Mandima Qunta specialises in bringing people together. It’s gone beyond a profession – it’s now a matter of pride.
“Watching how people engage and interact with whatever I have curated, is such a fulfilling and motivating feeling,” Qunta says
Qunta creates safe spaces for thought-provoking discussions. Under her umbrella brand, The Fam, she has provided opportunities for various groups to mingle and participate in constructive dialogue.
This includes the monthly show Tint Talks. Described as a “safe space for the queer body”, the events are held in front of a live audience with recordings later uploaded onto YouTube and give participants the chance to discuss any topic without fear of judgment or prejudice.
The Fam also co-created the Le Grand Ball events, a showcase that flaunts Johannesburg’s queer creatives. Last year, Le Grand Ball and Vogue Nights got together to host The Championship Ball at Afropunk. Through events like these, Qunta aims to redefine the nightlife in the city and ensure it’s a more inclusive enviroment for anyone that identifies as queer, trans or non-binary.
“I want to contribute towards fostering a culture of mutual respect, informative dialogue, acceptance and celebration of individualism,” Qunta says. “And to encourage us to adopt and effect the community mentality, which will help propel us to the better South Africa we envision.”