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Bongani Bingwa is an avid supporter of Orlando Pirate Football Club.

Bongani Bingwa (born 1 September 1974) is a South African television presenter, actor, and radio personality. He is best known for presenting on the investigative show Carte Blanche for over ten years.

Bingwa is the host of Breakfast with Bongani Bingwa on 702. He started as a news anchor and progressed to hosting his own show – Talk at Nine. He has interviewed high-profile personalities like politicians, thought leaders, celebrities, and high flyers.

Bongani Bingwa
Bongani Bingwa biography
Bongani Bingwa celebrated 16 years of broadcasting in 2021.
Background Information
Full name:Bongani Bingwa
Born:1 September 1974 (age 49 years old)
Place of birth:Eastern Cape
Nationality:South African
Education:History and English
Alma mater:University of Witwatersrand
Occupation:Television presenter, actor, journalist, voice artist
Known for:Carte Blanche

Early Life

Bongani Bingwa was born on 1 September 1974 in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. He grew up listening to the radio for news and entertainment. As a teenager, he became obsessed with Radio Metro, Radio Bop, and Radio 5.

The radio personality moved to Gauteng when he was 12 years old. His interest in radio was because people wanted to make sense of the world.


Bongani attended high school in South Africa. After his matric, he enrolled to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in History and English at the University of Witwatersrand. He further took a few courses related to youth development after graduating.


Bongani Bingwa leaves Carte Blanche
Bongani Bingwa left Carte Blanche to join SABC as anchor in 2018.

Bongani Bingwa become the presenter on a kid’s show on now-defunct TV1 in 1993. He remained relevant and progressed to be the host of adult shows, including Your Own Business and Channel O on DSTV.

The SABC signed him to replace Peter Ndoro as its prime-time news co-anchor on SABC News in 2018. According to the public broadcaster,

“Bingwa brings to the public broadcaster a wealth of knowledge in journalism for both radio and television news and current affairs.”

In 2018, the radio personality was a nominee for two South African Radio Awards in the breakfast show categories. His first year on radio was in 2005 at the community station Radio Today. He has been back on talk radio since 2017.

Bongani has been a journalist and presenter on M-Net’s Carte Blanche for eleven years but has left the current affairs show. He joined Primedia’s 702 radio station for a regular presenter slot in July 2017. His responsibilities were field reporting, script writing, and research on stories.

The presenter has interviewed many high-profile personalities such as Cyril Ramaphosa, Tony Blair, Thabo Mbeki, Al Gore, Rudi Giuliani, Spike Lee, and Graca Machel.

Bongani has appeared in many television series and soap operas. Some are Generations, Isidingo, Jozi Streets, Investigate Your Universe, Sesame Street, and Zero Tolerance.

He has also made theatre appearances. He played a role in A Streetcare Named Desire and Master Harold & The Boys. He directed the play Master Harold & The Boys.

Personal Life

Bongani Bingwa has a 28-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter. He doesn’t say much to the media about his wife. He speaks Xhosa, English, and Zulu.

Social Profile

Bingwa has established his presence on social media. His posts revolve around family, friendship, and fun. He never shy from sharing what he does with his leisure time. He enjoys swimming and playing netball.

The TV personality is more active on his Twitter account and discusses issues affecting modern society. He discusses topics making headlines in the country and beyond.

TV Shows

  • Carte Blanche as Presenter
  • Carte Blanche Consumer as Reporter
  • Carte Blanche Extra as Presenter
  • Carte Blanche Medical as Host
  • Deal or No Deal (SABC1) as Special Guest
  • Generations as Lawyer
  • Isidingo as Clement Khanyile
  • Jozi Streets as Patrick
  • Zero Tolerance as Zach Zongwane