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RichardKyle

 

ShaniKay

  Spencer
Executive Director
  Executive Producer and Managing Director
  Head of Operations and Projects
RichardKyle TeamSpacer     ShaniKay TeamSpacer     SpencerBagley
As Executive Director of Regency Foundation Networx, Richard provides leadership to achieve the foundation’s commitment to furthering the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  He strives to be a catalyst for a more inclusive, equitable and sustainable Africa and is actively engaged with the global business community, promoting the agenda of sustainability and inclusive business practice and working with companies to make strategic investments with a quantifiable return on investment. Richard’s experience working in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa has instilled in him a passion for holistic development and the vision to create IT’S AFRICA’S TIME. He is also one of the founders of INCLUSIVE BUSINESS AFRICA, a multi-stakeholder alliance designed to plan and implement innovative and inclusive business solutions for Africa.    Shani is a jack of many trades and mixes her passion for development and creativity with a strategic focus on performance.  With a background in business, she has spent the last 10 years working in the development field, managing the implementation of school and community based interventions with strict accountability and dynamic flexibility to meet the needs of an emerging social context. She is currently the Managing Director of Regency Foundation Networx and the Executive Producer of IT’S AFRICA’S TIME as well as an Executive MBA student at the UCT Graduate School of Business.  Her focus is to drive the foundation’s agenda of Building Better Business through the development and implementation of tactical interventions aligned to corporate strategy and focused on delivering optimised stakeholder value.  When she’s not juggling all of this, she is a keen yoga fanatic, a potter and a mom of two very delightful little people.  

With extensive work experience abroad, Spencer brings a range of multidisciplinary skills from training, evaluation and conflict resolution to IT, graphic design, TV & film production and marketing. As Regency’s chief operations and projects officer he drives the organisation’s strategy, ensuring operations at Regency’s Cape Town office runs like a well-oiled machine, always on hand to resolve any technical issues.

Spencer also manages marketing and communications, ensuring the social media campaign, online presence and fundraising initiatives align with our mission, and his comprehensive understanding of Inclusive Business practices, Corporate Social Investment and Sustainability ensures he is well equipped to provide sound and up to date advice on the issues.

A dad to two, wonderful little girls, he is often overheard sharing advice and tips on how to perform at your best with minimum sleep.

 
         
Lisa-Chait   Jacky Lourens   Sulette-Minnaar
Series Producer and Show Host   Line Producer, Season 3
  Line Producer, Season 2
LisaChait   JackyLourens   SuletteMinnaar
Trained as a history teacher, Lisa spent seven years as a radio news-presenter, producer & DJ, followed by a decade as a radio talk show host.  She then moved onto television and allied visual formats, co-producing and presenting the acclaimed five time SAFTA nominated SABC3 series ‘I Am Woman – Leap of Faith’ which looked at moments of change and pivotal turning points in the lives of fifty two remarkable South African women. Amongst other projects, Lisa is the proud founder of the unique family memory archive project ‘Life Stories’ which allows her subjects to literally talk across time. Using film, CD’s and books, Lisa and her team record people stories for future generations, proudly celebrating ancestry and preserving the past.   A fiery redhead with a passion for the film industry, Jacky started her production company Get the Picture in 1997, producing stories of human interest. Jacky has a zest for producing films that inspire and uplift people. As Line Producer and Facilitator she has worked on several international and local productions with an expertise in production. Over the past 22 years Jacky has produced three flagship series for SABC and numerous documentaries and dramas. Her role in the industry also includes the mentoring and training of emerging filmmakers. She has lectured at Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking and at AFDA - The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance - in Cape Town, helping craft the dreams of many aspiring filmmakers through her own love of filmmaking.   Sulette began working in film industry in 1995. A seasoned line producer and logistical management specialist, she has produced long-form drama series, sitcoms, feature films, documentaries, comedy sketch shows and educational programmes. Sulette is a co-founder of Mesa Films; has twice been a judge for the International Emmy Awards; and is a former examiner on the Vala Panel for 3rd year producing students at AFDA. In 2009 she completed her directorial debut film, ‘God in the Water’, which was filmed in Indonesia. In addition to her talents as a producer, she is known to leave her desk at breakneck speed, run up and down the four flights of stairs at Regency Foundation Networx HQ, sit back down and continue typing as if nothing has happened.
         
