Molatelo Mainetje is an award-winning television news and current affairs producer and filmmaker, with 17-years experience in the television and film production industry. She’s the winner of United Nations Media Peace Award in the TV News and Current Affairs category in 2007.
Molatelo is former Secretary of DFA from 2014 to 2016. She worked for various media houses including the SABC and Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Africa Bureau as a local producer before joining eNCA from 2011to 2013, when she decided to focus on her business and passion projects. In between full-time jobs, Molatelo worked as a freelance producer, writer, video editor, camera operator and director. In 2010 she founded a television and film production company, Bolobathaba Media.
Her debut independent documentary film was a commissioned documentary ‘a place of her own’ for SABC (2005); followed by Rwanda: Rise Dry Bones shot in Rwanda and South Africa (Producer and Writer, 2009); A Helping Hand (2013) shot in South Africa and Zambia; My Mom and Dad are Cousins (2014) while Makhwaya (2013) and Zokodetja (2014) were commissioned by e.tv. and for Australian Broadcasting Corporation, she produced Sudan Survival (2005), Jacob Zuma (2006) and Zimbabwe Crisis (2007). The documentary film BLOCK 5 was featured as one of the top 5 films featured at the 2016 edition Mzansi Women’s Film Festival.
She is also the founder of Storytelling Firsthand Filmmaking Project in rural South Africa, where she trains young people in filmmaking and television production. Her company is currently hosting 22 unemployed graduates on an internship programme, with support from MICT SETA.
Molatelo’s latest documentary film; When Babies Don’t Come completed in January 2018 is set to screen at film festivals across the globe.