Re-framing the world

Our studio

Situated in the creative hub of Cape Town, South Africa, our studio is home to a collaboration of unique individual talents and skills.

The people that fill this space are united by a common purpose and passion to create enduring narratives that engage, entertain and inform a global audience.

Adrian Steirn
Director and Photographer

Founder and Director of the Ginkgo Agency, Adrian is a celebrated photographer and filmmaker. His captivating photographic and cinematic works convey compelling narratives that span the globe, its wildlife and its people.

Janine Fourie
Managing Director

Janine’s career in advertising and branding spans 20 years. With a grounding in key client service and project management, she has spent the better part of her career in senior management positions. Before joining the Ginkgo Agency Janine held the position of Managing Director at HKLM Cape Town.

Andy Ellis
Executive Creative Director

Andy is an award-winning storyteller. His strengths in creative concept and execution led him to the Ginkgo Agency where he contributes as a writer, filmmaker and photographer.

Anthony Hinrichsen
Digital Marketing Strategist

Anthony heads up the new media and distribution arm of Ginkgo Agency. He studied Film & Television Production at City Varsity, and then ventured to South East Asia, where he worked in PR and events. After his return to South Africa and before he joined the Ginkgo team, Anthony was the head of Distribution and Influencer Marketing at iDigital.

Michael Hathorn
Strategist, Writer, Researcher

Michael is a graduate of Rhodes University, where he studied English. At Ginkgo his duties include writing, research and copy editing.

Zee Muller
Senior Video Editor

Zee started at Ginkgo as an intern and has grown in leaps and bounds and is now a highly valued and permanent employee.

Zee has an Advanced Diploma in Video Editing which she completed at City Varsity. She held a number of part-time jobs while she was a student, working as a Data Capturer, Production Assistant and Editor.

Jacquie Steyn
Video Editor

Jacquie was born in Johannesburg where she completed her Masters in Fine Art and her Bachelors in Anthropology. She has lived in Switzerland for 4 years where she acquired a Masters in Public Art, specialising in experimental filmmaking. When she moved to Cape Town, she attained a diploma in film production at SAE.

Sean Plewman
Media Manager and Editor

Sean graduated from AFDA with a degree in Filmmaking, majoring in Writing and Directing. He combines a love of computers with a passion for moving pictures. Sean joins Ginkgo as an intern Media Manager and Assistant Video Editor.

Gary van Wyk

Gary is a natural photographer, he has a unique ability to capture what is happening behind the scenes in an artistic way, revealing peoples’ personalities and emotions.

He has a wealth of experience working with high profile individuals. He worked for both Oprah and Desmond Tutu before joining Ginkgo.

Nawaal Waggie

Nawaal has over 10 years experience in various administrative roles. She spent the last 8.5yrs working for a company in the Sales and Marketing industry, where she gained 6.5yrs experience as a Pastel Bookkeeper. She was listed among the top academic achievers throughout her school career and obtained outstanding results from all the formal training she completed after matriculating in 2001.

Nawaal joined Ginkgo Agency after making the decision to step away from the Sales and Marketing Industry in search of a new challenge.

Erick Mpiana
Office Assistant

Erick is the Office Assistant at Ginkgo, which involves a broad range of duties that vary from day to day.

Erick first came to South Africa from the Democratic Republic of the Congo
in 2003. In the Congo he was part of the military and did extensive training in the army.

Bullie Zungula
Office Housekeeper

Bulie was born in the Eastern Cape. She worked as a store assistant in Durban before moving to Cape Town and joining Ginkgo Agency.

Bulie is a key helping hand around the office. Besides keeping it clean and presentable, Bulie runs errands, organises general office duties and assists with managing the stock of kitchen and office supplies.

Hafeez Floris

Studies in multimedia led Hafeez to a career in graphic design. But it was his deep understanding of space and light that ignited a passion for photography and cinematography. He changed course, honing his craft and working as a freelance news cameraman and photographer for local news agencies before joining the Ginkgo Agency.

Garrin Bowden
Camera Operator and Editor

Garrin is from Durban and moved to Cape Town to study Film and Television Production at CityVarsity. He graduated from CityVarsity with an Advanced Diploma, majoring in Cinematography. Garrin enjoys filmmaking because it allows him to bring together two of his passions, art and technology to create visual stories.

Talysa Rudah
Research Journalist

Talysa is a graduate of UCT, where she completed her BA degree in Film & Media Studies. While studying there, she worked as a producer and talk show host for UCT Radio. Her interests are in media, writing and gender studies.

Dominic Taylor
Camera Operator and Editor

Dominic is passionate about filming and editing for Ginkgo. He grew up on the south coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal, before moving to Cape Town for his studies. He graduated from AFDA with a BA in Motion Pictures, specialising in Directing and Screenwriting.

Lethabo Nxumalo
Junior Writer

Prior to joining Ginkgo Agency, Lethabo lived in the United States for four years while managing to maintain her South African accent. Lethabo graduated from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's degree in Cinema and Digital Arts concentrating on Screenwriting. A jack of all trades, Lethabo can write, shoot and edit and has worked for multiple media-related companies. But above all, she considers herself a storyteller and a story listener.

