Siyabonga Mbaba is a multifaceted creative, entrepreneur, event organizer, performing artist and community activist.
Siyabonga is the founder and Managing Director of Ghetto Magazine which focuses on African creativity and youth development, he also founded Ghetto sessions, a platform for musicians, poets, dancers and actors. The company exists to support the township tourism economy and promotion of vibrant culture of entrepreneurship and art development in disadvantage communities through creative art, where art acts as a driver of job creation and inclusive economic benefit, to develop and accelerate talent in the townships.
In 2015 he was the project manager for the Cape Town International Dance Festival for Ikapa Dance Theatre, as well as the Cape Town Graffiti Festival for Ikhaya Le Langa and in 2016 he was a finalist at the CapeTalk Small Business Awards.
Siyabonga joined the Heavy Chef (Pty) Ltd team as the Ecosystem Manager and Project Director for all South African township events, which is a community platform for entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs. Heavy Chef is the most popular monthly leadership and tech event company in South Africa, with Payfast, WWC, Whipping the Cat, Backsberg, CBC, Sir Fruit and Primedia as partners.
He is strongly involved in civil society organizations where he serves as a board member at Bathandwa Orphange and volunteers at Love life as a groundbreaker/facilitator as well as Nal’ibali where he was a literature activist.