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 Dr. Liani Maasdorp

  Academic Director

Liani obtained her doctorate in film studies from the University of Stellenbosch. She conducted research on aspects of documentary editing and has a passion for non-fiction filmmaking.

Since she started working in the television industry in 1997, she has worked as editor, television director, film school lecturer and Apple Final Cut Pro trainer. As a consultant, she advises documentary filmmakers on all aspects of production: from selecting a concept through production and post-production to final delivery.

Liani has written for academic and popular publications including Film Philosophy Journal, The South African Theatre Journal, World Cinema Directory, National Geographic Traveller and De Kat magazine.

Email Liani : / Call Liani on : 021 650 5727

Alan Johannes

 Chief Technical Officer

 Alan studied through Wits Technikon while serving an apprenticeship with an electronics company, and joined UCT’s newly established TV Unit, part of the Teaching Methods Unit, in 1980. This was incorporated into the Humanities Faculty in 2001. He is in charge of all-round studio maintenance (plus systems design and construction), and video production experience.


Email Alan: / Call Alan on : 021 650 5736

Wandile Tonqa

Junior Technical Assistant

Wandile is a self-taught photographer and videographer. His passion for cameras started when he was doing standard 6 (grade 8), when he took pictures at school and filmed events such as funerals and birthdays over the weekends. In 2009 he started working with a number of production companies as technical support and also in a live television set up, where he was responsible for linking the local studio and other west African studios via satellite. He has experience in different media set ups doing sound, vision mixing and operating studio & ENG cameras.

He is also a Stepping Stone programme graduate. At the studio, Wandile is responsible for assisting in UCT TV studio productions, preparing and checking equipment for film production students, assisting the Chief Technical Officer with gear maintenance and any other duties assigned to him.

Email Wandile: / Call Wandile on : + 27 21 650 3985/5736

Molly Maunganidze

 Senior Secretary

Molly studied journalism and public relations, and worked as a communications officer in the Gender, Media and Development non-governmental sector in Zimbabwe. She also doubled up as an administrative assistant in many cases. Molly is driven, and passionate about people. At UCT TV, she handles administration portfolios,studio & post-production facilities bookings and manages the CFMS 's production equipment pool.

Email Molly :  / Call Molly on :021 650 3985 (between 08h30 -13h30)

Jennifer Merrrick

Outgoing Studio Producer

Jennifer is in the second year of her Masters in  Documentary Arts at the University of Cape Town.  She studied Broadcast Journalism, Spanish and Anthropology as an undergraduate at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. 

 After receiving her bachelor’s degree, she worked as a news reporter and producer for regional television stations in the U.S.  More recently she has worked as a field and post producer on documentary televisions series for U.S. television networks such as the Travel Channel, HGTV, Animal Planet and PBS. 

 Jennifer is currently producing and directing a short documentary film as her master’s thesis project.

Email Jennifer / Call Jennifer on: + 27 21 650 3985/5727

Daniel Ndevu

Incoming Studio Producer

Daniel is an Honours student at University of Cape Town,specialising in documentary film. He is currently producing an environmental documentary in collaboration with researchers at Stellenbosch University and Mondi Group.

Prior to his appointment as Studio Producer, Daniel spent two years serving on the committee of the UCT Film Society, as treasurer and chairperson. In 2016, Daniel founded a small home organising company, The Cape Town Closet Co. With this, Daniel brings to the studio his passion for working with people and his love of developing and organising projects.

Daniel’s duties as studio producer include developing and coordinating film shoots from clients’ briefs, and supervising the production process from conception to delivery.

Email Daniel: / Call Daniel on: +27 650 3985/5727

 Abonga Sithela


 Abonga is currently studying towards an Honours degree in Musicology at the University of Cape Town. He is interning at UCT Television Studio as part of the requirements of a FAM course he took this semester in the Film and Media Studies department. At the studio, Abonga is involved in sound designing projects amongst other things,under the supervision of Jennifer Merrick.

He is also involved in a number of educational youth empowerment projects outside of the University, which targets youths  from the township schools. Abonga is also a teaching assistant to Dr Catherine Hutchings in the Academic literacy course, 'Language in the Performing Arts' (LiPA) for students in the Performing and Creative Arts and a student assistant at the W. Bell. Music library.