WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
My full name is Sibahle Mtongana. Sibahle means “we are all beautiful”. People call me ‘Siba’.
WHERE IS HOME FOR YOU?
I was born in South African born and raised in the Eastern Cape, but for almost 14 years I have made my home Cape Town.
WHO DO YOU WISH YOU COULD MEET FROM HISTORY AND WHY?
Our former late president Nelson Mandela – an iconic figure in our nation, who masterfully liberated and united us as a country at the same time.
IS THERE A COLOUR / SISTERHOOD MESSAGE / MOMENT THAT HAS RESONATED MOST WITH YOU PERSONALLY?
I remember seeing a video played at Colour that showed Pastor Brian telling the story of a time when his daughter called him to ask if he could pick her up from school. He explained how he’d had to gently explain to his young daughter that Daddy was away in another country and so he couldn’t.
I imagine that building the Sisterhood and COLOUR movement would have required similar sacrifices from Pastor Bobbie, too. We are all now the beneficiaries of that sacrifice, which has reached the ends of the earth – even, in fact, to the very tip of Africa!
WHAT “FIELD” DO YOU FIND YOURSELF IN?
I’m a celebrity chef, author and entrepreneur – the Founder of a company called “The Siba Co.” which specializes in “everything food”. I’ve published a cookbook called “My Table” which has become a South African bestseller. I also host a cooking show called ”Siba’s Table” in over 128 countries. In the US alone, it airs to over 60 million homes through “The Cooking Channel”.
WHAT’S THE “TOUGHEST STUFF” THAT YOU FACE?
I guess it would be stereotypes – sexism and the occasional race-related issue – within the industry.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR “PATH” TO BEING FOUND IN THIS FIELD?
After finishing my degree, I took on the role of Food Editor for the iconic weekly Drum magazine, which led to hosting my very first cooking show, “Cooking with Siba”. The show ended up winning a South African Film and Television Award, and I ended up with a show on the Food Network called “Siba’s Table”!
HOW DO YOU SEE YOURSELF AS “ON MISSION” IN YOUR FIELD?
I absolutely consider my industry to be the “field” I am found in, and a huge privilege to have such a massive reach through which I’m able to share my passion, skills and expertise. I want to show people that it’s possible to be a successful, influential person and a devoted Christian. My hope is that my life would be evidence that there is God in heaven who loves and cares for us deeply.