Lukhona Mnguni holds a Bachelor of Community and Development Studies (cum laude) and a Honours Degree in Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies (cum laude), both from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Mnguni holds an MSc in Africa and International Development from the University of Edinburgh in November 2015 after having received the Commonwealth Scholarship to pursue his studies. He currently serves as a PhD intern Researcher in the Maurice Webb Race Relations Unit at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He believes in the promotion of dialogue as a tool to foster inclusive and sustainable solutions to development. Through various forms of writing and commenting in South Africa’s mainstream media, he contributes significantly to the national discourse on a range of issues from politics to sport to research-oriented subjects. Mnguni is committed to education and seeing every child in South Africa getting a fair chance to be educated to high standards of quality, irrespective of where they are born. In pursuit of these goals, Mnguni was one of the guest speakers in the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Strategy Planning workshop.
He has attended various conferences at home and abroad, contributing to high-level discourse and learning from those he encounters. He is the founder of TheGiveback Initiative in his former High School where annual career guidance and mentorship sessions were arranged. This project and his other involvements culminated in his alma mater UKZN recognising him as one of two recipients of the 2012 UKZN Distinguished Students Award. He also received the 2013 Abe Bailey Travel Bursary, a three week long United Kingdom culture and sociopolitical exploration tour. Lukhona is now an alumnus of the Brightest Young Minds in South Africa. He is a lifetime member of the Golden Key International Honours Society. He is a Board Associate for Akhani Education Social Investment Management. One of his treasured moments to date was in 2013 when conducting research in the African Union Head Quarters in Ethiopia, in pursuit of his academic discoveries and passions. Mnguni has participated and attended a number of conferences across the globe.
He serves as a Trustee of the McCord Trust that has a dedicated focus to fund and promote community development initiatives. He has served the country through various means including presenting to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry looking at the feasibility of free Higher Education as well as being a contributing political analyst on eNCA, SABC news, 702 Radio and many other platforms where he gives an analysis of South Africa’s important news headlines on a regular basis. For this dedicated work in and outside his workplace, Mnguni was awarded the Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s Community Engagement Award during the College of Humanities Staff Excellence Awards 2016. He continues to give public seminars and talks on key topics that focus on the development of South Africa within the context of the African continent and the world at large.