Roles we train for: Community Manager and Digital Strategist
Conceptual skills: Inbound Marketing, Content Marketing, Personal Branding, Design Thinking
Technical skills: Social Media Platforms, Analytics, Content Planning, Online Launch Strategy
Keith Kunene, Digital Manager
Our 1’s and 0’s guy has been swaying between traditional and digital advertising for 10 years now, so best you listen when he talks. Hailing from Emalahleni, Keith bridges the gap and makes sense of digital for everybody at Umuzi. Seeing as digital and social never sleep – neither does Keith – so if you’re going to make him a cup of coffee, he takes it black, no sugar, Sugar
Roles: Videographer, Photographer, Editor, Producer, Director
Conceptual skills: Storytelling, Design Thinking
Technical skills: Adobe Creative Suite with a focus on Photoshop, Premier Pro, After Effects, Lightroom; still and motion camera operation; lighting; audio recording and editing
Odi Esterhuyse, Multimedia Manager
Umuzi’s resident man of Zen and voice of calm reason, Odendaal – or Odi for short – is Mr Multimedia. With 8 years in the directing game, Odi’s day-to-day superpower is his flair for experimental techniques, backed by un undefined (undefinable) management style. His lucky number is 1, so it’s no wonder he’s number 1 in our books.
Clayton Bond, Copywriting Manager
A reformed Ad man of 6 years, Clay thrives on all things words. His book case sags under the weight of books he’s stolen from his mom’s house, but the first thing he’ll utter is the fact that he built the bookshelf with his own hands. At Umuzi, he brings his advertising knowledge & management style to the table with energy and a pretty wicked running-man dance routine. He is the proud mentor to a team of fire-cracker writers at the Umuzi Academy, and happily admits that he is learning as much from them as they are from him.
Nthabiseng Lethoko, Design Manager
Nthabiseng, otherwise known as “Thubz”, lives and breathes creativity. She’s a designer by day and a singer-songwriter by night. She loves travelling and plans to travel more this year. She also loves to run, so next year you will be seeing “Thubz” taking on the Ironman triathlon. “I like to expose my brain to new and exciting things.” As a Graphic Designer turned Art Director, she is the mentor for the up-andcoming Designers at Umuzi Academy, and brings her creative flair to life every day
Modise Sepeng, Design Manager
Born in the notorious Johannesburg township of Alexandra, Modise “Blackdice” Sepeng is a designer, illustrator and art director who uses his heritage as inspiration to influence a new kind of aesthetic in african design. Having founded Negritude Republic in 2012 Modise aims to create work that challenges the status quo while celebrating African identities and ideologies. Having worked in agencies and as a freelancer, Modise draws on his experiences and upbringing to mentor young designers at Umuzi Academy.