South African Poets

Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban & Other
Botlhale Boikanyo

Botlhale BoikanyoPoetJohannesburg

Spoken word artist and 2012 SA’S Got Talent winner Botlhale Boikanyo (13 at the time) performed her poems at The Legacy of Hope Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital campaign inauguration in New York.

Gcina Mhlophe

Gcina MhlopheMotivational Speaker and MCDurban

After a business brief, Gcina then creates her stories around the company’s needs. The stories message can vary from teamwork and commitment to dealing with complacency and negativity.

Lebo Mashile

Lebo MashileGuest Speaker and MCJohannesburg

In her work as a life skills facilitator for adolescents – focusing on topics like gender issues, teamwork and sexuality – poetry has been her preferred medium.

Mak Manaka

Mak ManakaPoetJohannesburg

Mak Manaka is a Sowetan born poet and one of South Africa’s most stand-out performance poets of recent times.

Siphokazi Jonas

Siphokazi Jonas PoetCape Town

Siphokazi Jonas holds a Masters degree in English literature, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama and English.

Vusi Mahlasela

Vusi MahlaselaPoet and Solo Vocal MusicianJohannesburg

Twenty years as a folk-singer, world-troubadour and widely celebrated poetic-activist has earned Vusi Mahlasela the title of “The Voice” of the country especially with the anthem, When You Come Back.

Zolani Mkiva

Zolani MkivaPraise Singer and PoetJohannesburg

Zolani is one of the youngest practitioners of one of the oldest oral traditions in Africa, Ukubonga (praise singing). Hailing from Dutywa -a small town in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.