Mr Arthur Thamsanqa Ntuli was born in 1973 at Nkandla in an area called Vumanhlamvu. He studied primary education at Vumanhlamvu primary school and did secondary education at Nomangci Secondary now known as Mzikazi secondary. He did standard 8 at Sibonokuhle Secondary and standard 10 (matric) at Nkandla secondary. After matric he worked as a cleaner and cashier at Mabedlane (Mahlabathini) in a shop known as Ndlovane. He also worked as a security guard under Gray Security Company at Ulundi. In 1993 he was appointed as an unqualified teacher at Mashinga Secondary school where he registered a Diploma in Education (part time studies) at Rand Afrikaans University.
He also did an Advance Certificate in Management in Natal University. Mr Ntuli also registered a Hon degree in Education Law and Management at the university of Pretoria. He was appointed the Head of department at Mashinga Secondary. Mr Ntlui was also appointed as the Deputy Principal at Nkandla Secondary school and after that was seconded to the National Teachers Union (NATU) head office where he worked as the national recruitment coordinator. NATU also appointed him as national case manager and chief negotiator in the Education Labour Relations Counci (ELRC). Arthur Thamsanqa Ntuli also served as a school principal at Hwanqana Combined school and Lushaba Secondary school where he resigned in order to serve as a Councillor and mayor of Nkandla local municipality for 10 years. The mayor currently occupies the following positions: