PROFILE ON A YOUNG PBF SUBSCRIBER - Sinen Mnguni
- I was born in Kwa Thema, Springs on 6 April 1987.
- I spent my first few years living in Kwa Thema with my grandmother, who was a domestic worker.
- My parents were both politically active academics who have always emphasized the importance of education to my two brothers and me.
- My father was in detention without trial when I was born.
- 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.
- As a result of growing up in Mauritius, I speak French and Mauritian Creole, in addition to a number of South African languages.
- I graduated with an LLB degree from the University of Witwatersrand in 2010.
- 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.
- 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.
- In January 2016 I was appointed the chairperson of the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association (FITA) , a position which I still occupy today.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.