Sbu Mpungose

Editor, Bona Magazine

At 28 Sbu Mpungose is younger than most South
African editors but she has already edited two
magazines � Move! and Bona, the only publication that's
available in three South African languages besides English.
She's about to add a third to her resume: starting in
July, Mpungose will be the editor of True Love.
"Journalism proposed to and married me,� she says, as
we sit chatting in a Hyde Park coffee shop.
Mpungose, who grew up in Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal, and
studied at Tshwane university of Technology, didn't plan
to become a magazine journalist but says it was a natural
second choice because of her fascination with the industry.
Being trained as a subeditor by the Independent Group
in 2005, she says, "changed her life� . In 2006, in her fi rst
year as editor of Move! and just 24 years old, Mpungose
received the Editor of the Year Award.
In 2009, after her appointment as editor of Bona, she
received the Vodacom Rising Star Award, which applauds
the efforts of a woman under the age of 30 who is already
making an impact on the media industry.
� Karabo Keepile

Lunch spot: Nambitha, Soweto, Johannesburg