1. I was born in Kwa Thema, Springs on 6 April 1987.
  2. I spent my first few years living in Kwa Thema with my grandmother, who was a domestic worker.
  3. My parents were both politically active academics who have always emphasized the importance of education to my two brothers and me.
  4. My father was in detention without trial when I was born.
  5. I did most of my schooling in Mauritius where my father was the High Commissioner for South Africa and I completed my schooling at SAHETI School , a Greek school in Bedfordview, a school that was founded by human rights lawyer, George Bizos.
  6. As a result of growing up in Mauritius, I speak French and Mauritian Creole, in addition to a number of South African languages.
  7. I graduated with an LLB degree from the University of Witwatersrand in 2010.
  8. I was admitted as an attorney of the High Court in March 2013, and initially opened my own law firm in 2015, before being approached to become a partner in a law firm based in Sandton.
  9. I then served as a partner in a few law firms in Sandton until I decided that I want to start a law firm based on my own vision and objectives of establishing a reputable black-owned law firm , which law firm, SN Mnguni Inc, opened in January 2020, and is based in Orchards, Johannesburg.
  10. In January 2016 I was appointed the chairperson of the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association (FITA) , a position which I still occupy today.
  11. I also serve on the AgriSeta tobacco Sub-Sector committee, the SARS Customs & Excise Tobacco Industry Forum, and the SARS National Customs & Excise Stakeholder Forum.
  12. I have recently been appointed as Chairperson of a cannabis industry lobby group, which group seeks to reinvigorate the South African economy via the cannabis industry and to create a working and beneficial relationship between all cannabis industry stakeholders.
  13. I am a keen investor in property and am currently working on building my personal portfolio, with the ultimate goal to establish a property development company.
  14. I am also in the process of setting up a number of businesses in several industries in which I have had a lot of exposure over the years.
  15. Unemployment is a serious issue in the country and we all need to play a role in trying to alleviate this and the many other issues plaguing our beautiful country.

Sinen Mnguni

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