Our Team

Austin Mpho Malema

Austin Mpho Malema is a 32 year-old director/photographer, who became a fast favourite on the South African creative scene. An award winning editor and highly acclaimed photographer, Austin’s undeniable talent has paired with his distinctive online personality to make him one of the best- known creatives working today. Born in rural Venda, Austin moved to Johannesburg as a teenager. He holds a BA Honours Degree in Motion Picture Medium from AFDA. He has also worked as a Junior Lecturer at his alma mater. As an editor, he has been involved in many successful projects – including SAFTA award and Student Academy Award nominated film Kanyekanye. He is also no stranger to the small screen, having played key editing roles for shows like The Queen, political drama lhawu and Skeem Saam. Despite his massive success in this regard, Austin has proved that he is both multi-skilled and versatile. As a key figure in pop culture photography, he has shot for Cassper Nyovest’s Fill Up concerts, AKA’s Supa Mega shows, as well as a range of awards shows, where online audiences flocked to his Twitter page to see the best shots of the night. As Austin’s network and proficiency have grown, so too has his portfolio. He has moved well beyond the ‘event photography’ box to include editorial, marketing and advertising and influencer photography and content creation to his large arsenal of skills.. He has worked with countless brand in South Africa creating advertising assets for OOH, brand and social media assets, brands like Haig Club with David Beckham Mac, Samsung, Ciroc, The Multichoice group, Johnnie Walker, McDonalds, Coca Cola, Idols to name a few. In 2019 he made the transition into directing which led to him working on MultiChoice’s Origins in 2022 which won him a Promax Africa’s Next Storyteller. With a keen sense of the South African creative landscape, and a well-liked personality, he is also a natural fit for brand collaborations and influencer campaigns.

Khotso Tsaagane

Khotso Tsaagane is a South African Photographer and Director. His primary focus is lifestyle, portrait and wedding photography with extensive experience in shooting events and music festival. He has a career spanning over 10 years having worked on numerous brands, campaigns and adverts.

He is represented by American based photography agency, Tinker-Street*. Outside of his career as a photographer he holds a Diploma in Marketing and has experience in Marketing Research and Strategy. 

Lebo Mokwena

Lebo is our multi disciplined producer, her experience is broad and diverse having worked in both agency and production house environments over the years, thus, making her well rounded in her field. She is responsible for managing the team.

She is committed to delivering exceptional results for clients regardless of the project’s size or scope. Her “no task is too big or small” approach has earned her a reputation for reliability and excellent work ethic.

Tshepo Zitha

Tshepo Zitha is a Production Manager based in Johannesburg, with experience in the photography and videography industry. He has been in the industry for 4 years and within this time he has handled various clients. 

Other key facets to Tshepo’s strengths are customer service, sales tracking, processing, and client liaison.

Tyrone Mutukwa

His passion for modelling is evident in the way he captures and enhances the beauty of his subjects. Tyrone has an eye for detail and a keen understanding of colour, texture, and composition. His skills have been honed through years of practice and a deep understanding of his craft. He is known for his creativity and versatility, which allows him to adapt to any situation and produce stunning images. Tyrone’s love for fashion and beauty is evident in his work. He is passionate about creating images that inspire and empower people. He is always on the lookout for new and innovative ways to bring his clients’ visions to life.

Alex Smit

With seven years of experience freelancing in Cape Town and London, Alex has honed his craft by creating captivating documentary films. His impressive portfolio includes collaborations with directors to produce documentaries for Hulu and telling stories across Africa.

Alex is excited to elevate his skills and knowledge in commercial filmmaking. With his passion for storytelling and the guidance of his experienced colleague, he is ready to take on new and exciting projects. Get ready to be captivated by Alex’s storytelling, only at RTC Studios.

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