Television producer, presenter and writer, Ntokozo Mbuli is dynamic, passionate and ambitious… Living her career dream and making waves in South African Television industry.
With just over 19 years of television production experience under her belt, within which she has spent 10 years presenting and hosting Television programmes and events for broadcast, Ntokozo’s on-screen career has been accompanied by her equally successful off-screen career.
She began her broadcasting career in 1998, at the tender age of 16, as a part-time production runner for SABC1. This, because she had a fire burning inside for the medium of television, which couldn’t wait for her adult years.
Already, in high school, she was collecting accolades for writing, public speaking and drama, which included 2nd place in the Dalro National Acting competition (1998), and 1st place in the Grahamstown Schools Best Speaker competition (1995 & 1996). In 1997 she did a short drama course at the Lee Strasberg Drama Institute in New York (1997), and in 1998 (while still in grade 11), she began her career in television with her first part time job as a production runner for SABC 1.
Having worked her way up in the industry over the years, working in television both nationally and in the UK, she is now the MD of Sugar Bean Pictures. Ntokozo is involved in much of the successful television content on South African screens today. This includes her role as executive producer of long-running 7 multi-award-winning environmental TV programme, 50|50 as well as the new eTV telenovela: Ashes To Ashes, both of which are close to her heart.
Clive Morris Productions creates a plethora of television programmes, all of which Ntokozo is very involved in. This includes the 2016 South African Music Awards; eTV telenovela Ashes To Ashes (2015 & 2016); South African Film and TV Awards (2012, 2014, 2015); National Geographic documentary Taboo Africa and SABC 3 sketch comedy Sketch You Later, among others. Clive Morris productions also services corporate clients in need AV services and produces television commorcials. Ntokozo is often the executive or senior producer on many of these projects.
In 2013, she was named one of the 200 young South Africans, and in the same year, she was awarded the Mail & Guardian Greening the Future “Future Leaders” award. In 2015, WESSA (Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa) honoured her with their National Award for Individuals, for the work that she has done to aspire young people from different backgrounds to take conservation and the environment more seriously.
Although her first love is television, Ntokozo’s exposure to environmental issues has ignited in her, a great interest in conservation. She is thus involved in environmental initiatives, facilitated many environmental education workshops, and delivered talks to schools and corporates on various subject matter relating to conservation and the environment.
Her TV on-camera experience includes hosting the educational environmental television series “Project Marion”, which was broadcast on SABC 2 in 2010/2011. The series took the viewer to Marion island in the Southern Oceans, to see how nature survives in an environment almost completely untouched by humans, to learn about the flora and fauna found there, and to look into the work that the South African research teams do on Marion Island.
She also took the opportunity to communicate with children, through the SABC 3 children’s educational wildlife series, “Wild Ones”, which she narrated for 2 seasons. She is currently the Anchor Presenter, Series Producer and Executive Producer of 50|50.
Apart from 50|50, Ntokozo has presented many live broadcast events, some of which are: Presidential Inauguration Gala (2009); SAFTA Red Carpet (2009); Africa Day Concert (2010) and Community Builder of the Year Awards (2008/2009).
Off the screen, Ntokozo has hosted numerous corporate events and launches. These include the SAPPI “I Choose Paper” campaign launch, Rhino Conservation Awards (2015 & 2016), Mail & Guardian Awards, SAB Recycling Awards 2016, Gauteng Provincial Government events and a number of campaign launches for the Recycling Action Group.
Ntokozo is still on the journey, with still so much to achieve she is living her life one dream-come-true at a time.