Bongani Zindela is a South African actor and television presenter best known for his role as Mzwake on the SABC1 drama series Mzansi, and for co-presenting the talk show Shift.
Zindela is a jack of all trades including a fine artist, a poet, an actor (physical theatre), a motivational speaker, a voice artist and a facilitator.
After blasting rally-goers with his explosive poetry performances during the mid 1980's at packed stadiums; he was picked up by COSATU (Council of South African Trade Unions) culture unit for a scholar ship to study speech and drama at Community Arts Project in Cape Town.
Excelling in mask-making, street theatre, mime and movement under the eyes of Patty Henderson, acclaimed author and playwright; Mike van Graan (Community Arts Projects), Jay Pather and Alfred Hinkel of JAZZART.
In 1991, he was offered work as a professional actor for Community Arts Project, a theatre company.
He joined Theatre for Africa in 1991 and toured Europe with a play titled Horn of Sorrow; he then toured Asia with Kwamanzi, Edinburgh festival with Elephant of Africa and performed privately for the royal family at Balmoral Castle.
Back home in South Africa he was offered a job as an anchor presenter of a popular youth magazine programme Grab on SABC1, which lasted for four years and toured the USA covering inserts for the programme.
In 1997 Bongani focused extensively on corporate and industrial theatre under the banner of the WinWin group, covering issues such as Safety Health and Environment, ISO 14000, ISO 9001, employment equity and globalisation, where he accumulated skills to facilitate sessions.