Lufuno Mavhungu
Creative Director, Black River FC

Lufuno Mavhungu is a Creative Director and a lover of great ideas. In fact, it was her love of great ideas that lead her to work on accounts such as Nando’s, MINI Cooper, 1 st for Women, FNB, Hyundai and OLX to name a few. Along her journey she also collected numerous awards such as a Cannes Lion, a couple of Loeries including the coveted Loerie Grand Prix, several Pendorings, Creative Circle Ad of the Year and is a One Show finalist. When she isn’t making ads, Lufuno enjoys writing short stories and poetry, watching soccer and convincing her neighbors that she is the greatest vocalist alive – they’re not convinced though. She also enjoys coming up with bold (and often outlandish) ideas for every sphere of life. Lufuno lives by the ideology that great insights create great ideas, which then creates impactful work.


Thembalethu Msibi
Co-founder and Head of Creative
Blackswan, Johannesburg

Thembalethu’s Marketing and Advertising career spans over 16-years. She has
worked on several notable international and local brands such as Telkom, KFC,
Sprite, ABSA, PPC, MTN Business, Standard Bank, and government entities
such as Airports Company South Africa, Brand South Africa and South African

She is the Co-founder & Head of Creative of BlackSwan, a boutique
consultancy which has created brand experiences and communication for Puma Energy, Liberty, Mzansi Magic, Enel Green Power, LEGiT, MTN Ghana, and the Joburg Film Festival.

Thembalethu joined Ogilvy after graduating from AAA School of Advertising
and IMM School of Marketing. After six valuable years at Ogilvy, she moved to
The Jupiter Drawing Room. It’s here that she created one of South Africa’s
first digitally-integrated campaigns for Absa’s sponsorship of Design
Indaba.Taking a break from traditional advertising, she decided to explore
Brand Communication Design with Brand Union, and Sponsorship Leverage with Trinergy Brand Connectors (part of the SAIL Group) A firm believer in impactful and considered creative solutions, Thembalethu has successfully navigated all verticals of Marketing and Brand communication. She likes photos of miniature pigs and Beyoncé dance tutorials.

Bonolo Modise
Creative Fixer

I'm a Creative Director and Senior Copywriter not restricted to any medium. I currently lead the Tiger Brands portfolio and work on some Coca Cola brands including Stoney, Sprite and Fanta. I collaborate with clients and our internal teams to ensure that we deliver creative that solves business problems and makes these brands part of the fabric of society. In my personal capacity, I'm a singer and songwriter. I'm also the founder of The Curve Revolution, a platform that celebrates black women. I'm passionate about other humans, so I'm a mentor to several people. I'm also part of a real life-based YouTube show called Flashing Lights SA. It really just depends on which hat fits for the day.

Leroy Moeketse
Creative Head
VWV Group SA

He’s an Idea Engineer.  Claim to fame?  Crafting ideas for brands that result in experiences that build relationships with consumers.

After graduating from Vega in 2010, Leroy hit the ground running as a copywriting and strategy intern at PublicisSA. A year later he was heading up LimelightSA’s personal care clients and, three years after that, winning his first Loeries, including a Grand Prix, with South Africa's most awarded branding and design agency, Grid Worldwide Johannesburg. It was here he found his passion for Making Brands Mean Something through strategic-led brand design.

A move to freelance-integrated agency, Troika Imagineering Works, saw him hone his branding and strategic thinking skills, and it wasn’t long before Brand Union came knocking.  Then, wanting a new challenge, Leroy moved to Africa’s biggest activations agency, The Creative Counsel, to build BTL expertise with numerous FMCG and corporate brands.

To play an active role in bringing his ideas to life, he shipped to hot-shot experiential agency, VWV, where he conceptualises and guides local and international brand experiences.  

Tshepiso Malele
Marketing Manager
Brand South Africa

Tshepiso Malele is the Marketing Manager at Brand South Africa.

He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a BCom degree in Marketing and Human Resources Management. He started his marketing career at National Brands Limited (now known as AVI) as part of its Graduate Development Programme in 2003 and later served in various positions including those of Channel Marketing Analyst and Brand Manager –  working on brands such as Five Roses, Freshpak, Frisco and Ellis Brown Creamer.

Tshepiso has also worked at Kellogg’s South Africa as brand manager, and has also had the privilege of working at the national carrier, South African Airways, before joining Brand South Africa. He has also served in the capacity of Acting Country Head at Brand South Africa’s office in Beijing between 2017 and 2018.