Was born in Middleburg in 1958 and grew up in Whittlesea.
Sindile Ngonyama's career started off as a Draughtsman, for the then Ciskei Government. In 1980 for top performance in the 18 month training course, which he completed in 11 months, he received a bursary to study Architecture, at the University of Cape Town. On completion he worked both for government and private sectors, until he was approached by PLAN ARCHITECTS INCORPORATED, to start and set up their Eastern Cape office, in East London in 1993.
In 1997, he started NGONYAMA OKPANUM & ASSOCIATES together with Dr I OKPANUM, as architectural firm in East London. Within a very short period this practice grew to have offices in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Johannesburg. Sindile has been involved with a number of development initiatives, that include community development structures at no cost, to high profile professional engagements and has travelled extensively internationally, interacting with a wide variety of business people and professionals.
He was president of the Border Kei Institute of Architects from 2004 to 2007 and Vice-President-in-Chief of the South African Institute of Architects for 2011-12 and is President-in-Chief for 2013-14.
He is married with two daughters and one son.
(BKIA website; Daily Dispatch 2012 09 28:12)
All truncated references not fully cited in 'References' are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.