Phumlani is a business and macroeconomics analyst, writer and commentator on economic, political and global issues. His writings have been published in the City Press, News24, BizNewsAfrican Liberty and Politicsweb.

He has been quoted by TIME Magazine, Financial Mail Magazine and AlJazeera. The Financial Mail Magazine also profiled him in its Backstory section in July 2020.

In June 2018, he became a Senior Fellow at African Liberty. His appointment involves research and writing on African politics and economics.

He sits on the boards of three organizations: the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR), the South African Institute of Business Accountants (SAIBA) and the Organization Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA). At SAIRR, he is also a member of the Council.

He has been interviewed on these television channels: eNews Channel Africa (eNCA), BBC World News, SABC 1, SABC 2, CNBC Africa, Kyk Net. He has given talks in South Africa and Kenya. Sometimes he also moderates conference panel discussions.

In 2016 and 2017, two years in a row, he was selected by Avance Media as 1 of 100 Most Influential Young South Africans, under the Social Enterprise and Philanthropy category, and Law and Governance category.

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Some relevant achievements over the years...

Oct, 2012

Accenture Recognition

Performance: Drives-to-Add-Value Award

Accenture South Africa

Dec, 2016

Most Influential Young South Africans

Under the Social Enterprise and Philanthropy category

Avance Media

Dec, 2017

Most Influential Young South Africans

Under the Law and Governance category

Avance Media


Phumlani’s academic qualifications consists of...

Bachelor’s degree

Rhodes University

Phumlani graduated with a bachelor’s degree on economics and information systems. Below are his achievements at Rhodes:
• Distinction in Economics
• Dean’s List for Academic Excellence
• Member of Golden Key International Honour Society
• Best 3rd year Academic Achievement in 2010 at Founders Hall Rhodes University

Honours degree

University of Cape Town

After completing his bachelor’s degree at Rhodes University, he pursued his Bachelor of Commerce honours studies at University of Cape Town. Here are his achievements at University of Cape Town:
• Dean’s List for Academic Excellence
• 2011 BSG Best Information Systems Honours Research Project Award University of Cape Town

Bloomberg Journalism

Gordon Institute of Business Science

From January 2017 to June 2017, he enrolled on Bloomberg’s Media Initiative Africa (BMIA) Financial Journalism Training Program. On the program, he completed the following modules:
• Capital Markets
• Accounting and Finance
• Financial Journalism
• Data Analysis and Interpretation
• Public Policy and Regulation
• Economics
• The Media Landscape

Governance and Ethics

Wits University

From July 2021 to September 2021, Phumlani studied a course called Governance and Ethics at Wits University, earning the certificate with a distinction.


A few things Phumlani is good at...


Radio talk show host and television commentator


Research on African politics and economics


Avid public speaker and debater on political and economic issues


Recognised by Avance Media as 1 of 100 Most Influential Young South Africans, 2 years running


A seasoned writer with published works in the City Press, BizNews, African Liberty and Politicsweb


A professional business analyst with practical industry experience


A showcase of Phumlani’s work...


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