Simphiwe Mnguni

Our very own young gun, Simphiwe aka Simps Mnguni, was awarded the Brand South Africa Young Creative Award at the 2019 Loerie Awards. This award celebrates the exceptional creative achievements of individuals aged 27 and younger.

“Recognising the young creatives of our industry is one of the most important roles of the Loeries,” said Loeries CEO, Andrew Human.

We asked Simphiwe how it feels to take the top spot: “I’m still in shock that a girl from dusty Mpumalanga like me would be able to achieve this level of recognition. Winning this prestigious award has charged up my confidence as a young creative and really made me appreciate the great people that have surrounded me to get me where I am today.”

“As African creatives, we’re living in a time where the world wants to hear our stories and no-one can tell them better than us. We’re more than just creative content creators, we’re content drivers.”

“My advice to all young creatives is to collaborate with other creative people and seek for magic in everything you do. Learn and practice this every day and above all, believe in what you’re capable of.”

Simphiwe’s creative spark has its roots in her culture and her time at the AAA School of Advertising and then Sunshinegun has really helped her bring it to life.

She’s been involved in producing important work for Sunshinegun, from contributing to the Nando’s Global Visual Identity System, to the new crockery range set to be rolled out worldwide. She’s even collaborated with Converse.

Sunshinegun has nurtured two Young Creative winners in as many years, Simphiwe puts this down to the agency’s commitment to provide the right opportunities for young creative minds to work with incredible brands.

“Simps has Africa, and will soon have the world, at her feet.” says Bronwen Rautenbach, our founding partner and creative head. “She has a bright future ahead as a creative leader in our industry, hopefully paying it forward by growing future young creatives”.