Siyabonga has always been interested in the future of media and communication technologies. He had the privilege of studying at the University of Pretoria and Stellenbosch University where he majored in International Relations and Journalism respectively. After graduating Siyabonga spent time in print and online publishing working for Sowetan and then ITWeb. He received a fellowship from the International Ford Foundation Programme and Indiana University to study new media at IU's Department of Telecommunications.Upon returning to South Africa Siyabonga spent time in the digital agency space before returning to journalism and working for Media24, the School of Data and SABC Digital News. He currently is the program officer of the South Africa Media Innovation Program and a longstanding member of the Johannesburg chapter of Hacks/Hackers.