activist, speaker, entrepreneur
Masingita Masunga, is a celebrated South African host of the TV show “Masingita With Confidence”, an established motivational and inspirational speaker, entrepreneur, producer, TV director and philanthropist.
WHO I AM what I'M ABOUT
Masingita Masunga was born in Giyani Limpopo. An inspirational and phenomenal woman who dared to push the envelope and change the course of the term disabled. As a person living with Cerebral Palsy an abnormality in parts of the brain that control muscle movements and permanently affect body movement and muscle coordination, she has been able to beat the odds and become a force to be reckoned with. Masingita challenged the education system when she failed grade 12 twice because of her handwriting and from that experience she became an activist and has been making a difference in the country.
She is the founder of MISS CONFIDENCE SA the first beauty pageant for women with physical disabilities which was founded in 1999.She is currently the Managing Director of MASINGITA MASUNGA Media a company who’s business model focuses on a number of distinct but complementary businesses, operating in television production, exhibitions-conferencing and publishing thus creating a synergistic business group. "Masingita with confidence show" is a 30 minutes talk production that flights on Soweto TV on the DSTV cable network weekly. It is presented in English, Xitsonga, Tshivenda Sesotho and IsiZulu. The target audience is all members of the community young and old.
The show features guests who undertake different life issues which are evident through people’s behaviours and circumstances. This is an inspirational show that helps South Africans find restoration, vision and purpose.
Over the years she has reached many milestones being the recipient of numerous awards for a range of achievements, including having a driver’s licence and being able to drive a car to the list below:
2004 The Shoprite/Checkers woman of the year Arts and Culture category, named one of the top ten women in South Africa by the Star newspaper
2005 She was nominated for Cosmopolitan Mover of the year and the winner of the Amstel Salute to Success award
2006 She was one of the recipients of Cosmopolitan Awesome Women award.
2007 Rapport/City Press prestigious Woman winner
2008 Recipient of the Mapungubwe Arts Award
2011 Conducted a 1 hour Tv interview with Dr Miles Munroe who had intentions of working with her and interviewing her on his show.
She has been used as a case study for Project Management and Masters Degree Leadership class at the University of Witwatersrand Business School.
On numerous occasions she has been named one of the most influential women in South Africa.
Masingita provides assistance needed by hardworking high achieving young people to access education and creating opportunities for better lives. She provides variety of support to current recipients including funding of school fees, accommodation, and youth development programs for youth across South Africa, both with physical disabilities and those affected by the pains of a broken society. Her first recipient of a school bursary, Taryn Deckford is doing 3rd year at the University of Cape Town to complete a Commerce degree in Accounting. While the others are still completing high school, Megan Deckford is in matric at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in Johannesburg.
She is a living proof that if you dream it, you can achieve it and that impossibility is in the mind. Masingita is true inspiration on the African Continent and looks forward to building global relationships that honour the spirit of her purpose.