Judith Mofutsanyana
CD, Avatar
Johannesburg

Bio pending.

Mohlalifi Lentsoane
Creative Director, FoxP2
Johannesburg

Mohlalifi Lentsoane is currently a Creative Director at FoxP2 (JHB). He has a diploma in Copywriting from the AAA School of advertising and has been in the advertising industry for 15 years. Over the years, he has helped South African brands become major household names, like Vodacom, Old Mutual, Coca-Cola, FNB, Hyundai and Budget Insurance. Over and above helping his clients solve their business challenges with unique insights into the South African market, his campaigns have been recognised and awarded for their creativity at the Loeries, Pendorings, D&ADs and Clios.

Mohlalifi has a laid back, down to earth personality and probably uses the word “dope” too often. But that’s dope.

Molefi Thulo
ECD, Ogilvy Johannesburg
Johannesburg

Bio pending.

Mukhondi Ralushayi Kgomo
Founder, Think Creative Africa
Johannesburg

Bio pending.

Neo Mashigo
Partner: Chief Creative Officer, M&C Saatchi Group
Johannesburg

On top of being the Chief Creative Officer for the M&C Saatchi Group, South Africa, Neo is also the Co-Founder of I See A Different You – a collective of Soweto-born creatives who set out to change the world’s view of Africa. In fact, throughout his career, Neo has been passionate about the creativity in Africa and producing work that better represents the continent. 

He is former Chairman and current board member of The Loerie Awards – South Africa’s premiere advertising awards. He also sits on the Executive Committee of the Creative Circle, a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting creativity as a business tool. Before joining M&C Saatchi Group, Neo was Executive Creative Director at two of South Africa’s largest advertising agencies, Ogilvy & Mather Johannesburg and FCB Johannesburg. While there, he was instrumental in leading both these agencies to the top spots in creative ranking tables. 

Neo has won several local and international awards including a Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity and The Loerie Awards. But his greatest achievement is his ability to identify and develop black creative talent that become leading creatives in the industry.

 

Nerine Gardner
Senior Writer, 99cents
Johannesburg

Nerine goes by many titles including copywriter, editor, lyricist, voice artist and grammar nazi. Over the last 10 years, Nerine has worked at many of South Africa’s top agencies including FCB and FoxP2, and currently 99c. Though Nerine majored in English at Stellenbosch University, she thoroughly enjoys the creativity and colour of South Africa’s indigenous languages and therefore finds herself enamoured with telling stories in her second first language, Afrikaans. Nerine has gained recognition for work in both languages, and maintains that a strong, insightful story can strike down any language barrier.  

Ntando Msibi
Group Head, Black River FC
Johannesburg

Oh, Jeso of Nasrec! There’s nothing as difficult as describing yourself. Ok, I probably shouldn’t have started the sentence that way. Aargh, anyway let’s just get into it. I’m Ntando Msibi, Creative Group Head at Black River FC. I love words, my wife, storytelling, transformation (hmmm...the T-word) and ideas. I’m also a recovering Coca-Cola addict. I would have preferred to say Coke – that’s catchier. When I’m not thinking of ideas, I’m writing them down and when I’m not working, I’m working. Before I got into advertising, I thought it was for all the guys and girls who went to St. What-What. I guess I was wrong. I’ve worked on some of South Africa’s most loved brands and also worked at some of the country’s biggest agencies.I love winning and I’ve got a slew of Loeries, Pendorings and Ad Of the Month Awards, including a Cannes Finalist to prove it. If you want to know what I get up to. Everyday. All.Day – you can follow me on all the socials

Sanele Ngubane
Freelance Copywriter, TBWA Hunt Lascaris
Johannesburg

Sanele is the founder of Toasted Samish, an online based shop that supplies creative services in all South African languages, except English and Afrikaans.

The company aims to tilt the balance of the scales when it comes to creative contributors in various industries, with a focus on advertising.

We aim to do this by making breakthrough communication in our languages, to compel our clients to speak the customers language more often, which will pave a way for new South African writers in the room, while helping the client win on the ground.

Sanele has worked at a few big agencies in his 17 years as a copywriter and creative director, and won many awards.

TBWA were brave enough to acquire Samish as their first languages supplier, a relationship which has thrived for two years without an employment contract, a way of working we envision will be the norm for creatives to come.

Thabang Manyelo
Wunderman
Johannesburg

Bio pending.

Thembalethu Msibi
Founder, Pie Slovakia Dance
Johannesburg

Bio pending.

 

Xolisa Dyeshana
ECD, Joe Public United
Johannesburg

Xolisa Dyeshana is a Chief Creative Officer and partner at Joe Public United. His passion lies in the world of creativity and it’s evident in the many accolades he’s received, both locally and internationally.

 Xolisa is currently ranked as the joint most creative CCO in Africa and the Middle East. He is the former Chairperson of the Creative Circle - the highest decision-making body for advertising creativity in South Africa. He served as Chairman of The Loerie Awards, South Africa’s premier advertising awards show and he also sits on the international board of the One Club, the premier advertising show in the United States.

He has won numerous creative awards in his career, from Cannes Lions, D&AD’s, One Shows, Loeries and many more. One of his personal highlights was opening the 20th annual Design Indaba Conference, along with founding member of Joe Public, Pepe Marais, in 2015. Xolisa has been named one of the Top 6 People To Watch In Advertising by Finweek and has sat on the juries of almost every renowned advertising award show around the globe.

More than anything else though, Xolisa is passionate about creating social change through communication and he’s been part of many industry efforts and interventions set up to help young people from underprivileged backgrounds gain access to the communications industry. He was also one of the creative minds behind the creation of Brothers For Life, one of South Africa’s biggest and most successful behavioral change campaigns.