Brendan Watson
Media Manager and Editor

Brendan finished his degree in Motion Picture Medium at AFDA in 2015 and has done work ranging from writing to production design. He has freelanced part-time throughout his studies, and is now interning as a Media Manager at Ginkgo. His true passion lies in camera work and editing.

Phethagaso Motumi
Editorial Assistant

Phetha is driven by a love of writing and all things lifestyle. Her interests range from music to fashion and food, and understanding the human connections that link all people. Her experience includes working for Elle Magazine as a marketing assistant.

Jodi Windvogel
Photographic Assistant

Jodi brings an array of portraiture and commercial photography skills to Ginkgo. Her passion for social documentary photography has driven her career to date, which has included freelancing for Independent Newspapers and being a recipient of the Ken Oorsterbroek Fellowship.

Busang Senne
Social Strategist

Busang, or Bu for short, is a BA Film and Media Production graduate. She grew up in Johannesburg but has made Cape Town her new home. In her spare time, she makes zines and writes about creative culture.

Sandiswa Sokotu
Production Assistant

After matriculating at an arts school in Pretoria where she majored in Drama, Sandi realized her passion for the film and media industry. She then moved to Cape Town to study at the University of Cape Town where she graduated with a bachelors degree in Film and drama. After her studies she worked in Public Relations and Administration. Apart from her love of production, she enjoys singing, painting and drawing.

Anele Ngcizela
Intern Production Assistant

Anele hails from Port Elizabeth, where she studied Information Technology at NMMU. She then went on to complete a Certificate in Acting for Film and Television at the New York Film Academy in LA. Whilst abroad Anele produced a short film called Bloggers, for which she raised all funding, and also worked as a TV host for Celebrity Night. She is passionate about filmmaking and the entire creative process.

Thando Fipaza
Shooter/Editor Intern

Thando is originally from the Transkei and now lives in Khayelitsha. He studied Film and Television Production at City Varsity and then Documentary Film Production at the UCT Centre for Film and Television Studies. Thando has a huge passion for photojournalism, poetry and writing.

Douglas Smith
Intern Writer

Doug completed his Bachelor of Journalism at Rhodes University, with majors in Journalism, Linguistics and Philosophy. He is keen on healthy, active and creative living. A ballroom dancer and improv comedian by hobby, Doug performed at the National Arts Festival for three years with the improv comedy troupe Naturally Caffeinated.

Ethan Philander
Editorial Intern

Ethan is passionate about the dramatic arts. Whilst at school he pursued drama and took part in a number of stage productions, most notably appearing in the Shakespeare Schools Festival at the Artscape Theatre. The distinction he received for his final drama practical was one of the highest marks in the Western Cape that year.

Mitch Parker
Editorial Intern

Mitch spent just over three years at Rhodes University where he was the Editor-in-Chief of Activate, one of the leading student publications in the country. His energetic stint in student press saw him assist in the production of a documentary on the #RUReferenceList protests. Mitch has also produced content for various national news publications and following his departure from Rhodes developed a full course on marketing and media.

Megan Rainier
Project & Traffic Manager

Megan graduated from Wits University with a degree in History of Art and English Literature. Thereafter she began an internship with a renowned auction house, but became disillusioned with the commercial side of the industry.
For a fresh start Megan moved from Johannesburg to Cape Town, where she discovered her love for film production while working on the brand funded, global format TV show, Ultimate Braai Master. She worked for 3 years managing the show’s many sponsorships. Having found a home in film, Megan is excited to be a part of the ever-growing Ginkgo team and its inspirational storytelling, especially seen through the lens of Beautiful News.

Carla Bokombe
Production Manager

Carla is passionate about people. Married with two amazing girls, she runs a mentorship project for teenage girls called She's My Sissy. She also has a cat named Loopy. Carla thrives in her role as Production Manager for Ginkgo. She facilitates the coming together of each creative channel to ensure that productions run smoothly.

Zayaan Abdulla
Accounts & Admin Assistant

Zayaan studied Office Administration at 1 Monarch Global, where she went on to work as an office administrator. She achieved acclaim for increasing department productivity through the implementation of a new work process flow and also received awards for customer satisfaction.

Philia Ramazzotti
Intern Editor

Alessia, aka Philia, is a photographer and filmmaker passionate about all things visual. Initially an actress, she discovered a love for what goes on behind the scenes. Since graduating from AFDA Philia has dedicated her time to editing, cinematography, photography, directing and presenting, as well as modelling and styling.

Abdullah Abrahams
Media Manager Intern

Abdullah arrived at City Varsity with the dream of becoming a storyteller and left with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television. He hopes to learn as much as possible from Ginkgo Agency to improve himself as a filmmaker and as an individual.

Marle Visagie
Media Manager Intern

Marlè studied for a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of the Free State, where she subsequently completed her Honours in Film and Visual Media. During her studies she freelanced as a stage manager and theatre lighting technician. She is passionate about photography, videography and editing.

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