Ntombenhle Khathwane

Ntombenhle Khathwane

South Africa
Trip: 
Dublin, Ireland
Mentored by: 

Mentored by: Morra Aarons-Mele

United States of America
Trip: 
Dublin, Ireland

After leaving civil service, Ntombenhle founded AfroBotanics in 2011. AfroBotanics manufactures natural hair and body care products using African botanical ingredients. At the heart of the AfroBotanics brand is promoting a positive image of Africa and elevating its positive history. AfroBotanics has a range of over 37 products, available in over 600 stores in seven African countries.

Ntombenhle has received recognition for her entrepreneurial work ranging from Destiny Magazine Top 40 Under 40 Women in 2017, 30 Young Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2016 by Forbes Africa, Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young People 2016 and 100 Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) 2017. She was selected as part of the U.S. government-funded African Women Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) to the USA in 2016.

Ntombenhle launched “Girl Boss South Africa – My World, My Rules” to empower girls aged 16-25, and a newly launched program, “My Beautiful Life” aimed at assisting older women to live purposeful lives. Ntombenhle is also in the process of publishing a book featuring seven African women in manufacturing as a way to inspire other women to explore the industry.

Ntombenhle has bachelor of arts degree in politics and philosophy from the University of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa.