Bongi Siwisa 2018

Bongiwe "Bongi" Siwisa is a business consultant specialising in the field of public participation facilitation for environmental impact assessment studies, social and skills development. She is a BCom graduate form the National University of Lesotho and also holds a diploma in Project  Management.

Bongi has been involved as a founding member of women's broad based empowerment groups, Lituba Lethu Investments Ltd and Qhamani Women's Investment Trust which has invested in a number of South African blue chip companies. Her passion for the community has led her to serve on the committees of various community development structures which include St. Francis Hospice, Emmanuel Haven and Vezokuhle Youth Development Project.

She has been instrumental in sourcing funds for disabled youth and children's organisations and has also facilitated job opportunities for the physically disabled, placing least eight disabled people in permanent work positions.

Bongi is a Director of various companies in the gaming/betting, fishing, energy resources and transport sectors, including Chairperson of Emfuleni Casino Resorts Manco (Pty) Ltd, Emfuleni Eastern Cape Community Development Trust, Zonwabise Resort Holdings Ltd, BVI Consulting Engineers (Pty) Ltd and Umsobomvu Fishing (Pty), She is Chairperson of Algoa Bus Company and a former director of PetroSA.

Bongi's vision is to ensure that Nelson Mandela Bay continues to receive a vote of confidence from not only the entertainment and tourism industries, but to also build on other economic benefits in the area. Her contribution delivers substantial benefits to the Eastern Cape and specifically the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro. She is instrumental in job creation with the specific focus on involving local suppliers from the Metro.

For her passion and dedication in improving our Metro, Nelson Mandela University is honoured to present Bongiwe Siwisa with a Council Prestige Award.