Marisa-Van-Tonder   Xander-van-der-Westhuizen   Sharon-Farr
Director
  Editor
  Director
Marisa van Tonder   Xander van der Westhuizen   Sharon Farr
Marisa has an honours degree (cum laude) in Social Anthropology. She started her career in filmmaking as a researcher in the mid 2000’s, and has worked as a documentary director in South Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia and West Africa.  Marisa has directed reality TV and has an annual commitment to produce, direct and edit ten short films for the Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards, featuring remarkable South Africans who have made a significant contribution towards social development in South Africa. A keen animal lover, Marisa fondly recalls filming wild Orangutans and Pygmy Elephants in Borneo and being filled with a sense of purpose and indignation whilst reporting on the illegal pet trade and canned lion hunting in South Africa.  Marisa is also a seasoned editor.   

Like many talented creatives, Xander has an eclectic range of skills and a finger in many pies. His creative interests cut across numerous genres, helped along by his pride of place as drummer in the band Beach Party - which we are told has a cult following. After seeing him live on stage we can well believe it. Xander has strong roots in photography and cinematography, having worked on various feature films and feature & television documentaries, many alongside renowned South African editor Ronelle Loots. Xander has edited television series and commercials and has set about creating an impressive portfolio of self-directed, self¬-shot and self-¬produced music videos. He is known to exclaim ‘rad’ when things are looking particularly fine, and remain ominously quiet when they aren’t.

 
 

Sharon has produced, directed and scripted hundreds of hours of factual programming from documentaries and docu-reality to the lifestyle magazine show ‘Free Spirit’ that ran successfully for nine years. Starting in print journalism Sharon moved to television and founded Shoot the Breeze Productions with Lee Otten. She is recipient of two World Awards at the Asia Media Summit, a SAFTA for Best Magazine Show and Best South African Documentary at Encounters for Love, Communism, Revolution & Rivonia – Bram Fischer’s Story. When she’s not working, you’re likely to find Sharon body boarding in False Bay with her children or collecting wild mushrooms on the slopes of Table Mountain. Sharon has a particular penchant for hard bargaining with local traders at markets across Africa.

   

 

   
Jasyn Howes   Lauren Groenewald   JoKromberg
Cameraman, Director of Photography    Director    Copywriter 
JasynHowes   LaurenGroenewald   JoKromberg

Jasyn started working in film and television in 2009 as a camera operator and video editor. He's produced EPK's for international feature films, web films for a variety of local and international brands as well as PSA's for NGOs based in South Africa. His short films have been screened in competition around the world in various film festivals and traveling exhibitions, and in his spare time he enjoys directing music videos. He joined the team at the start of It's Africa's Time Season 2, and has since been director of photography on films shot around the world. He's always keen on introducing new technology to further develop the visual language of the films and is always bringing the story home.

 

Lauren is a seasoned producer & director specializing in documentary formats. She joined fellow filmmaker Miki Redelinghuys to form Plexus Films in 2000. Her work includes the feature length documentary ‘Nat Nakasa - A Native of Nowhere’, producing and conceptualising numerous documentary series notably ‘Headwrap’, an exploration of generational, social and other differences via the arts; ‘O’se Distrik 6’ about forced removals in Apartheid South Africa, and the multi-award nominated ‘I Am Woman’ featuring women’s exceptional Leaps of Faith. Lauren recently produced six short films entitled ‘My Hood’ for the Close Encounters Laboratory and was Head Mentor at the Cape Town’s Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking in 2013 & 2014.

  Jo Kromberg has no time for objectives or goals - she's too busy living. As business and travel editor and writer, Jo can usually be found talking to a Himba tribe, swinging from a trapeze in a Malaysian jungle or white-knuckling it on a Dinky Toy plane somewhere in Africa. She started life as a news journalist after completing her degree at UCT before moving on to becoming the founding editor of Black Business Quarterly (BBQ) magazine before working as talk radio producer at Cape Talk. She went on to work as editor for African Safaris and Family Holiday and Leisure magazines and now edits and writes for Chinese travellers to Africa in the form of ChinAfrica Travel as well as freelances for Conde Nast Traveller China, and most recently, IT’S AFRICA’S TIME. She has a passion for anyone who constructively contributes to Africa without a “hand-out” attitude. 

