He lived in the East London area for years– working as head of the Department of Economic Development and Environment Affairs in Bhisho before joining East London Industrial development zone and later heading eMonti STP (Science and Technology Park) in the Eastern Cape.
Before his current position as eMonti STP head, he was economic advisor in the economic development and strategic planning department to Dr Zweli Mkhize – Premier of KwaZulu-Natal and before this he was a Member of Parliament and served in the Portfolio Committees of Science and Technology and Trade and Industry.
He also headed the budget office in the provincial treasury of KwaZulu-Natal, and served within the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda).
Dr Abonta is a classic example for all Nigerians and African immigrants in South Africa who strive for excellence, that South Africa indeed can give you the pedestal to excell if you maintain a positive drive. He is a passionate schemer for economic development of South Africa and Africa.