Cultural Producers 2024

Software Engineer / Durban

Bongani Masela, is a software engineering student at IIE Rosebank College, who is passionate about using technology to solve problems and create opportunities for African youth. An entrepreneur, he also co-founded Pluto Africa, a digital networking platform that won the Intra-Africa Trade Fair (IATF) Youth Hackathon in 2022. As the Sales Director at House of 30, Bongani leads the sales and marketing strategy for the event management company, leveraging his skills in account management, market re-search, public relations, and revenue management. He has successfully secured and executed multiple large-scale events for clients across various sectors and had secured an international distribution deal with the largest content distributor in Africa for a self funded documentary detailing the creation and execution of a festival. He was also the Chief Technology Officer at Gamers Territory, a township-based gaming facility that aims to bridge the digital divide and promote computer literacy. Bongani’s contributions to the tech ecosystem have earned him prestigious recognitions, such as being named a Regional Finalist in the Global Startup Awards Africa 2023 and a Top 15 Young Geek in South Africa 2023. Recently, Bongani’s startup was selected as one of the winners of the AU Youth Start Up Competition and was awarded sponsorship from African Export and Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the African Union Commission, to participate at the AU Youth Start Up Pavilion at the 2023 Intra-Africa Trade Fair (IATF2023) that took place physically at the Egypt International Exhibition Centre. Bongani is driven by his vision of empowering and uplifting his community through technology and social impact.