Based: Johannesburg

 An effervescent mix of beauty, brains, personality and star quality!

Straight off the dance floor of SABC 3’s Strictly Come Dancing season eight (2015), Bridget Masinga has always been one to challenge her own comfort and broaden her horizons in her pursuit of growth and black excellence. 

It was only befitting that Masinga partnered with Gauteng’s groundbreaking 2017 Liberty Station of the Year, KAYA FM 95.9 “The Home of the Afropolitan” in 2016, to bring audiences an energetic, charismatic talk show, Late Nights with Bridget Masinga, that is focused on the dynamic and colourful world of arts & culture on the African continent. 

The year 2017 saw the authentic Durban native take over the mic as the host of the hugely popular KAYA FM midday show, The B-Side with Bridget Masinga. 

Having spent 2015 as presenter and producer of Jacaranda FM’s weekday mid morning 09h00 – 12h00pm show, The Workzone with Bridget Masinga, she brought her signature brand of energy to the MTN Radio Awards 2015, Station of the Year winner.  

As one of the founding presenters on the hugely successful magazine show All Access on the DSTV Network, Bridget has cemented her brand as one of South Africa’s leading entertainers. With an industry record that spans close to two decades she has built a loyal fan base that transcends both age and race. 

A highly sought after presenter, actress, master of ceremonies and celebrity model – she continues to prove that hard work and dedication to your craft breeds success. 

Bridget‘s small screen personality is larger than life and so is her acting talent.  She is still applauded for her role in SA’s most watched and longest running soapie Generations, in the character Zoë. This hard-hitting, controversial and challenging role is one that even hardened critics say she handled with tenacity and passion. Masinga also played the lead role of conservative thinker; Theresa in SABC 1’s beach drama Bay of Plenty. The drama went on to win Best Ensemble Cast at the 2008 South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAS). 

By 2013 Bridget was already an established industry name and is often called on to take on challenging characters, including recurring roles on Mzansi Magic’s run-away success dramas Rockville and Isibaya. It is through her elegant and effortless TV presenting and hosting style that has endeared her most to many fans. Her repertoire of programming ranges from several shows on DSTV’s flagship urban teen channel Go!, M-nets popular quiz show Temptations SA, M-net Movie Show and she added her brand of sister love to the Miss South Africa when hosted The Road to Miss SA in 2011 & 2012. Bridget was also a critical part of the success formula on the award winning lifestyle show All Access, which aired on Mnet. She was part of the team that launched the property on a new channel Mzansi Magic when it moved after the first season, ushering in its runaway success. 

Masinga was also the host of her own successful week-end radio show, Bridget on Y on YFM 99.2. Over the five years she spent at YFM she had an opportunity to reach into the homes of thousands of young lives, providing a sisterly ear, a shoulder to cry on, extending herself personally to mentor young boys and girls, or by simply playing the hottest tracks on air. In 2010 she left the station to pursue her dreams of building her television production company Bridget Productions Pty (Ltd). In 2012 she answered the call to return to radio as a guest on-air presenter on 94.7 Highveld Stereo, a year-long opportunity that extended her brand to a new audience, and further proved her adaptability as a broadcaster.

The Durban born beauty‘s modeling career spans over fourteen years. Bridget has showcased for South Africa’s top designers including international design sensation Tom Ford. She has been a sought after face, representing many brands in both print and television advertising, since she first burst onto our screens as ‘the pit-bull in a skirt’ at the 2002 Miss SA pageant, where she nabbed the runner up title. Her campaigns include top local and international brands like Levi’s, MTN and Edgars, and in 2009 she was named the celebrity African Model for global relaxer and hair care brand, Organic Root Stimulator owned by Chicago based professional hair care company Namaste. Bridget was also a celebrity brand ambassador for Unilever’s newest lotion addition, Vaseline B3. 

But as with all pageant queens Bridget’s beauty does not come without a purpose, she is the celebrity patron of charities like the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, Joburg Child Welfare and the Reach for a Dream Foundation. In 2012 the beauty realized her purpose by launching the unregistered Jane’s Daughters Foundation by Bridget Masinga, a non-profit that celebrates the life of her late grandmother Jane Ngwenya. As a single woman her grandmother raised three children on a domestic worker’s salary. The foundation aims to provide children from single parented households with vocational tools through mentorships, financial assistance for tertiary fees and workshops to help guide their dreams. Jane’s Daughter also works with The Durban Children’s Homes and The Joburg Child Welfare to provide well deserved gifts over Christmas.  

Bridget’s spirit will always amaze, in 2006 she was invited by Marie Claire SA to take part in their inaugural Naked issue, where she was photographed with just a python wrapped around her in aid of bringing awareness to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in SA. 

As a well-spoken and engaging spirit, Bridget has been master of ceremonies for countless corporate and private events including various high-end clients. Highlights include; the Sasol Women’s Month celebrations, Total Women’s Month Lunch (2013), Miss South Africa pageant (2012 & 2011), the South African Film & Television Awards (2012), Masterchef  SA launch (2012), Grand Design Expo (2012), AFI Designer Awards (2011), Hisense Africa launch (2011), The Eskom Chairman’s awards (2010), Calvin Klein SA launch (2010), Design Indaba Petcha Kutcha sessions (2010), AngloGold Ashanti (2007) and the South African Embassy Democracy Celebration (Beijing, China). 

  Her brand of big sisterly advice and trendy dress sense has endeared her to thousand’s of young women as a media role model for the new generation. Nominated in 2010 as a finalist in the G-Sport for Girls, Most Stylish Celebrity of the year, and named as one of Marie Claire’s Women Who Rock, it’s no wonder that Bridget Masinga’s star continues to rise as she is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s most valued media personalities.