Masego Maponyane

Who is Masego Maponyane?

I think I’m a curious and ambitious person that always wants know and discover more about anything and everything in hopes that it will help me get the best out of myself.

What’s your best childhood memory?

Playing in the streets with no care in the world. Jumping right in and getting dirty, taking risks and getting hurt. A close second was probably roadtrips with my family – my curiosity was always stimulated by my surroundings which grew my creativity, appreciation of the little things and broadened my imagination.

If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently?

Things don’t always go to plan in life and you do certain things for a reason sometimes, perhaps to teach you a lesson you never thought you knew you needed to learn, it’s something you never realise at that particular moment but in hindsight see why it had to happen. So because I’ve learnt my best when I’ve looked back at those situations, there wouldn’t be anything I would “do-over”.


What do you feel most proud of?

I had a severe stutter from the first words I spoke until the age of 12, so overcoming that was a particularly proud moment for me. Secondly was graduating without a need for the scenic route – I regard this quite highly as I was working almost everyday during varsity and just had to learn how to manage my time well enough to make it. I couldn’t stop working though because the part-time jobs helped me pay my way through.

If you could keep only 3 possessions, what would they be and why?

My spectacles because I’m blind without them, my passport because I live and work to travel, and my phone because its multiplicity of capabilities means my life is pretty much entirely run on that device.

What would you want your tombstone to say?

I have no idea, it’s not something I particularly set out to think about, but probably something along the lines of “He Lived, and when he did, he did so unselfishly”.

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What is Bursary Network?

Bursary Network is a crowd-funding website for bursaries that acts as a platform for students that are need of funding to put up their profile of who they are, where they come from, what their academic performances have been etc. in order to motivate the public to donate to students that they feel are deserving. We’ve been around for about 7 months, we currently have 360+ donors, just under R400,000 and have helped fully fund 10 students through university. The aim and goal is to get as many people as possible to sign on as regular donors that would be willing to give with a minimum donation of R100 to as much as they want, and eventually have 100s of students funded by the network. Furthermore building it into more than just a crowd-funding site but also an opportunity to leverage off of that network and create a place for job opportunities for students too.

For more info, the website address is

What’s your favorite kind of coffee?

I certainly don’t have the best coffee knowledge but I know how much I appreciate Ethiopian coffee.


In which coffee shops are we likely to bump into you?

You’re most likely to bump into me at Father coffee in Braamfontein or Rosebank, or Motherland in Dunkeld West.

What does a perfect day look like?

In the ideal world I would be waking up in Barcelona, doing some work in the morning, jump out of a plane (with a parachute of course), spend the afternoon with friends and those I love at sea, have dinner with my family; and then because I grew up in a football loving household, I’d end it off by watching the El Classico at The Nou Camp with my dad and brother. Haha, imagine that 🙂

Photography by the very first Humans of Coffee, Alessio La Ruffa

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