Siyabonga Beyile is the 23year-old founder of The Threaded Man - Africa’s largest men’s fashion and lifestyle portal. In addition, The Threaded Man works with brands on communicating effectively with African millennials.
Born on the 7th December 1993 in Cape Town, Siya attended Wynberg Boys’ High School on a Culture Scholarship. As an allrounder he competed in sports such as rugby, hockey and athletics, and was also heavily involved in cultural activities including the choir, debating and playing the trumpet and clarinet.
After matriculating from Wynberg, Siya enrolled at Fashion School, LISOF, where he majored in Trends and Garment
Construction. It was during this time that he launched The Threaded Man blog, to cater for African men’s fashion. Due to financial reasons, Siya was forced to abandon his studies but this motivated him to focus on creating a business out of his blog.Even though Siya was told by many people that his business idea wouldn’t work, he persisted and built up his credibility through positions as an intern with numerous respected names in the fashion and lifestyle space. With the rapid growth of The Threaded Man on social media, Siya was approached by a private investor Sylvia Schutte, from full service communication agency Stratitude.
Engaging on the importance of reading is
crucial as we are ranked as one of the countries with a staggeringly low literacy rate and the
journey that Club Readership is undertaking, seeks to better the state of reading in Africa. In
line with this aim, we have introduced Club Readership Magazine to present reading in a
more fashionable format. In this issue of our magazine, we saw it fitting to have discourse on
gender roles and how they correlate with the culture of reading, by interviewing Ayanda Allie
Paine. Apart from her successful career as a South African journalist -cum- news anchor on
the Weekend Wake Up programme which airs on eNCA (DStv 403), Ayanda also defines
herself as a mother, a sister and a daughter.
CEO, Morongwa Maifoand CSO, Mahlodi Kgatle of Club Readership spend a lovely Spring
afternoon under a glorious Oak Tree at the Wits University; discovering the carats hidden
within the African jewel, Ayanda Allie- Paine.
CLUB READERSHIP is on a journey to making Africa great again and what better way to developing this continent to the giant that it is; than to introduce platforms where young people can start talking about African literature?