Makhosazana Khanyile 




Affectionately known as Khosi, Makhosazana Khanyile has trail blazed the path for women working in the field of media and communications for more than a decade. At the age of 41, she has become a respected and distinguished presence in the Media and Broadcasting world in Africa. Her love for television started at a young age and by looking at her career over the years it becomes clear that this passion has not waned in the slightest. In her own words, this self-confessed logophile says, "I love words, I love reading – I love well-written scripts – I fell in love with Television all over again when I watched the pilot episode of The Newsroom because the dialogue was so sharp and absolutely riveting. It is this passion for stories that she is determined to share with the rest of Africa. Over a period of 13 years at M-Net she crafted her skills to become a media expert in all aspects of the industry. She has a keen eye for monitoring trends which combined with a thorough understanding of demographics and psychographics, serves her well to make skilful decisions and form long-term strategies. She is also highly knowledgeable of Broadcasting Regulations in East and West Africa, a strength that has allowed her to advise business operations on the continent.

Currently an MBA candidate with the Henley Business School, Khosi also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management, a Bachelors Degree in Communication Science from Unisa, as well as an International Diploma in Journalism from Allenby Campus along with numerous Leadership courses from renowned institutions. Having started her career as a trainee reporter for Drum magazine in 1997. She subsequently took up positions at True Love magazine as a features Coordinator during Khanyi Dhlomo’s tenure as Editor, and credits Khanyi as an inspiration. Her media journey saw her do a year-long stop over at YFM as an online editor before moving into the television arena. Joining M-Net in 2001 and gaining valuable experience at Channel O as a scheduler and Web Editor, she moved to the kids brands where she worked as a Brand Manager for Ktv and GO.

During her time as Channel and Marketing Manager for the Genre Channels at M-Net which included M-Net Action/Stars and M-Net Series, the M-Net Action channel won a prestigious international Hot Bird Award in the fiction category, a first for South Africa television. In 2013 she left the content side of the M-Net business where she was working as an HOD of Content Planning and Africa Customisation to spearhead M-Net’s Corporate Social Investment Portfolio.

Over the course of her career, Makhosazana has continued to invest in her skills by completing courses in Leadership, Management and Employee Relationships. In her role as Director of Marketing, On-Air and Creative services and Communications at Fox Network Group Africa, Makhosazana Khanyile expertly led the positioning strategy for eight Fox Network Group Channels. Becoming part of the Fox team, a globally recognised brand, gave Makhosazana the opportunity to utilise her skills and passions on an international platform. She was pivotal in bringing to life a brand-new Pan African channel called Fox Life and in 2016 successfully managed the Empire South African tour, featuring Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, Hollywood A list stars. In 2018 she repeated this feat by managing the Taraji P. Henson Jozi tour to rave reviews.



Mbali Buthelezi 


Mbali Buthelezi is a seasoned finance professional who holds a BCom Accounting Honours degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Certified Internal Auditor. Her career spans over 17 years, predominantly spent at the Auditor General of South Africa (AGSA), where she held various roles and ultimately progressed to senior management.

During her tenure at the Auditor General of South Africa, Mbali’s commitment was not only towards cultivating a culture of accountability within the public sector, but it extended to contributing towards an inclusive future for South African finance professionals. She was instrumental in the transformation programme targeted at high school students that are interested in entering the financial sector. The programme and success of the learners remain close to her heart.

Her excellence saw Mbali’s selection into a special task team that worked on the United Nations (UN)’s audit. This awarded her an opportunity to work with the best international finance professionals for best practice sharing.



Joy Mawela

Joy Mawela’s career in Film and TV commenced at Sithengi Film and TV market when she joined the market in 2001 as a Researcher and Festival programmer.  In 2006 she moved on to production working at the Urban Brew Studios as a production manager for 3Talk. Mawela then joined the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) later in 2006 as a project manager for SABC Africa, DTT and SABC 3.

She has served on the Gauteng Film Commission advisory committee from 2009 to 2011 and the NFVF Documentary panel in 2015.

Mawela holds a National Diploma in Library and Information Studies. In the past 10 years, she was responsible for Programming for both local and international content for the following SABC channels SABC 3, and DTT: SABC Entertainment. She has extensive experience in the areas of Production, Licensing, Distribution, and Strategy in broadcasting.






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