"He studied at the Universities of Fort Hare, Cape Town and New York University and completed a B.Com, CTA and MBA. He served articles with Hoek Wiehahn and Cross and qualified as a Chartered Accountant (CA) in 1976. He became a partner in charge of the Umtata office. Subsequently, Hoek and Wiehahn merged with Price Waterhouse, now PricewaterhouseCoopers. Two years after the merger, he resigned from the partnership to join the Independent Development Trust in 1990.
"From 1976 to 1990, Prof. Nkuhlu combined his role in the auditing profession with lecturing at the University of Fort Hare initially and later at the University of Transkei. He served as Principal "and Vice Chancellor of the University of Transkei from 1987 to 1991.
"From 1989 onwards, W L Nkuhlu served as a director of a number of major companies, including Standard Bank, South African Breweries, Old Mutual, Tongaat Hulett, BMW and JCI. He also played a leading role in development as Chief Executive of the Independent Development Trust for three years and as Chairman of the Development Bank of Southern Africa from 1993 to July 2000.
"W L Nkuhlu was appointed the first Chairman of the Council on Higher Education. He served in this position for four years, from 1998 to 2002. The Council on Higher Education played a major role in the restructuring of Universities in Technikons
"In recognition of his contribution to education, business and development, Professor Nkuhlu has received a number of awards, including Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of the Free State, Stellenbosch, Cape Town and Pretoria; and merit awards from the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce, Association of Advancement of Black Accountants and the Black Management Forum.
"He was elected President of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and served two terms, from April 1998 to April 2000." 
- Founding Trustee, ACCORD
- Director, AngloGold Ashanti Limited 
- Director, Centre for Development and Enterprise