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Banele Poni


Banele Poni was born in the Western Cape but his roots are in Gcuwa – a small village in the Eastern Cape. In 2010, while attending Bulumko Secondary in Khayelitsha he became an ‘Equalizer’ – an active member of Equal Education. Equal Education advocates for quality and equality in the South African education system.

In 2012, He became involved in documentary filmmaking via the Equal Education platform, where he received training and embarked on making his first documentary ‘Siwe’s Journey’ – exploring the challenges around sanitation in schools and communities in Khayelitsha.

In 2014, He started an internship with Equal Education becoming a Community leader and activist. He is ex student of Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking at Green Point Cape Town Banele is passionate about making films and dreams of being a key player in the South African Film Industry.

Now he is still working at Street Talk Stories where he is working as a/Editor/Camera/ Sound Tech/Researcher.He also worked for Steps the Future where he was an office assistant and co-facilitator. He is determined to provide a platform for the marginalised and voiceless members of our society. He specializes in cinematographer and editing.

Barbara Masekela

Board Member Anti-apartheid stalwart and sister of legendary musician Hugh, Masekela is a long-servi...

Shelley Barry

Board Member Barry is an award-winning filmmaker, poet and lecturer. After graduating from the unive...

Jo Menell

Director Menell is an award-winning television reporter, producer and director. He received an MA in...

Richard Mills

Director Mills is a film editor, producer, director and cameraman. Educated in South Africa, he live...

Other members of our team

Primrose Mrwebi

Writer, performer, and poet, Primrose has directed and performed in a number of productions...

Kayla Stamps

Intern Kayla Stamps is pursuing her Masters at the University of Southern California. She is current...

Wanga Mafenuka

Music composer Wanga started rapping in 1996. He tells classic stories in xhosa slang known as...

Leyche’ Carelse

Editor Leyche Carelse born in 1998 in Cape Town, Western Cape. She studied Film and Television Produ...

Banele Poni

Editor Banele Poni was born in the Western Cape but his roots are in Gcuwa – a small village in the...

Wisaal Abrahams

Wisaal first joined the Street Talk Team in 2011, after working at Cape Town Television for just ove...

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