Bongi Ndaba is a South African writer, director and producer who began her screen career in 2003 writing for one of SA’s top soaps Generations. Bongi became the head-writer for the show in 2011 and raised the viewership by 3 million, breaking its own record. Bongi repeated her success in 2018 as head writer for Uzalo, where the show broke its record with 10.2 million viewers. Bongi’s original series Sokhulu and Partners for SABC1, won seven SAFTAS in 2009 and was nominated for an International Emmy. SABC1 then commissioned Bongi to adapt her stage play Shreds and Dreams (The Market Theatre) for television, under the mentorship of Zakes Mda.
Bongi has created Saints and Sinners for SA cabler Mzansi Magic, was lead writer/showrunner on Ke Thaba Bosiu (Greed And Desire) and eHostela also for Mzansi Magic, season two of which is currently in post. Bongi wrote on the International Emmy-nominated South African drama Home Affairs and in film Bongi’s short Father Christmas Doesn’t Come Around Here was awarded the Best Narrative Short at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. Her latest, Miracle, has screened at multiple international festivals, picking up several awards.
Bongi is currently developing her first feature and has developed a drama slate for SA cable channel MojaLove. She recently participated in the African Women Writer’s Symposium for the Department of Arts and Culture and is a resident script writing lecturer at the first township film academy LimAcademy in Eesterus, Pretoria, and Alexandra Township.
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