Bethuel Mangena

BETHUEL MANGENA is a committed editorial cartoonist with a no-holds-barred approach. After studying fine arts (Wits Tech) he studied 3D animation (Boston Media House).

In 2002 he was invited to France along with Zapiro where he exhibited his work and received a medal in recognition of his talent.

In 2004 he visited London with 4 fellow cartoonists under Zapiro’s wing to meet and be inspired by leading UK cartoonists, and the following year the South Africans hosted a reciprocal visit by 5 young British cartoonists and their mentor, Steve Bell (The Guardian newspaper).

Mangena also attended lunch with the British minister of Foreign affairs as well as The Queen’s Birthday Party at the British High Commissioner’s residence in Pretoria.

In 2008 he was joint winner of the Vodacom Cartoonist of the Year Award. He hosts a daily cartoon column for Voices360, which also supplies the Independent Media group. Check out his Cartoons here. 


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The risk profile for African swine fever is increasing


The year 2019 came with its own challenges for the local meat producers. First it was the dry conditions during the planting period for summer grains (an important input in meat production) at the end of 2018, which prevented grain producers from planting the intended area. Not long after that, a Foot and Mouth disease […]

How can Africa indigenise capitalism?


Africa has not had the opportunity to engage with the positive aspects or benefits of capitalism. In Africa capitalism has been a negative force, integrating the continent into the international economy in a position of subservience. The real question arises as to how can Africa indigenise capitalism for their benefit, and have ownership of Africacapitalism.  […]

What is our plan with youth in parliament?


In his seminal work, Embedded Autonomy: States and Industrial Transformation, American Sociologist, Peter B. Evans, contends that the state has an important role to play in the development of nations. Evans argues that while the bureaucracy requires autonomy from society, a degree of embeddedness is required in order that development can be achieved. The state […]


Visual storytelling is a powerful learning tool

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How Morocco silences its critics

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It’s time to profit from your own purpose

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