Masego “Maps” Maponyane (born March 16, 1990) is a South African television presenter, actor, fashion designer, speaker, model, creative consultant, voice over artist, philanthropist and business entrepreneur.
Maps was born in Soweto in the Gauteng Province. He is the second son of the South African football player Marks Maponyane. Masego completed his high school career at St John’s College in 2008. He studied at Wits University from 2010 until 2012 and completed his BA Degree in Media Studies, French and English (Majors) and International Human Rights (Quadruple Major).
While taking a year off his schooling in 2009, Maponyane started attending modelling and acting auditions, where he attained his first modelling campaign, while working as an assistant to Lucilla Booyzen, Founder of SA Fashion Week.
Maponye was named GQ’s “Best Dressed Man” in 2011 and Cosmopolitan Magazine’s “Sexiest South African Man” in 2013.
Maponyane received a supporting role in the second season of South African television drama series, Rockville in 2014.
He was a speaker at the Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention in March 2015.
In 2015, Maponyane starred in a lead role on South African spoof comedy series The Real Jozi A-Listers, alongside fellow South African entertainers Da L.E.S, Trevor Gumbi and his best friend Tol-A$$-Mo.
Maponyane is well known for playing a lead role in the South African film Tell Me Sweet Something, alongside good friend and fellow South African actress Nomzamo Mbatha. The film was released in South African theaters on September 4, 2015. The film was removed from major South African cinemas about 5 weeks after release by Ster Kinekor, despite having generated R1 million in the first five days and having done well.
Maps presented E! Entertainment’s E! Beyond the Red Carpet: Saftas,which is an after-coverage of the South African Film and Television Awards alongside Bonang Matheba on March 20, 2016.
Apart from being well known as a celebrity, Maps is also a devoted business man. He showed entrepreneurial skills from an early age and has a great passion for startups of SME’s. He is currently directors in various companies such as Tuta-me, GM & Ahrens, J.Laurence and NicheStream. He has also been appointed as CEO of Mentorfeed and the brand ambassador for Investec Private Bank.
He spends time with his older brother Katlego and actress Nomzamo Mbatha.