 

 

 

   
Guy Hubbard   Koketso Sachane   Carlos Feyder
Cameraman, Director of Photography   Show Host   Editor
GuyHubbard   KoketsoSachane   CarlosFeyder
Cameraman/editor Guy Hubbard has filmed in challenging environments around the world for many years. From frozen mountain tops to humid rain forests, from countries at war to those devastated by natural disasters. He has worked throughout Africa covering the continent’s most pertinent and challenging socio-political stories. He has captured and edited powerful narratives, perspectives and content from the DRC, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Cote d'Ivoire, Chad and more recently the Central African Republic. Further afield, he's worked in India, Laos, Nepal, Bangladesh, Haiti and Jordan where he covered UNHCR's operations in response to the Syrian crisis. A keen climber & adventurer, Guy is based in Cape Town.   Koketso is a partner at strategy consultancy ‘Urban Griot Media’ and was listed as one of the Mail & Guardian Top 100 Young South Africans for 2006 and 2007. His experience in the media world includes years of work on both Cape Town and Johannesburg based radio stations as a news reporter, news anchor, producer and presenter covering socio-political, sport and general topics. Radio stations include Bush Radio, Heart FM, Kaya FM as well as Talk Radio 702 and Cape Talk. Kokesto is a former Government Media Liaison Director; has worked as Communications Adviser for the Western Cape MEC for Transport and Public Works in 2008-2009; and the National Minister of Public Works in 2009 - 2010. He was also the Communications Manager at South African Tourism from 2011 - 2012.   Starting off as an assistant editor on an old U-Matic system way back in the day, Carlos has enjoyed an eventful and varied career in post production. Specialising in offline cutting and colour grading, a love of narrative storytelling and the chance to craft stories into their most dynamic form, has blossomed into an all-round post production skill set that includes sound design, FX and graphics. Besides various passion projects, Carlos’s portfolio includes top tier commercials, music videos and corporate work. Assembling all the moving parts of a story, refining them and polishing them up into a finished product is what drives Carlos. Every part of the process is a chance to refine the story and realize the vision of all the people involved in bringing a film to life.
         
Sara DeGouveia   Annamarie James   Lesedi Mogoathle
Director   Editor, Post-Production Manager   Show Host
SaraDeGouveia   AnnamarieJames   LesediMogoathle
Sara is a Lisbon born filmmaker/photographer based in Cape Town. She has worked as a documentary director/editor/cinematographer for clients & NGOs such as China Central TV; Amnesty International; the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation; Project 90x2030; UCT & Regency Foundation Networx. Her documentary “Mama Goema: The Cape Town Beat in Five Movements" won the audience award for Best Feature Length Documentary Film at the Tri Continental Film Festival 2011 and screened at festivals in Europe and South & North America. Her short film “Scarlet Days” won the Jury Award for Best Film at the 5th In Shadow Festival 2013. Sara has created/directed music videos for South African artists and is currently in production for the feature documentary "The Sound of Masks" which received the IDFA Award for most promising documentary, Durban Film Mart 2014. The project is being supported by the N.F.V.F; the Hot Docs Blue Ice Fund & the IDFA Bertha Fund.   Award winning editor Annamarie James started her career teaching media studies in the UK. Over the past18 years she has produced numerous corporate videos, hundreds of hours of TV series’ for national broadcasters and has worked on the award winning feature film “Unrequited Love” - winner of the New York Independent Film Festival’s Comedy of the Year 2007. Annamarie has produced, directed, scripted and edited 7 full-length films for various local NGO’s and she won the 2015 SAFTA for editing the documentary ‘The Vula Connection’. Her edits are story and instinct driven and she believes that the rhythm and pace of a project is paramount. When she isn’t working, you’ll find her solo at the movies telling people off about their noisy popcorn eating.   Lesedi has worked in the television & film industry for ten years as a director, creative producer and voice-artist. Her early training included acting and presenting before she turned her attention to the world behind the scenes. She has worked as a radio host for the Children’s Radio Foundation’s ‘The Radio Workshop’ slot on SAFM and trained as a narrative director at City Varsity in Cape Town. Lesedi completed her MA in documentary filmmaking at the University of Sussex. Her television work includes directing educational programmes for SABC and her film work includes producing documentaries that tackle issues of cultural identity, gender and memory. A passionate chronicler and storyteller, Lesedi also focuses her efforts on training and educating young people through media and art.
         
