Dr. Nzimande has risen through the ranks from being a teacher in high schools to college(s) as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Head of Department, Music Inspector, Acting Rector, Deputy Chief Education Specialist supervising some KZN colleges of Education and a CEO of eSayidi FET College. In all these levels of toiling, he has shown great tenacity and skills in developing his personal abilities to a point where they can be invaluable to his colleagues, the authorities and communities.
Having captured some business experience (1998-2002) supported by his present Unisa study of a Diploma in Corporate Governance, Dr. Nzimande has since acquired demonstrable attributes and high level of institutional managerial proficiency. Diplomatic training received as a cultural officer (1993 – 1994 University of Western Cape, Howard and Georgetown Universities in USA), equipped him with the negotiation and communication skills evidenced from the partnerships that exist between the college, business and the District Municipalities in the Southern KZN region.
His visits to China, Sweden, Holland and German have resulted in formidable partnerships that have immensely benefited the institution, through cultural exchange programmes and exchange in institutional curriculum innovations. His present position at eSayidi FET College, requires that he is au fait with relevant legislation such as: The RSA Constitution, The Public Service Act, The Skills Development Act, The South African Skills Act, The Employment of Educators Act, The Labour Relations Act, The PMFA (Provisioning procedures), National HRD Strategy, Rural Development Strategy and other related legislations.