Our Team

Jo Menell


Menell is an award-winning television reporter, producer and director. He received an MA in Anthropology from Trinity College Cambridge, before joining the BBC as a reporter.

He soon graduated to produce and direct current affairs documentaries such as the BBC’s Panorama and ITV’s This Week.

In 1969, the South African government banned him as a result of the three documentaries he produced and directed on the country. He has since worked internationally for television stations in Chile, Brazil and the United States.

In 1996, he received an Academy Award nomination for directing Mandela. Menell moved to South Africa in 2006 and currently lives in Hout Bay.

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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