Robbie Mkhonto was born in 1985 to a single unemployed mother in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga. He holds a BA degree in Developmental Studies (UJ), an Honours degree in Public Management and Governance (UNISA), a National Diploma in Banking (UJ) and an Advanced Certificate in Municipality Management and Governance. He is a self-made entrepreneur who had the noble idea and tenacity to elevate himself from the morass of poverty by starting his own businesses shortly after completing his first degree. In 2014, Mr Mkhonto was elected as the first Black President of the University of Johannesburg Convocation and he served as a member of the university council on various committees. Mr Mkhonto commits himself to the development and mentoring of the youth and other entrepreneurs who share his desire to further entrepreneurship on the African continent. He lives in Johannesburg with his family.