Film & Media 2018

Boipelo Molwela (27)

Boipelo Molwela (27)

Producer, Audio Militia and founder, Kalakuta Republik

As a producer at the Audio Militia music agency, Boipelo Molwela says she gets paid to think. “Being a producer involves attending briefings, bringing deliverables to fruition and seeing them run wild on television and other platforms,” she says. She’s a qualified...

Ntombenhle Shezi (28)

Ntombenhle Shezi (28)

Assistant editor, ELLE Decoration and ELLE South Africa

As a young girl, Ntombenhle Shezi always had her head stuck in a magazine. Then she started writing letters to the editors, and was thrilled when they got published. Now at 28 she’s the assistant editor of two glossy titles, ELLE South Africa and ELLE Decoration....

Lusanda Mgoduka (33)

Lusanda Mgoduka (33)

Producer/director, Five Star Media

A dearth of black female role models in the film industry meant Lusanda Mgoduka had to go to Los Angeles to realise what could be achieved. Mgoduka wanted to be a director, but she was afraid that breaking into the field would be impossible, so she majored in...

Reginald Witbooi (29)

Reginald Witbooi (29)

Reporter, SABC

When Reginald Witbooi isn’t examining rivers to report on pollution he might be in the Karoo covering the progress of the world-leading SKA (Square Kilometre Array) radio telescope. Witbooi is a radio and TV journalist for the SABC, and has won several awards for his...

Cait Pansegrouw (29)

Cait Pansegrouw (29)

Film producer and co-owner of Urucu Media

When you watch a movie you might think how perfect the actors are for their role, but do you ever think about the person who actually cast them? For the excellent but controversial movie Inxeba, that person was Cait Pansegrouw, the casting director and producer....

Sikelelwa Geya Mdingi (35)

Sikelelwa Geya Mdingi (35)

Manager, Global Health Strategies

An adventurous spirit and no fear of trying something new have guided Sikelelwa Geya Mdingi’s career choices over the past 13 years. She has worked in an array of media roles, starting at the SABC as intern on news and current affairs show Special Assignment. She...

Sumeya Gasa (25)

Sumeya Gasa (25)

Investigative journalist, Wits Justice Project

Journalist Sumeya Gasa is an expert in the new skills needed to disseminate information in our multimedia world. She combines the arts of writing, documentary filmmaking and researching to create award-winning multimedia news stories. Born in Durban, she moved to...

Dr Rofhiwa Mukhudwana (34)

Dr Rofhiwa Mukhudwana (34)

Communication Science lecturer, Unisa

Improving the way that government departments communicate is Dr Rofhiwa Mukhudwana’s passion. She’s a senior lecturer at the department of communication science at the University of South Africa (Unisa), and was the head of media studies before going on sabbatical to...

Zandile Tisani (32)

Zandile Tisani (32)

Writer and director, Arcade Content

Filmmaker Zandile Tisani is likely to upset a few people by creating work that examines life from a black female point of view. And she’ll probably be very happy if her movies have you squirming with embarrassment and laughing at the same time. Like her short film...

Vian Roos (28)

Vian Roos (28)

Art Director at Farmer’s Weekly

Vian Roos was raised in the agricultural town of Bethlehem in the Free State. In 2011 he completed a BA in Graphic Design at The Design School and at the tender age of 24 he was appointed art director at Farmer’s Weekly, South Africa’s oldest magazine, two years after...

Greig Cameron (32)

Greig Cameron (32)

Writer and director, Triggerfish Animation Studios

As a kid, Greig Cameron watched a LOT of cartoons. “I watched even more as a teen and began to suspect there was a problem. By the time I was in my twenties and still binge-watching children’s television, I figured I either needed an intervention or to make a career...

Masi Mdingane (32)

Masi Mdingane (32)

Programmes manager at Trufm

As the programmes manager at radio station Trufm, Masi Mdingane gets the chance to spark debates and help shape public opinion. “What I like about my job is the ability to shape society through on-air engagement and insightful, thought-provoking content,” he says....

Zoë Brown (28)

Zoë Brown (28)

Presenter on SABC’s Expresso show

Zoë Brown is the shining new star who greets early risers with a sharp and bright smile on SABC’s popular Expresso show. Every weekday morning from 6am, she’s bringing the wake-up vibes to sleepy South Africans. Brown also joins Carl Wastie and Barron Hufkie on the...

Jessie Zinn (24)

Jessie Zinn (24)

Filmmaker and director

Jessie Zinn was a performance-oriented child who could always be found jumping off tables and chasing butterflies. Cape Town’s Baxter theatre foregrounded her childhood years because as the child of a theatre journalist, she accompanied her mom as she went around...

Mogapi Monnakgotla (29)

Mogapi Monnakgotla (29)

Founder, The Idiot’s Guide To Gaming

Turning gaming into a serious business is the goal of Mogapi David Monnakgotla, known to YouTube viewers as “Super Dave”. He’s been a gamer since his primary school days, and now at 29 he has his own YouTube channel where he broadcasts a video series called Gaming In...

Zwelethu Radebe (29)

Zwelethu Radebe (29)

Commercials director (Egg Films)

Still in his twenties, Zwelethu Radebe has a large following among young African creatives hoping to make their mark in the film industry both as commercials directors/producers and filmmakers. Radebe has spent a busy four years directing commercials for both local...

Linda Mnisi (24)

Linda Mnisi (24)

Journalist, Soweto TV

Giving a voice to the voiceless and holding people in power accountable are the twin reasons why Linda Mnisi loves his job as a journalist. “Part of what we do is to be a voice for the voiceless and protect our communities by exposing ills that plague them, without...