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been put to­gether and fi­nalised with mere R20 000 bud­gets. Their first flick, ti­tled Isalakut­shelwa Si­bona Ngo­mopho (a stub­born per­son learns the hard way), sold more than 100 DVDs at R50 each.

“It’s a daunt­ing ven­ture,” Mbalati said. “There’s no sup­port here and we’ve had to raise funds our­selves to pro­duce movies,” he said.

His busi­ness part­ner, Ge­of­frey Ma­gag­ula (36), said Hus­tle Pro­duc­tions mem­bers, as the name of the com­pany aptly sug­gests, truly hus­tle hard to pro­duce and sell their work on their own.

“We’ve de­vel­oped an at­ti­tude that, wher­ever one of us is go­ing, he takes DVDs to sell. As a re­sult, we’ve man­aged to buy some cam­eras,” Ma­gag­ula said.

Hus­tle Pro­duc­tions has fin­ished shoot­ing another movie – Ifa Lami (my in­her­i­tance) – which is be­ing edited in Mbalati’s bed­room with fi­nan­cial sup­port from a lo­cal un­der­taker.

“We usu­ally need 20 peo­ple, in­clud­ing ac­tors, di­rec­tors, scriptwrit­ers and pho­tog­ra­phers to make a movie.

“Our ac­tors are mostly un­em­ployed young peo­ple. Each of us takes two roles.

“I act and I’m also di­rec­tor of pho­tog­ra­phy,”

HUS­TLING Nkosi­nathi Mbalati (25), Ge­of­frey Ma­gag­ula (36) and Joseph Makuwa (25) in their stu­dio in Block C out­side Malalane in Mpumalanga. The trio are part of a lo­cal film com­pany, Nko­mazi Hus­tle Pro­duc­tions, which has pro­duced two movies with­out any in­sti­tu­tional or fi­nan­cial sup­port. Above: Scenes from Nko­mazi Hus­tle Pro­duc­tions’ movie, Ifa Lami

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