Reverend Frank Mhlanga

Reverend Frank Mhlanga serves on the Executive Directorate and the National Directorate and is Vice President of the United Zimbabwe Alliance, UZA. He was born to a humbly family in Bulawayo. His late father Solomon Madzukudza Dawu was a professional builder, an unsung hero who contributed a lot in the Zimbabwean liberation struggle. He sheltered freedom fighters who operated within Nhlupho, Lingwe area in Kezi and was once betrayed by sellouts from the area who reported him to the Rhodesian forces who then laid an ambush one night by his homestead and severely beat him in front of his family.

Rev Mhlanga attended his primary and secondary education in Bulawayo. Thereafter went to Samende Primary School in Binga where he taught as a temporary teacher. He then went to Minda Girls High School, a Catholic Mission School in Maphisa Kezi where he taught secondary school student. After teaching, he joined M.A.S.C.A (Medical Aid Administrators) in Bulawayo as a Claims Adjudication Clerk for eight years before moving to Market Force Advertising as an Assistant Media Manager. He was the only black staff member in the management then.

Eventually, Rev Mhlanga moved to South Africa, where he lived for twenty years before his return to Zimbabwe. In South Africa, he was certified as a bookkeeper, he earned certificates in Sales, Marketing and Computer Literacy. He graduated and obtained a Bachelor of Theology from World Harvest Theological College. He thereafter enrolled with Unisa for a Bachelor of Commerce (uncompleted) and a range of other courses. He is an ordained and licensed Civilian Chaplain.

In South Africa, Rev Mhlanga worked as a Sales Manager and as a Statistical Analyst Administrator at Med schemes Holdings, a leading Medical Aid Administrators firm in Johannesburg. He then became the CEO of Franks Marketing Management Services, a consulting company and property agency. He also was appointed as a Non-Executive Director and Remuneration Board Member at Grant Thornton, a leading firm of chartered Accountants and Auditors). In this role, he led market research projects for the Government of South Africa especially in the tourism sector. He also conducted a successful research project for a Theewaterskloof Municipality housing development.

In politics Rev Mhlanga participated in the 2018 harmonized general elections contesting as a Parliamentarian Candidate for Bulawayo Central Constituency working with Joyce Mujuru’s NPP political party. He also participated as an Elections Polling officer in the first South African Democratic elections of 1994 that ushered Nelson Mandela as the first Black Democratic President of South Africa.

He has been affiliated with the following Boards, Institute of Marketing Management Zimbabwe, Estate Agents Affairs Board of South Africa, Arrello USA, Southern African Marketing Research Association, Zimbabwe Christian Ministers Association, Bulawayo Business Forum, I.B.M. (South Africa), Association of Sales Personnel (UK), Institute of Professional Managers (UK). He founded Back Home Streetwise to help homeless kids reunite with their families. He’s also the author of three Christian books: “How to find the right partner for marriage”, “Giving is Easy” and “Never Go to Heaven Alone.”

Rev Mhlanga relocated back home in response to the calling for church Ministerial work and currently serving as senior Pastor of the church he founded. On a personal note, Rev Mhlanga is also a gospel musician, songwriter, composer, producer and sound engineer. He is a community leader and community builder engaged in community programs and serves as the Residents Community Chairman. He married his wife Nomusa Tshaka Mhlanga in 1993. They have one son.