SarahPingNie Jones   Jemima Spring   Nick Chevallier
Director   Director   Cameraman, Director of Photography
SarahPingNieJones   JemimaSpring   NickChevallier
Sarah grew up in Africa & Asia and studied politics, sociology & film at Cambridge, UCT and Harvard. She has worked as an independent filmmaker for a decade, directing & producing films about identity politics and social development. Sarah is a member of the filmmaking collective Team Tarbaby, whose films explore themes of identity & freedom. ‘Umbilical Cords’, Sarah’s first feature documentary, explored love & conflict in transnational mother-daughter relationships. Her second feature documentary, Mrs Popplestone, is currently in production and won a Hot Docs Blue Ice fellowship 2013, IDFA Most Promising Documentary award 2013, and a Produire Au Sud Award 2014. When she’s not filming, you’ll probably find Sarah on Table Mountain searching for the ever- elusive Himalayan Tahr mountain goats.   Jemima Spring is a writer, director and editor with a passion for telling stories that inspire change and get people thinking. She has worked across many genres and formats both logistically and creatively. As managing partner at Griffin Films & Free Range Films she has conceptualised, directed and produced numerous factual, educational and entertainment programmes for local broadcast. Her documentary, ‘Transkei Holiday’, was selected for the Encounters, Tri-Continents and Apollo Film Festivals, and was nominated for a SAFTA ‘Best Documentary’. Jemima directed season 3 of etv's ‘Bornfrees’ and was series director/editor on ‘Generation Free’ (2012-13). Training is Jemima’s great passion and she has lectured and adjudicated at Big Fish, Afda and City Varsity Film Schools.   Based out of Cape Town, Nick is a director and cameraman with over 20 years’ experience in the industry operating throughout Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. He produces shoots and directs people-related stories as well as documentaries focusing on the natural environment, conservation and biodiversity. Nick co-directed and shot the acclaimed documentary Blood Lions which focused on the canned lion hunting industry in Southern Africa. He has filmed for CITES, Conservation International, IFAW, WWF, IUCN and EWT. Nick’s programmes are commissioned by local and international TV stations, NGO’s and by corporate clients. He works closely with researchers, scientists, educational institutions and even governments in the production of his films.
         
Tim Wege   Eaton DeJongh    
Cameraman, Director of Photography   Sound Recordist  
TimWege   EatonDeJongh    
Seasoned cameraman, director and editor, Tim Wege filmed in a range of environments from diving with great white sharks to filming while transporting white rhinos by air. He directed and filmed the acclaimed ‘King Naki and the Thundering Hooves’ and has more recently worked on a 6 part documentary series for Al Jazeera in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Ghana. Amongst his many projects over almost two decades in the industry Tim has filmed Prince Harry and Prince William in Lesotho documenting their charity efforts. As cameraman and editor he has also worked with leading international news and entertainment networks, including National Geographic, BBC, ZDF and SBS Australia. Tim has a degree in Journalism, likes cycling up steep mountains and hiking with his ridgeback and family.   Capetonian, Eaton de Jongh, has worked with sound & cameras for over a decade and loves the digital and technical side of film, video and stills production. Eaton has assisted a number of production companies transitioning from film to digital HD and has worked as a cameraman and sound recordist for Discovery Channel, France+Canal, BBC Entertainment and CNN. Eaton joined South African broadcaster e.tv in 2009 working as sound recordist, in-house camera operator & head of equipment for Sabido Productions and NHU until 2015. Since then he has been a sound recordist for ABC news and various documentary projects, filmed for CNN and has done sound on EPK’s, notably TV mini-series. You’ll usually find Eaton hanging out in the trunk of production vehicles checking his equipment.   
 
         
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