His other love is fixing up classic cars. Khumalo even bought back his first
car after tracing it back, starting at the owner he had sold it to. “It has sentimental value. It kind of reminds me of where I come from, where I started,” he says. Khumalo describes himself as energetic, and he says having fun is important to him. “The older, I’ve become, the more I value that,” he says. “I just think that there are more important things to enjoy in this thing called life than the next deal, the next material acquisition. I like nice things like everybody else.”
Travel is another way he enjoys himself. Khumalo’s favourite city, unsurprisingly, is the heady and exciting New York. He is also athletic, and makes sure to look after his physical and mental well-being: recently, he has picked up cycling. “I try to stay fit as much as I can, because physical fitness and mental fitness will allow you to get so much done,” he says.
Although Khumalo has achieved more than most of his peers, he still feels he
has a way to go. “You need to compete with the established businesses. You’re
no longer zero, but you’re not playing at their level with their balance sheet and
their big marketing budgets; but you’ve still got to compete, you’ve still got to
look cooler,” he says.
Pressure at work is not his only concern. Khumalo, the eldest in his brood of
cousins, says he also feels the pressure at home. “They all look up to me…” he
says. Leaning back, he takes a sip of his drink. “The one person I fear most is that person called Pinky (his mother)... Do you know what, if ever I did something really bad, the person I’m most scared of is my mother.
Disappointing her is probably the biggest fear I would have.” Although he’s a people’s person, Khumalo says that on the “rare occasion” that he does seek time to himself, his go-to solace is golf. “I’m a member at CCJ Woodmead. When I just need me time, I book a four ball with total strangers, people I don’t really have to sustain a relationship or conversation with — they don’t really know who I am, I don’t know who they are.”
Like a parent tasked with picking a favourite child, Khumalo refuses to be
drawn on picking a favourite golf course. “That is a tough question,” he says,
sighing. “I’d have to say CCJ Woodmead. The Links in Fancourt... it’s very
difficult, but it is absolutely beautiful. So I can’t give you one. I like them all for
different reasons. I love Zimbali for the coastal feel — it’s pristine at all times.”
It is this intense consideration that has probably catapulted Khumalo to
where he is. He is looking forward to the future. “I think I enjoy the journey
too much, but there is a destination. We are on the cusp of really changing the
media landscape,” he says, before adding: “I don’t want to be remembered for
the money I’ve made; I want to be remembered for the lives we’ve changed.”