About Us

SWIFT is a non-profit organization dedicated to breaking gender barriers in the historically male-dominated South African film and television industry. SWIFT emerged in 2017 during an informal gathering of women at the Durban Film Festival, where common challenges faced by women and non-binary practitioners in the local and global film and television industry were identified. This sparked the creation of a network aiming to challenge the status quo and enhance the professional success of women in the South African audio-visual sector.

By advocating for change and addressing historical imbalances, SWIFT champions empowerment and equal opportunities for women. We actively promote gender parity and intersectionality within the audio-visual sector, advocating for a diverse and representative portrayal of South African narratives.

Committed to the holistic development of our members, we provide opportunities for career and personal growth through our core pillars: Skills Training & Mentorship, Advocacy, and Sisterhood Cinema. Our united membership strives for industry transformation to amplify
women’s voices, recognize their talent, and ensure equal access to opportunities, both locally and internationally.

With current representation in Durban, Johannesburg, Limpopo, and Cape Town, SWIFT plans to expand its reach to all 9 provinces in the long term. women’s voices, recognize their talent, and ensure equal access to opportunities, both locally and internationally.

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SWIFT Vision

Catalysts of Innovation, Gender Equality, and Industry Empowerment.
SWIFT aims to be a catalyst for gender equality, transformation and economic empowerment for women across the audio-visual industry within the content-creation ecosystem.

SWIFT Mission

Bridging Gender Gaps, Fostering Inclusivity, and Empowering Women in the Audio-Visual Industry.

Core Values

  • Purpose-Driven Collectivity
  • Integrity in Leadership
  • Industry Transformation Advocacy
  • Member Empowerment through Collaboration

SWIFT Team

The SWIFT Operations team drive the key programmes:

Lindi Ndebele-Koka

Acting Executive Officer

Zanele Mthembu

Acting Programme Manager

Noluthando Mnguni

Marketing and Communications Officer

Lerato Mathole

Administrator & Bookkeeper