Mandi Poefficient Vundla (South Africa)

Mandi Poefficient Vundla is a writer and spoken word ambassador who was born in Soweto, Johannesburg.

Vundla made her debut in the world of competitive poetry in 2011. Since then, she has appeared at different events on various stages, including the State Theatre Night of the Poets, Arts Alive Festival and the Jozi Book Fair, where she was discussing protest theatre with Poetry Potion, a monthly online journal that profiles the community of poets.

Vundla has shared the stage with Myesha Jenkins, Natalia Molebatsi, Lebo Mashile, Phillippa Yaa De Villiers, Napo Masheane, Afurakan, Tumelo Khoza, Keisha Monique Simons, UK’s Yrsa Daley-Ward, Chanelle Gabriels and Joshua Bennett, and many more. She has also performed alongside the legendary Pops Mohammed and opened the stage for Ian Kamau.

Some of Vundla’s career highlights include her appearance on e-tv’s breakfast show, Sunrise and her interview on Radio 702 for her participation at the Melville Poetry Festival, where she was also declared ‘guest of the week’ after performing one of her poems.

Vundla co-wrote and featured in the Banyana Banyana theme track, featured in True Love’s September edition, where she dedicated a poem to South Africa for Heritage month and she performed at the screening of the Girls Rising international documentary hosted by Intel Africa. Vundla also took part in paying homage to local writers at the Exclusive Books Home Bru event and made an appearance on the e-tv hip hop show Shiz Niz.

Crowned Queen of the Word N Sound Mic 2012 in Johannesburg’s Slam, Vundla went on to win the Poet of the Year award.