Funny man Loyiso Madinga to close out HR Indaba Africa 2019


Loyiso will be the closing act for the biggest event on the South African HR calendar.

Stand up comedy sensation Loyiso Madinga has been confirmed as the closing act for HR Indaba Africa, which will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre on 16 & 17 October 2019. Raised in a rural village in the Eastern Cape, Loyiso is the first international correspondent for the Daily Show with Trevor Noah. His debut one-man show, ‘Born Free-ish’, was a four-night, sold-out success and he is currently busy with a national tour of his second stand-up show, ‘Problem Child’.  

Having previously worked in advertising, Loyiso started his comedy career in 2012 when he spent a week at the Teatro and shared the stage with international acts like Tom Segura. He has since gone on to write and perform on the two-time Emmy finalist satire show, Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola and has also written and performed on the hit sketch show, Bantu Hour. He is also in the Netflix Comedians of the World series, alongside other South Africans Loyiso Gola, Riaad Moosa and Tumi Morake.

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Reflecting on his meteoric rise in the local comedy scene, Loyiso says he owes much of his success to luck.

I was thinking about how quickly my career has blossomed and I think I’ve just been very fortunate. I used to work in the same ad agency as Donovan Goliath when he started his comedy career and that’s how I was able to get a foot in the door. Since then, of course, I have had to put in a lot of hard work and sacrifice, but it has not been lost on me that I have been very lucky, in many instances, to simply have been in the right place at the right time,” says Loyiso, adding that he is looking forward to engaging with a very different audience than what he is used to at the HR Indaba. 

Given that he is mainly a stand-up act, Loyiso says he relishes the opportunity to interact with people at an event where he is not the main attraction. Unlike those coming to his one-man show, attendees of the HR Indaba may not necessarily be fans of Loyiso’s brand of comedy.

“Some of them may not have ever been to a stand-up comedy show at all. But I’m pretty relaxed about it. I take solace in the knowledge that none of those HR people will be able to fire me or issue me with a written warning for the things that I say. It should be great fun.” 

Catch Loyiso at this year’s HR Indaba - the largest HR event on the African continent, which will give HR professionals an opportunity to learn everything they need to know about the latest HR technology, HR strategy, company culture, labour laws, recruitment, employee engagement and HR leadership. It will also bring together thousands of colleagues, suppliers, platforms, universities, specialists, recruitment agencies, CHROs and thought leaders.

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