Batana Vundla


This University of Cape Town dropout didn't allow unfinished degrees to hold him back. Instead Batana Vundla followed in his family's footsteps and forged a career in film and television. Vundla's grandfather, Ephraim Batana Tshabala, owned Eyethu Cinema in Mofolo, Soweto. Vundla's mother eventually took over the reins. Perhaps that's why the 31-year-old is proud to call himself a feminist. Apart from working for Urban Brew, Vundla also forms part of Joziewood Films, a production company started in 2007. Joziewood specialises in low budget films made straight to DVD. So far the company has produced three, with the latest, Friends in Need, released in May. Vundla says the highlight of his career was being nominated for a South African Film and Television Award for Kiep Kiep and Sporro � a social satire animation he wrote and produced. � Karabo Keepile

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