Film & Media

2020 category sponsors

Neo Baepi, 29

Neo Baepi, 29

Photographer

The work of freelance photographer Neo Baepi has appeared on various local and international platforms, most recently to promote Queen Sono, a crime drama series celebrated as the first original African production for Netflix. Baepi worked as a community manager for...

Lesley Stones | mg.co.za
Rufaro Samanga, 25

Rufaro Samanga, 25

Academic and writer
The University of the Witwatersrand

Academic, writer and epidemiologist Rufaro Samanga is someone who can’t turn a blind eye to injustice. In her writing, she stands up for others by covering topics such as feminism, public health, social justice, scientific innovation, entrepreneurship and education...

Lesley Stones | mg.co.za
Nickita Maesela, 25

Nickita Maesela, 25

Freelance journalist
City Press, Media 24

Freelance journalist Nickita Maesela has found her niche in telling stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex and asexual or allied people (LGBTQIA) to give them a voice. Maesela’s writing for City Press is supported by The Other...

Lesley Stones | mg.co.za
Sihle Mthembu, 28

Sihle Mthembu, 28

Writer, podcaster and filmmaker

As art and culture globally continue to be influenced by Western, the value of wholly original South African works is higher than ever. Sihle Mthembu is a Durban-based writer, podcaster and filmmaker who is all about promoting that culture and capturing it in time...

Scott Dodds | mg.co.za
Bujy Bikwa, 32

Bujy Bikwa, 32

Entertainer, broadcaster
Metro FM, Bigway Productions

Larger than life doesn’t even begin to do justice when describing Bujy Bikwa. The self-proclaimed world's greatest super-sized entertainer has been a presence on the airwaves, television and high profile events since breaking through on YFM’s afternoon drive-time show...

Max Dylan Lazarus | mg.co.za
Dineo Lusenga, 33

Dineo Lusenga, 33

Television and film producer, and actress

Actress and TV and film producer Dineo Lusenga is driven by the need to create work that creates a positive social impact. Her first acting job was on Intersexions, a seminal show that highlighted the crisscrossing of people’s sexual encounters and the importance of...

Jabulile Dlamini-Qwesha | mg.co.za
Yusuf Omar, 31

Yusuf Omar, 31

Co-founder
Hashtag Our Stories

This year alone, we’ve seen how social media can be used as an immensely powerful tool for good. Yusuf Omar has been harnessing this power since 2017 through Hashtag Our Stories, a platform he co-founded with his partner Sumaiya that empowers individuals to become...

Rosie Goddard | mg.co.za
Nompumelelo Tshabalala, 32

Nompumelelo Tshabalala, 32

Creative producer
Ludonga Media

Up-and-coming filmmaker Nompumelelo Tshabalala has a good sense of humour, as well as a fine eye for a great scene. This humour came out clearly in Look at Me Now, her reality-style series that won South Africa’s Next Top Filmmaker Award in 2012, and which starred...

Lesley Stones | mg.co.za
Mandiluve Zane Titizana, 25

Mandiluve Zane Titizana, 25

Cinematographer and photographer
Five Star Media

Photographer and cinematographer Zane Titizana grew up “all around Jo’burg”: in the inner city, Hillbrow and Soweto, to be precise. He works at the digital communication agency, Five Star Media. Titizana’s talent and drive attracted the attention of Five Star’s Daron...

Theresa Mallinson | mg.co.za
Bessie Lesabane, 30

Bessie Lesabane, 30

Rugby production manager
SuperSport International

In the high-intensity world of sports broadcasting, you need a calm head to ensure everything is running as smoothly and efficiently as possible. That sense of calm at SuperSport is exemplified in the form of Bessie Lesabane, currently the rugby production manager at...

Scott Dodds | mg.co.za
Reitumetse Mpholle, 27

Reitumetse Mpholle, 27

Head of research and development
Kaya FM

Very few new opportunities or insights can be created if you stay in your comfort zone, says researcher Reitumetse Mpholle. After turning down a few opportunities in the past, she now grabs every chance she can to gain new experiences and exposure to different...

Lesley Stones | mg.co.za
Allegro Dinkwanyane, 30

Allegro Dinkwanyane, 30

Entrepreneur, philanthropist, founder and chief executive
Orgella Group

When Allegro Dinkwanyane needed a name for her company, she followed Oprah’s example and wrote her name backwards: Orgella. The company specialises in public relations and marketing services for the entertainment and lifestyle industries, corporate brands, artists and...

Lesley Stones | mg.co.za
Christiaan Olwagen, 32

Christiaan Olwagen, 32

Film and theatre director

“I think art is entertainment, but it's also therapy. We tend to sweep things under the rug. I'd like us to have more open dialogue about what type of society we are versus the one we would like to be.” One of 2020’s major lessons so far (and there have been a lot) is...

Rosie Goddard | mg.co.za
Mukondi Kgomo, 32

Mukondi Kgomo, 32

Co-founder and managing director
Think Creative Africa

Creativity has the power to change the world and alleviate social ills, says co-founder and managing director of Think Creative Africa, Mukondi Kgomo. Think Creative Africa is an agency that solves business problems through an African perspective. A segment in the...

Shaazia Ebrahim | mg.co.za
Anelisa Tuswa, 27

Anelisa Tuswa, 27

Business journalist
eTV News and Sports

Everybody needs a friend like Anelisa Tuswa because she has the answers to life’s most burning question: What should you do with your money? Unfortunately, we can’t all be her friend, but thankfully her vast expertise and knowledge is available to all through the...

Scott Dodds | mg.co.za
Rutendo Nyamuda, 29

Rutendo Nyamuda, 29

Founder, podcast host and producer
Tinzwe Media

When it comes to words of wisdom, we wouldn’t expect anything less from Rutendo Nyamuda, the founder of Tinzwe Media and host of the In My 20s podcast. “Whatever you want to do. Do it scared, do it unprepared and do it unqualified,” she says. They are bold words, and...

Rosie Goddard | mg.co.za