SISTERS WORKING IN FILM & TV
SWIFT is a women’s collective and is made up of professionals in the film and TV industry. Our mission is to challenge gender inequality in all facets of our industry. We want women’s voices to be heard, their talent recognised, their stories told and for them to have an equal share in all available opportunities – funding, training, work
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Sisters Working in Film and Television
Sisters Working in Film & Television (SWIFT) is a nonprofit organisation committed to championing empowerment and access to equal opportunities for women in a previously male-dominated industry, by advocating for change from the historical imbalances and a legacy that discriminated against women in South Africa. SWIFT advocates for gender parity and intersectionality, across the audio-visual sector and content production ecosystem.
SWIFT promotes career & personal development, knowledge exchanges through skills training & mentorship, and creates industry networking opportunities for its members. United by a common purpose, SWIFT members work together to enable transformation so that real diversity and representative South African narratives are reflected on all media platforms in the country.
SWIFT wants women’s voices to be heard, their talent recognised, their stories told and for them to have an equal share in all available opportunities – including access to markets, and positioning of practitioners locally and internationally as SA brand ambassadors. SWIFT currently has representation in Durban, Johannesburg, Limpopo, and Cape Town with chapters planned for all 9 provinces in the long term.
SWIFT currently has representation in Durban, Johannesburg, Limpopo, and Cape Town with chapters planned for all 9 provinces in the long term.
SWIFT aims to ensure that safe and respectful workspaces are created through collaborative partnerships with production companies who have a duty of care and responsibility, in terms of Section 6 of the Employment Equity Act and the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act and to ensure that everyone working or employed on their production sets and offices are protected. The Code of Good Practice on handling sexual harassment is an initiative that was pioneered by SWIFT to educate and create the appropriate industry awareness and was implemented through the Safety Contact Officer (SCO) Programme.
Create a strong advocacy unit for women in the industry that will serve as a vehicle to address historical socio-economic inequalities and its pertinent effects on the industry.
Skills & Mentorship
Facilitate the professional and personal development of South African women in the audio-visual content creation sector.
Support the creative and professional work of women involved in various productions through hosted screenings to showcase their talents within and outside of SWIFT.
Zanele is the current board chair of Sisters Working in Film and Television (SWIFT), a voluntary non-profit organisation advocating for equal representation of women in front of and behind the camera and creation of safe working space for women working in the South African audio visual sector. Zanele is broadcast and media executive with over 25 years of experience in television and film production and broadcasting. Zanele brings a robust understanding of the business of broadcasting, production and distribution gained through her work in local, regional, and international markets. She was the first Executive Head of Channel of Newzroom Afrika, a premier South African Black Owned 24-hour TV news channel and was instrumental in successfully winning the bid for the channel. She was also Group Head of content at Sabido Investments (now eMedia Group) responsible for business strategy of Natural History Unit and the Sabido Productions Companies. Her international experience was gained when she worked as Unit Manager for Discovery Communications in the USA.
Natalie Delport Louw
Natalie is currently the Deputy-Chair of Sisters Working in Film and Television (SWIFT)), a voluntary non-profit organisation advocating for equal representation of women in front of and behind the camera and creation of safe working space for women working in the South African audio visual sector. Natalie has served as a board member of the MICT (Media Information Communication Technologies) SETA from 2014 to 2018, serving on the EXCO and FINREM Committees. She was a director and Chairman of the Board of SACIA (The Southern African Communications Industries Association) from May 2016 to May 2018, She also served as the Chairman for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Skills Forum, from 2012 to 2017. From 2004 to 2007. Natalie was the Chairman of Animation SA (ASA), a section 21 company promoting growth and education in the animation industry in South Africa. During this time she was also a member of the Gauteng Film Commission (GFCy's Film Partnership and a member of the University of Johannesburg (UJ) Advisor Panel for Audio-visual Communications. In 2012 Natalie joined the eMedia Group as the General manager of Training and Development, and two years later she started the Sabido eAcademy, where together with her team, they successfully upskilled hundreds of broadcast and media learners.
