10 Binge-worthy Local YouTube Channels You'll Want to Subscribe to Now

Presenting the YouTube power list 💥

Bold, funny and addictive, South African YouTubers are fast creating a captive online community. Home-grown YouTubers are kicking down the doors of video creation one subscriber at a time. You may know them by the infamous opening line, ‘Hi, guys, welcome to my YouTube channel’ or their off-the-wall games and bomb makeup tutorials. The continent’s most creative voices are sharing their stories and clocking up a culture of fandom that is uniquely African.

As part of the COSMO Influencer March issue, we take you through some of SA’s fave Youtubers and give you the full insider on our fave content creators. Subscribe to their channel and you wont regret it. The SA Youtube scene is growing rapidly with so many more players joining the renowned video platform every single day.

Meet the Fierce YouTubers Owning The SA YouTube Scene

Ofentse and Nelisiwe Mwase  


Subscribers: 108 655

What does the channel offer

Husband and wife Ofentse and Nelisiwe Mwase have expertly created a channel full of comedic skits that celebrate and poke fun at South African pop culture. The channel often spoofs popular shows such as Cheaters and Isibaya, giving the Mzansi flavour to mainstream entertainment. Oftentse, who is both director and cinematographer, captures all the comedy gold while Nelisiwe writes, produces and/or acts in the YouTube episodes.

The couple described their channel as ‘the home of South Africa’s most amazing visuals’. They own an award-winning production company called Ofentse Films, which has produced some of SA’s hottest commercials, music videos and behind-the-scenes coverage for award-winning stars such as Prince Kaybee, Fifi Cooper and Sjava. The channel’s viral content has given a platform to up-and-coming comedians such as TaFire Deli (@TaFire), who light up social media with their LOL presence. The killer couple aims to create disruptive and uniquely South African content for all.

Microwave Boys

Larry Nhlane , Sipho Muchindu and Sphakamiso Ngonyama

Subscribers: 18 696

What does the channel offer?

If it’s viral, entertaining or pop culture-related, there are only three guys who can give you the best commentary on the latest news and scandals. Microwave Boys offer the hottest entertainment news; dressed in quick wit, playful jabs and belly laughs that will cheer up anyone’s bad day. Having only joined the YouTube community in early 2017, this trio forms part of an online collective called Anarchadium.

The collective has produced a number of online successful shows like Broke N*ggaz. Boasting up to 28 000 views on a single video, this trio continues to bust the online myth that shorter content guarantees higher viewership. The guy gang have hosted big stars such as Nasty C, Emtee and Cassper Nyovest, and collaborated with many brands to create content that pushes the boundaries of entertainment as we know it. The trio’s charismatic working relationship scored them a daily breakfast show slot on Touch HD called ‘The Breakfast Wave’.

Pap Culture

Nwabisa Mda, Bongeka Masango,  and Thembe Mahlaba

Subscribers: 9 341

What does the channel offer?

Fierce, fun and feminist content creators came together to form Pap Culture. The channel provides an entertainment hub with authentic storytelling for a millennial audience. In weekly episodes, various topical themes are unpacked from childhood celebrity culture to managing one’s finance. This trio has cultivated thought-provoking content that’s earned them a place on the 2017 Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans. Bongeka, Nwabisa and Thembe also starred in the award-winning Vagina Varsity campaign, which scored three Loeries wins. Yaas!

If that isn’t enough the pap culture queens created all this success while juggling full time work. Bongeka works as a full time video producer and Nwabisa is killing the advertising game as a strategist and Thembe is tackling the world of public relations all while giving you all the content you didn’t know you need.  If you don’t believe how much these girls slay watch their most watched video – a fun take on Ellen Degeneres’ classic 5 Second Rule game only now they have to answer questions about growing up black. It’s a hilarious trip down memory lane. Get your binge on

The A1

Moyin Oloruntoba

Moyin Oloruntoba (@TheRealMoyin)

Subscribers: 11 852

What does the channel offer?

From celebrity entertainment news, interviews and event coverage to red-carpet fashion reviews, The A1 provides A+ coverage of Celebville. Created in 2015, Moyin Oloruntoba’s channel is no stranger to the SA YouTube scene, offering hot gossip and interviewing guest stars who often bring the shade and sass you didn’t even know you needed. Oloruntoba has collaborated with some of the best and most followed personalities such as Maps Maponyane and Moshe Ndiki.  The Nigerian-born and Cape Town-raised YouTuber. If you thought managing one YouTube channel was hard, trust Oloruntoba to take on the challenge of having two channels – The A1 Life takes viewers behind the scenes of creating YouTube content. With her top-performing video about AKA and Bongangs’ then on-again off again relationship sitting at just more than 400 000 views, it’s clear why Oloruntoba is the authority on all things entertainment.

