TV rugby producer
Mandla Ntsibande produces TV content on Super Rugby, the Springboks and the Currie Cup. In fact, if it has rugby in it or on it, he is too. In 2015, Ntsibande produced around 80% of the Springbok games, the Rugby World Cup opening match, quarterfinals, semis and finals, and in 2016 he is producing the only African language sports show in the country, Phaka.
“I chose this career because of my love for the arts and for sport,” says Ntsibande. “The combination of both is truly amazing to be a part of and to be involved in. Part of this attraction is the fact that it is unpredictable and live — nobody will know what will happen with the results in any one match and it keeps me on my toes.”
Ntsibande has been inspired by a number of people throughout his career, including the team that is currently working with him on Phaka, Scott Seward, the director of the 1995 Rugby World Cup final, and Erin Ferreira, the Producer of TMO on SuperSport.
“All my colleagues at SuperSport are very creative and driven people, so we push each other to create the best TV for our subscribers,” says Ntsibande. “No day is ever the same … and each day is better and exciting.”
Plans for Ntsibande’s future include his hopes to open an art school for Sowetan children. For him, an achievement of this magnitude would complete him as a person as he could use his insight to share his knowledge of the world behind the camera and the opportunities that lie there. He is incredibly excited about his new show Phaka, as it shows a different side of rugby and tells stories about the sport that have never been told before in a way which is both vibrant and current. — Tamsin Oxford