Kgomotso Matsunyane is an accomplished director, writer, and filmmaker based in Cape Town and Johannesburg, with a rewarding and varied history working in international and South African media.
An International Relations graduate from Carleton College in Minnesota (USA), Kgomotso won the Kyoto Prize while at college, for a student with marked leadership distinction in international issues.
She worked as a commissioning editor for local drama at South Africa’s largest TV channel, SABC1, where she was responsible for projects like Gaz ‘Lam, Tsha Tsha and Generations. She also completed a successful stint as the editor of O, The Oprah Magazine in South Africa (one of two editions of this magazine in the world). She has done extensive work as a columnist following her stint as editor of the Oprah magazine. She wrote popular columns for News24.com, Afropolitan, Women24.com as well as True Love magazine.
Kgomotso was a former founding partner at T.O.M. Pictures, which was nominated for an International Emmy Award in 2007. While with T.O.M. Pictures, she hosted Late night with Kgomotso, which became a favourite on SABC2 on Saturday nights, and she produced three TV drama series of Soul City for TV. She was also a co-producer on 4 feature films. Kgomotso continued on to work for VIACOM/CBS as the first Channel Director for BET Africa (Black Entertainment Television).
Kgomotso has hosted 3 prime time shows on radio for two radio stations (Kaya FM and Talk Radio 702-Cape Talk). From 2018 to 2020, Kgomotso co-hosted the afternoon drive-time show on Kaya FM “Uncaptured”, where they won the Liberty Radio Award in 2018 for Best Drive Time Show (commercial).
She is currently director of her own production company, One Man Films, a feminist television and film company with particular emphasis on women, as well as on positive sexual and reproductive health. Her latest TV work was as Executive Producer for “It’s a Feminist Thing”, an 8 episode, unapologetically feminist, multi-host talk show that screened on SABC 2 in the last quarter of 2020.
As an entrepreneur, she bought a building in Selby in 2019 where she runs video, audio and photographic studio facilities. At these premises, she also runs a successful neighbor-goods monthly market “Die Urban Padstal”, which champions small, local businesses and sells home-made and hand crafted foods and goods directly to the public.
Kgomotso is a social activist. She has served as an advisory member of POWA (People Opposing Women Abuse), a patron of Dignity SA, and has served on the following boards: SWEAT (Sex Workers Education and Training), Encounters International Documentary Film Festival, HESASA (Household Energy and Safety South Africa, as well as the women in TV and Film organisation, Women of the Sun (WOS). She is currently on the advisory committee of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Radio, and has served on the Deputy President Motlanthe’s Ad Hoc Advisory Panel for SANAC, the South African National Aids Council in. Kgomotso is a mentor to more than 20 young women from all over South Africa who are pursuing a career in television and film.