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Richard Kyle

Executive Director
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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 Kay

Executive Producer and Managing Director
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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.

Spencer Bagley

Head of Operations and Projects
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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.

Jacky Lourens

Series Producer
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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.

Lisa Chait

Producer
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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.

 

Marisa van Tonder

Director
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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.

 

Sharon Farr

Director
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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.

 

Lauren Groenewald

Director
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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.

 

Jemima Spring

Director
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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.

 

Jolynn Minnaar

Director
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Jolynn Minnaar is an award-winning young South African director, documentary producer and digital strategist based in Cape Town. She is on the board of the South African Documentary Filmmakers Association.  2014 saw the release of her acclaimed debut feature documentary, Unearthed, which uncovers the shale gas industry from an international perspective in order to understand whether or not countries like South Africa should pursue fracking. The film won the Green Award after its World Premiere at the prestigious Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014 as well as the Best South African Film Audience Award at the 2014 Encounters Film Festival. She was nominated for Best Female Directed Documentary by the Alliance of Woman Film Journalists at IDFA 2014.  Glamour Magazine named Jolynn "Woman of the Year: Change Agent" for 2014 alongside inspiring female leaders such as Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela.  She is a part of the Mail and Guardian’s 2015 Top 200 Young South Africans as well as a 21 Icon.  Jolynn has a triple major in BA Film, Media and Screen Production from UCT and specialised in Cinematography and Editing at AFDA.

 

Tim Wege

Director
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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.

 

Meggan Raubenheimer

Director
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Meggan is an independent Producer/Director for documentaries. She is inspired by telling stories that are both beautiful in its imagery and narrative yet remains authentic to the heart of the subject. Meggan started her career as an ENG news cameraperson in the early 2000s before moving on to filming long format investigative documentaries with SABC and etv. Since then Meggan has filmed and directed numerous documentaries and short pieces both locally and internationally. Most recently she produced and directed a series of crime documentaries for the FOX Africa crime channel.

Anna Telford

Director
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Anna Telford is a British film producer with a background in television documentary filmmaking. Among others, she has worked with Amnesty International, the BBC and collaborated with world-renowned filmmakers such as Jonathan Glazer and Nick Broomfield. With the latter, she co-wrote and co-produced the award-winning docu-drama, ‘Battle for Haditha’. TIME OUT said of the film “the first great film about the war in Iraq”.

Jasyn Howes

Cameraman, Director of Photography
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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.

 

Eaton de Jongh

Cameraman
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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.

 

Seth Zworestine

Camera Assistant
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Seth Zworestine was born (and raised in his formative years) in Cape Town, South Africa. From the age of eight was brought up between both Australia and New Zealand. He emigrated back to South African in 2012, where he studied as a photographer. He continues to work as a freelance photographer in Cape Town today, specialising in documentary, travel and portrait photography, as well as working in the film industry as a camera assistant, focus puller and videographer. Seth is a passionate creative who loves photography, film, music, art and travel. He has a strong need for his work to have meaning and tell a story in some way.

Annamarie James

Editor
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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.

 

Xander van der Westhuizen

Editor
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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.

 

Carlyn Agulhas

Production Coordinator
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Carlyn studied at AFDA The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Motion Picture [Dean’s List], majoring in Producing. She received awards for ‘Best Television Production’ and ‘Best Television Producer’ for her graduation production in 2015. Being a recent graduate, Carlyn coordinated French commercials before her role as production coordinator for “Time for Global Action’. Carlyn is enthusiastic to be working for a production that encourages change. A real problem solver and easily adaptable, Carlyn is able to work under pressure and pursue her dreams of becoming a creative producer.

 

Sulette Minnaar

Writer
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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 and researcher, 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.

 

Natalie Kyriacou

Operations Coordinator
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Hailing from Durban, Natalie joined the Regency team in 2010 as Acting Programme Manager of HIV&Me, now called ResponsibleMe, Regency’s flagship South African CSI project which provides HIV education and training across South Africa. Having produced valuable research over the last couple of years, she now coordinates operations, as well as the administration and online database management at Regency’s Cape Town office. She also assists with Regency’s marketing, social media presence and branding through promotion of the company’s various programmes on all media platforms.  Natalie finds the stories which emerge out of the TIME FOR GLOBAL ACTION series truly inspirational, and says it’s a testament to the dedication and hard work of the Regency team and the corporate partners.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading and cooking, if she isn’t pounding the road preparing for the next marathon with her local running club.

Ammaarah Kalam

Researcher
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A UCT graduate with a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree in International Relations and Political Science, Ammaarah is involved in the Research department at Regency. She is responsible for providing valuable and current information on existing clients as well as providing potential leads and stories for new clients, all of which will be featured on Regency’s various Television programs including IT’S AFRICA’S TIME. In addition, she provides information on the current economic, social and political situations in various countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

 

Graham McTaggart

Researcher
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Originally from the sleepy city of Pietermaritzburg, Graham works as a researcher for the Regency team. Having a passion for democratic social inclusiveness, he has an Honours degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Political science. Having seen the twin effects of poverty and HIV & AIDS run rampant through his hometown helps him stay passionate about the necessary and potentially lifesaving work done here at Regency. When not in the office you can find him watching live music, hiking or mostly sleeping.

 

Mfingo Komisa

Corporate Affairs Officer
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As a member of the Regency team, Mfingo manages corporate engagement and client liaison. Working extensively with multinational companies, he promotes the adoption of inclusive business and sustainable development in Africa, Latin America and Asia.  With a strong background in sales, customer service and business development, and having been a member of the team that launched Virgin Money SA in the country, Mfingo brings extensive experience and skills to the role.  He enjoys a good conversation and loves writing and performing spoken word in his spare time.