Cynthia Gwebu 

Subscribers: 28 532

What does the channel offer?

Think omg beauty looks and easy-to-follow makeup tutorials, Cynthia Gwebu gives the real on the beauty business and shows us how to master the infamous Kardashian contour game, like a boss. As a lifestyle content enthusiast, Cynthia’s videos range between reviews, how-to’s and vlogs, which follow her endeavours as she attends the hottest events and travels around the world. Her killer work ethic has scored her page more than 1,8-million views on YouTube over the last five years. Expect guest appearances from her family members or well-known YouTubers such as the Pap Culture trio and Aisha Baker-Parnell as they go head-to-head doing crazy and sometimes hilarious makeup challenges. This beauty babe has cemented her place in the YouTube community with ever-changing content and fresh takes on all things beauty-related.

Zuziwe Gcuku 

Subscribers: 23 222

What does the channel offer?

What makes newcomer Zuziwe Gcuku’s offering extra special is how she openly explores the journey of motherhood and being a wife. Zuziwe’s channel provides helpful lifestyle content to followers, reviewing popular makeup and haircare brands, while also taking us through hilarious and heart-warming story-time episodes where we get to know her as both a mother and partner. The channel has recurring features such as ‘Following Your Fav’ where she collaborates with YouTube stars like Mihlali Ndamase and Yolenda Jawe to talk hair, fashion and makeup. It’s clear that viewers are constantly craving inspo from multitasking superstars – and Zuziwe is one of them. Get you a girl who can do it all!

Sushi and Wasabi

George Mnguni and Sasha Langa

Subscribers: 12 774

What does the channel offer?

The phrase ‘love lives here’ best describes this YouTube couple. Sasha and George joined the YouTube community in 2017. Fondly known as OkayWasabi, George has his own channel called OkayWasabi, which showcases gut-busting skits that often include his best friend. The comedian teamed up with his long-time girlfriend to give the YouTube community all the feels. The duo describes their channel content as ‘informative and fun videos that include challenges and discussions about trying to make a relationship work while being students and hustling’. They share totally relatable anecdotes of dating – from running down their celebrity crushes to vlogs on their baecations. At times the two create seriously funny skits based on viral content circulating the Web. Viewers are offered a virtual window into seemingly mundane activities such as cooking or thrifting together. It’s adorable! The chemistry between the two is contagious and has cemented their rapid growth on the streaming service.

Sibu MpanzaSA/More Mpanza 

Subscribers: 16770

What does the channel offer?

Sibu Mpanza is an all-round fave in the SA YouTube community with two YouTube channels, both with a subscriber base of more 10 000. The first channel, Sibu Mpanza SA is more of a one-on-one conversational video journaling. MpanzaSA talks on a range of social commentary, tackling issues of representation and rape culture.   Our fave channel, More Mpanza follows the life of the digital entrepreneur –  dating, working as a content creator and giving us the lowdown on topical issues in wild and interesting destinations.

Sibu MpanzaSA talks on a range of social commentary, tackling issues of representation and rape culture. Mpanza’s work led him to his new role as YFM co-host on the show #RunThisTown. He has worked with an array of brands and brought his signature content-creation style to every collaboration – local brands love the Mpanza touch.

Snikiwe Mhlongo

Subscribers:  33 386

What does the channel offer?

Snikiwe Mhlongo is a firm fave of the Gen-Z crowd, who tune-in to get their fix of her singing, navigating varsity life and reviewing the best and worst beauty brands. As a student based between Cape Town and Durban, Snikiwe balances that campus life and a burgeoning career as an online personality. Her content is relatable, consistent and authentic with budget conscious beauty hacks and DIY tricks – like how to maintain your wig. As a music lover, Snikiwe often shares her fav playlists and sings along. Someone give this girl a record deal already!

Yolz Channel

Yolenda Jawe

Subscribers: 23 444

What does the channel offer?

Natural-hair enthusiast and new yummy mommy Yolenda Jawe created her channel four years ago, sharing her natural-hair journey. This landed her a guest spot on the All Things Hair South Africa YouTube channel, which features popular YouTube stars sharing advice on how to take care of your hair. Since then, Yolenda has diversified her content, sharing her know-how on being a young mom and creating conversation on everything from naming your child to healing after C-Section surgery. Her honest and revealing content has made her a fave across all ages, and with just under 1,5-million views on her channel, her full-time commitment to being a YouTuber is fast paying off with brand endorsements.

Congratulations to the class of Youtube 2019!

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