Mmabatho has worked as a producer, broadcaster, development executive and script consultant for over 15 years. She has produced a variety of shows in public service and commercial pay TV for various broadcasters in South Africa and has worked as a script consultant on films such as My Zulu Wedding, Whale Caller , Kalushi; the Solomon Mahlangu Story and Beyond The River. Her varied experiences are testament to her passion for re-telling Africa’s story and finding ways to contribute towards building a sustainable film and television industry. In 2017 she joined Urucu films as a co-story consultant on their Writing Residency programme (REALNESS). In 2018 She was selected to participate as a script editor in the Torino Script Lab.
Beyond working as a script consultant, she is co-mentor in Kwa-Zulu Natal Film Commission’s industry training programme FITI. Through FITI she has helped film school graduates develop scripts which they will produce and shoot as part of the Commission’s commitment to developing KZN’s film industry. She has also worked with the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) as a mentor on their screenwriting programme SPARK. Through SPARK, she has trained budding writers from KZN, Polokwane, Gauteng and the Eastern Cape.
Her work as producer includes Soul City 12 (a 26-part educational drama series aired that aired on SABC 1). She is currently developing a 13 part series for the SABC which is due to air in 2019.