From age 11, Ancillar Mangena knew she wanted to be a journalist reporting on African stories. Immediately after completing her honours degree in Journalism at the University of Johannesburg in 2014, she was hired by Caxton community newspapers where she worked for just over a year before being head hunted by Chris Bishop, Forbes Africa magazine founding editor.
Since then, she has told many stories and earned multiple accolades, among them, this November, Ancillar won the ZIMEO Science and Technology Reporting Award; in June, she won the Sanlam Excellence in Financial Journalism Award: African Growth Story category; last year, she won the CNN MultiChoice Young Journalist of the Year Award, Sanlam Excellence in Financial Journalism Young Journalist of the Year Award and was a finalist for the Foreign Press Association Young Journalist of the Year award.
Ancillar has interviewed the likes of Christo Wiese, founder of Shoprite and Seinhoff, Michiel Le Roux founder of Capitec and legendary Richard Maponya. Outside of her journalism work, Ancillar spends her time performing her duties as a World Economic Forum Global Shapers. She also co-runs a reusable sanitary pads company that helps keep girls in school.