Pearl Munonde has a solid foundation in production having built her career by rising through the ranks and gaining extensive knowledge at each level. She is an accomplished Producer and Line Producer who has produced hundreds of hours of award winning content for different broadcasters including SABC, Mnet, Mzansi Magic and Etv. She started her TV career as a Script Co-ordinator and Translator for Soul City Series 3-5, and later moved on to become a Script Development & Production Co-ordinator. Pearl is passionate about training and mentoring young female filmmakers. She has been training young girls in production for over 10 years and has produced many great production personnel in the industry. She owns her company called NwaChasiya Media which opened in 2016, where she employs more females than males. In the 21 years that she has been in the industry, she has noticed the discrepancies between male and female practitioners in the film industry. At the time, there weren't a lot of opportunities for black females as there are now. With great mentors, Pearl vowed to give back to the industry by training just about any young girl who wanted to break into the industry and has been doing that for over 10 years. "Being a SWIFT board member will help me to continue pushing boundaries and to ensure that more females are empowered without fear of being discriminated against based on their gender."
Lindi B Ndebele-koka
After six years of freelancing in the film, advertising and marketing industries, Lindi joined the National Department Arts and Culture, now known as Sports, Arts and Culture in 1996 tasked with the responsibility of the Film industry. Respected by industry stakeholders for her contribution and pivotal role in the development of the South African film industry to what it is today as guided by the Film Development Strategy. Lindi has been responsible for the following summary of highlights: •Management of the Film Interim Fund in 1997 as a prelude to the establishment of the National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF) towards the development of the SA Film industry in 1999: Negotiation and signing of SA Film Coproduction Treaties; Initiated the presents of South Africa at market access platforms like the Southern African Film and TV Market known as Sithengi (1995) introduction to the Cannes Film Festival, FESPACO in Bukina Faso, Toronto Film Festivals: Managing the hosting of the SA-UK Film Summit (2002) Development of the Joint Film Content Strategy in (2003) that led to the establishment of the DTIC Film Incentives: led the African Film Summit (2006); the first South African Film Summit in (2019).
Londeka's career started off in the Marketing, Advertising and PR industries where she worked with a number of international award winning advertising agencies as well as international festivals such as Durban International Film Festival, Time Of The Writer, Jomba! Contemporary Dance Experience and Poetry Africa. Not too long, Londeka embarked on a journey of her other love of story-telling in the TV and Film industry where she worked across different genre's i.e feature film, tv series, music videos, documentaries, commercials. She is an aspiring Producer and Writer who focuses on telling social issues, mental health and cultural stories that aim to educate, inspire, empower, uplift and instil hope. Growing up in a matriarchal powered home and having worked with plethora of amazing women from all walks of life has really fuelled her activism for women empowerment and equality in all disciplines. An avid reader and academic, Londeka she plans to complete a degree in Anthropology in the near future. She is currently serving as a board member of Sisters Working in TV and Film, a member of the Independent Black Filmmakers Collective and Writers Guild of South Africa
Simangele is a Screenplay writer who writes stories that inspire, entertain, or address social issues. She believes in using her writing and her life experience to learn, help people, and being an advocate to stand for what is right. She is a member of the South African Writers Guild South Africa a nonprofit organisation whose mission is to protect, develop and empower performance writers. She is also a board member of Sisters Working in Film and Television (SWIFT) involved in the promotion of women in the South African Audio-visual industry and creating a support hub for women. She has over 10years of experience in Corporate Social Investment in Enterprise Development has successfully managed businesses in different sectors, working with non-profit organisations involved in youth, education, and managing a Scholarship programme. She believes the biggest force to bring change is women supporting each other and women being empowered. The narrative of "Behind every great man there's a great woman" needs to change to Women don't stand behind men, they lead".
An article (which can also be turned into an infographic and/or animated short video) educating people on the different sub-sectors that feed into the main value chain of the film/TV making industry.
Transport and logistics, security, tourism and accommodation, catering. These do not directly contribute to the finished product that appears on screens, but the industry is heavily dependent on their participation in order to execute. This kind of content can be useful for the different types of target audience where SWIFT wants to impact, by creating awareness of the expanse of the industry and interrelatedness with the various sub-sectors as well as helping individuals and organisations to see the benefit of membership. It can also be used as part of your membership drive to get new registrations, as well as affirming those who are already paying members.
The phases of filmmaking – An overview of the different phases of creating a production and getting in front of an audience. This would start with concept creation, pre- and post-production, promotion and distribution.
Who are Sisters Working in Film & TV – An article that explains the type of people who form part of the SWIFT collective (and ultimately shows who qualify to be members vs friends of SWIFT)? Is it only women who work in directly in the pre, post and production aspects or do those working in ‘feeder’ industries also qualify eg someone who works in the logistics industry and specialises in providing that service in the film/TV industry (presumably, their primary industry is transport and logistics and their chosen specialisation lies in servicing film/tv)?
We have an excellent team to mentors ratio at our SWIFT office to ensure that each actor receives the attention he or she needs.