the period of 1989- 1994.
He represented South Africa at the 6th finals of the World Young Achievers which took place in the USA, Florida, where he ended up winning the Outstanding Business Strategy Award, thereby making his country and family proud. He also graduated as a member of the World Economic Forum as Young Global Leader.
He has worked as an independent non-executive chairman of the South African state-owned arms manufacturing company, Denel. Currently. he is a non-executive Director of Grindrod Limited and also a non-executive Director of Novus Holdings and some other great investments. He is also a member of the BBBEEE Presidential Advisory in South Africa.
Other business investments he is associated with include:
- Spring Light Gas Propriety Limited
- Scinta South Africa Propriety Limited
- Coza Mining
- Sereti Resources Limited
- Rockwell Diamonds
Zungu Investment Company also has investments in other areas like gaming, education, manufacturing, and engineering. The businessman has seen great success over the years and it appears he is not ready to relent from making more money. His involvement in these deals greatly contributed to his wealth.
Is Sandile Zungu The Owner Of The Famous Zunguness?
Sandile is the owner of the Zunguness Wedding & Conference Venue, a stylish wedding venue, and event center. The exquisite contemporary wedding and conference spot is situated in the idyllic Midlands and has a spa, chapel, and hall, accommodation. The place is equally beautified with indigenous plants.
The businessman celebrated his 50th birthday at the fabulous venue and it was attended by prominent people from far and wide, friends, well-wishers, and family, including his four children.
Sandile Zungu’s Latest Acquisition Is A Football Side
Sandile Zungu is a respected entrepreneur with a great sense of business administration and investment. The business mogul is the new owner of the South African football side AmaZulu, which he recently bought from Dr. Patrick Sokhela. The business deal was finalized on the 2nd of October in 2020. Speaking in an interview subsequently, Dr. Sokhela, who was the chairman of the club for 16 years, affirmed that Sandile had acquired 100% ownership of the KZN club.
Zungu also expressed his joy at the acquisition of his new business venture and readiness to take AmaZulu to the heights and greatness it is destined for. He is looking at transforming the struggling team into a championship-winning side and pushing them to a position where they can fight for the Premiership title. Usuthu has not finished in the top eight since the 2011/12 season.
— AmaZulu FC (@AmaZuluFootball) October 2, 2020
The exact amount the businessman paid to take over the ownership of the club is yet to be published.
A Look At What Sandile’s Net Worth Looks Like
Currently, Sandile’s net worth is not available but one could assume that since he helped SARHWU investments company make more than R6 million from zero assets as of when he was in charge and also owns many businesses with shares in many other establishments, including a football club, there is every possibility that the value of his assets runs in millions or (if not billions).
Unfortunately, information about the growth of his net worth over the years, including the figure it was at in different years to date is not available for public consumption.
The Businessman Has Some Awards Under His Belt
The adept businessman has done so well for himself over the years. He has been consistent, productive, and a good leader. He stands out as one of the most influential black businessmen of his time. In 2000, he won the prestigious Outstanding Business Strategy award at the 6th finals of the World Young Business Achievers, in Florida, USA.
He has been listed as one of Africa’s 300 Most Influential Blacks. For the records, Zungu was honored as one of the top 10 participants in the regional finals of the Old Mutual National Science Olympiad. The following year, the businessman was 81st in the national category of the Old Mutual National Science Olympiad.
A Comprehensive List Of His Achievements And Awards
- Outstanding Business Strategy award
- Africa’s 300 Most Influential Blacks
- Top 10 participants in regional finals of the Old Mutual National Science Olympiad
- 81st in the national category of the Old Mutual National Science Olympiad
Humanitarian Efforts The Businessman Spends On
Apart from being a seasoned businessman and entrepreneur, Sandile is also a philanthropist. He reaches out to people around him through various ways, including sponsoring their education and health care.
His passion for the less privileged and other factors gave rise to the establishment of a foundation in honor of his late wife who died in 2016 as a result of complications from cancer. He launched the non-profit organization in her memory as his own way of creating awareness about cancer.
Sandile was married to Zodwa Zungu until 2016 when she passed on. They had four children together – one girl and three boys.
Zungu also touches other aspects of humanitarian efforts such as education and youth development skills through the Zico Foundations.