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Who We Are

AVATAR is an established and successful full-service marketing agency with digital at the core owned by Zibusiso Mkhwanazi and Veli Ngubane.

AVATAR unites a professional team of over 80 marketers in two cities which consists of creatives, developers, writers, strategists, account managers, producers and many others. We create ideas which impact some of the world’s most recognised brands including H&M, Caltex, SKYY Vodka and South African Airways to disruptive challenger brands like us.”

We help our customers of all shapes and sizes decide what’s next for their business, and then we take them there by helping them build great brands and engaging customer experiences.


In this constantly evolving digital world, the connection between people and brands is constantly evolving.

Today’s customers demand more from brands than ever before. They expect memorable engagements from the brands in their lives, rewarding those that deliver and punishing those that don’t. This is why we think todays companies need a special kind of agency to partner with them. One that understands that the big idea coupled with great content in relevant marketing channels will make their brands desirable wherever, whenever and however people choose to engage with them.


We are really cool people to work with.

Our Clients

Cape Town


Thandi Davids
FOX International Channels
Marketing Manager

AVATAR has perfected the art of integrating traditional and digital thinking, in my years of working with them on my International brands I have found that they are a World class agency.

Max Modise
Marketing Manager

AVATAR have remained at the cutting edge of digital and technology related solutions for all our campaigns; their “can-do” attitude towards assignments and the direct involvement by owners and directors is a refreshing difference in today’s advertising world.

Kim Thipe
South African Airways
Chief Marketing Officer

AVATAR has been crucial to the uptake for the South African Airways social check in tool. It has been widely acclaimed from India to the US and back to SA. The tool has been featured on Huffington Post, Forbes India Magazine and other publications. The concept was simple, powerful and it resonated with the passengers who have tried the tool.  AVATAR took extra steps to ensure our message was reaching the right audiences the right number of times and that our budget was well spent. Well done AVATARS.

Wendy Tlou
Brand South Africa
Chief Marketing Officer

AVATAR won the pitch with their enthusiasm and innovative campaign ideas


Zibusiso Mkhwanazi
Group CEO

Zibusiso Is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and was a contender for Most Admired Ad Agency Boss in South Africa and in Jozi in the MarkLives Agency Leaders’ Most Admired poll for 2016.

He has completed management programmes at Harvard and Yale.

Veli Ngubane
Co-Founder & Group Managing Director

Veli entered the world of advertising after completing his BSocSci (Politics, Economics & Law) at the University of Cape Town and a postgraduate Marketing & Advertising diploma at the Red & Yellow School, where he currently serves as advisory board Chairman. He is also a board member at the Direct Marketing Association of South Africa (DMSA). He has judged all the prestigious creative awards in South Africa including: the Loeries, Apex, Pendorings and Adfocus awards. He has a passion for entrepreneurship and transformation within the advertising industry. He sits on IAB’s Transformation & Education Council. He was also chosen as one of  Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Youth of 2017.


Mthunzi Plaatjie
Managing Director - Cape Town

Mthunzi is a forward-thinking adman, entrepreneur and marketing extraordinaire, with profound continental experience in this ever-changing world of advertising. He has a passion for creating unique experiences and advertising, making his approach to business truly distinct.

Heather Smith
Heather Smith
Deputy Managing Director Johannesburg and Cape Town

Heather helps business increase productivity and reduces costs through aligning people and systems to company strategy. She specialises in the business management, integrated solutions and streamlining of client/agency operational processes including planning, risk and compliance.
Heather has extensive experience in advertising, having operated at a global level, coordinating & streamlining production output for 53 markets around the world.


Keep in Touch

our offices

Tel: +27 11 268 5223
51 Glenhove Rd
Melrose Estate, Johannesburg
2196, South Africa

Cape Town

Tel: +27 21 110 0849
Inner City Ideas Cartel, The Foundry
Ebenezer Road, Green Point, Cape Town
8001, South Africa