Born and bred in the KwaZulu Natal province of South Africa, Bongani Mavuso is a Senior Producer/ Presenter (Ukhozi FM), Entrepreneur and Poet.
A consummate lover of the arts, especially the literary arts, Mavuso has and is not only prolific in his production of these in print, radio, video, television, film and practical interactive performances at home and abroad, but spend most of his time propagating and promoting literature, especially poetry in isiZulu and other languages, including English.
On Ukhozi Fm, he initiated a poetry slot (Back to My Roots) which has been running since 2005 every Friday between 10h30 and 11h00.
In 2005, he started a column which published poetry for 4 years on South Africa’s leading Zulu weekend newspaper, Ilanga Langesonto. He now has a poetry column on the leading daily newspaper, Isolezwe. He also had a column on Ilanga LeTheku where he wrote poetry articles that focused on the artistic works of African poets.
In promoting literature as an arts genre, Bongani Mavuso has also worked with a number of government departments/institutions, community organisations, corporate companies, schools, theatres, embassies, etc.
In 2008, he was invited by the South African Embassy in the Netherlands to present a paper on the role of poetry in promoting South Africa’s heritage. He also presented a paper at the International Summit on Traditional Leadership at the ICC, Durban (2008).
In 2009, he performed at Poetry Africa festival organised by the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Under his belt, he has released an album, The Story of My Life (2017) and eleven books as the sole author, contributor, editor, translator, publisher and originator.
A founder and executive director of KaMavuso Publishers Pty Ltd (Publishing company, established in 2017), Mavuso is a board member of:
- 1. National Arts Council (2017 – 2020)
- Gcinamasiko Heritage Trust (2015)
- IsiZulu National Language Body (Advisory Committee Member: 2016)
Among the awards he’s been honoured with, include:
- Indondo Community Development Award (2013)
- South African Traditional Music Awards: SATMA (Nominated in 2013)
- Zululand Mayoral Award: (Zululand District Municipality: 2013)
- MTN Radio Awards: (Nominated, 2013 & 2014)
- KZN Financial Literacy Association: Finance Literacy Award (2015)
- South African Traditional Music Awards (Nominated, 2017)
As a literary journalist, he has worked with the following radio stations:
- Tembisa Info Radio (1999 – 2000)
- Alex Fm (2001 – 2003)
- Ukhozi Fm (2004 – present)