Jimmy Manyi is the former CEO and cabinet spokesman at GCIS. Having worked at executive levels in the past, Jimmy has a lot of experience in the corporate world. He has, however, over the years faced controversies on his academic qualifications as well as being part of the #Guptascandal. Here is all you need to know about him.
Jimmy Manyi is a family man who has been able to balance his life both at work and at home. He has a strong bond with his children, now adults. This article talks about his life and his experiences over the years.
Jimmy Manyi profile summary
- Full name: Jimmy Mzwanele Manyi
- Birthdate: 20th January 1964
- Place of birth: United States
- Nationality: South African
- Marital status: Married
- Spouse name: Stella
- Children: Three
- Net worth: $102 million
Jimmy Manyi early life
Manyi was born on the 20th of January, 1964 at Meadowlands, Minnesota, in the US. The 65-year-old currently lives in Sandton with his family. He is the current president of the Black Management Forum(BMF). He is the former CEO of GCIS and Cabinet spokesman. He has worked at the executive level for Barclays PLC and the Nerdor Group, where he ran the Business Banking Division, Business development, Black Economic Empowerment(BEE), and Government relations. Jimmy worked for many years at Toyota South Africa, where he was the general manager, and ten more years at Anglo American, both as mining and an exploration geologist. All these have earned him experience and added up to his CV.
Jimmy Manyi’s family
Jimmy and Stella Mzwanele Manyi have been in their marriage for over 30 years. The couple shares three children, two sons, and one daughter. The two sons have already married, making Manyi and his wife grandparents to 3 grandchildren. He posted on his twitter account that for the more than 30 years he had been married to his wife, he had never raised a finger on her. Manyi twitter post was, however, misinterpreted, and he received a lot of criticism from the keyboard warriors.
Mzwanele Jimmy Manyi’s education and qualifications
Manyi has been in the corporate sector for many years, which has contributed to his CV and experience.
Jimmy’s education background
Jimmy attended Mhlotshana High school and later in the Department of Mineral Resources after the resignation of Thibedi Ramotja. His move was, however, cut short by Ramatlhodi, who cited that he did not meet the requirements of a postgraduate degree, and therefore they could not allow it. Jimmy Manyi CV indicated that the highest level of education he had was a higher diploma. ed in 1987. In 1999, he enrolled for a course in Marketing at the Institute of Marketing and Management, where he graduated the same year. He further attended Harvard/ Wits Business School in 2000 for a senior executive program and completed it in the same year.
Could Jimmy’s Havard qualification equate to a doctorate?
Being the president of BMF, he is prone to meetings and conferences. At the BMF 2017 forum poster, they referred to the CEO as ‘Professor.’ The title brought along confusion and created room for critics, who demanded to know how the professorship was acquired.
In 2017, Manyi had eyed a director-general post in the Department of Mineral Resources after the resignation of Thibedi Ramotja. His move was, however, cut short by Ramatlhodi, who cited that he did not meet the requirement of a postgraduate degree, and therefore they could not allow it. Jimmy Manyi CV indicated that the highest level of education he had was a higher diploma.
Why the criticism?
Jimmy’s face became popular in the media when he was appointed the Cabinet Spokesman and CEO of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) in February 2011. Manyi has, on several occasions, faced criticism from the public and social media. The criticism was caused by controversies that he has engaged himself in, including not opening up to the press, instead of telling reporters a simple ‘trust me.’
When he completed his tenure as the government spokesman, Manyi faced more controversies. A political analyst, Prof Adam Habib, told the Mail and Guardian that Jimmy left one of the ‘worst legacies as a government communicator.’ The then minister for national planning wrote a letter to Manyi calling him a ‘worst-order racist.’ Who knows? Maybe he has always been misunderstood.
Jimmy Manyi Twitter
Manyi’s relentless tweets aimed at discrediting the former minister, Pravin Gordan, among others. There have been several fake Twitter accounts that have allegedly been set up as part of a PR campaign to defend the Guptas, linking them to his twitter account. Manyi and Gupta-owned Sahara CEO, Ashu Chawla, shared emails which drew him to the #Guptaleaks scandal. Manyi allegedly tried to gain employment for both himself and an employee from the Gupta family.
A relief for Jimmy
The former spin-doctor is known to have entrepreneurial skills. In 2012, a shelf company was established, but due to poor management, it was inactive. Jimmy became its sole director in June. He bought shares in the media company from the Guptas Family Oakbay and became the surprise owner of The New Age owner and ANN7 television channel. He had media assets, and the whole deal cost him R450 million. The assets included a humble face-brick house at Meadowlands, Soweto.
Jimmy’s net worth
Jimmy’s net worth is said to be R1.4 billion. His properties earn him extra income as well. He has also worked at executive positions for quite a while.
Even after getting married at the age of twenty, Jimmy has never regretted the move. His list of credentials is always growing as he continues to add new titles. He has proved to be a hardworking man. Jimmy Manyi ignores all the critics, and it seems that they do not stress him at all. He is always optimistic about everything he does.