Jomba! Fringe

This ‘open to application’ platform for 2020, provides an opportunity for dance makers to present their digital/dance film work for showcasing under the auspices of the JOMBA! festival. A panel of expert adjudicators will assess the submissions and a selection will be viewed on Monday 31 August @ 19h00. 

Fringe - Photo by Val Adamson

JOMBA! FRINGE – photo by Val Adamson

Whilst not all submissions will be shown, submissions have come from:


The top 8 works screened on the 31st August:


Sifiso E. Kweyama (SA), Julie Veronirina Iarisoa (Madagascar), Phumlani Life Mndebele (SA), Sabelo Cele (SA), 



Jena Woodroffe (SA), Robert Ssempijja (Uganda),  Kaldi Makutike (SA/DRC) and Pavishen Paideya (SA) 


The Adjudication panel for 2020 are


David April – photo supplied

DAVID APRIL – is a director, teacher, choreographer and lobbyist in the realm of South African dance and performance. With over two decades of experience in the Creative and Cultural industries he has filled a diversity of roles within the performing arts sphere; performer, project manager, fundraiser, dance adjudicator, motivational speaker and reviewer.


He holds an MA in Cultural Policy & Management from Wits University. Currently, April is employed at the University of Pretoria (School of the Arts) and is involved in Production Logistics alongside lecturing Arts Administration & Management as well as Movement Studies.


Tiny Mungwe- photo by Myllo Menoarah

TINY MUNGWE – is a South African film/TV producer and festival programmer based in Cape Town. She works at STEPS as a producer and is currently producing Generation Africa a pan-African documentary project on the topic of migration. Previously she has worked as a project manager and programmer for the Centre for Creative Arts festivals (Time of the Writer, Poetry Africa and the Durban International Film Festival) as well as the South African Script Writers Institute. She also had an early career on radio with P4 KZN and East Coast Radio.



Smangaliso Ngwenya – photo supplied

SMANGALISO NGWENYA – is a dancer, performer, writer, choreographer, videographer and editor. The essence of all his creations is rooted in dance and movement through which he offers a multimedium of choreographed texts. He acquired his first traces of dance and movement training from First Physical Theatre Dance Company while completing his Bachelor of Journalism at Rhodes University (2013-2016). At Rhodes University he performed at the National Arts Festival (2015 and 2016) and was a cameraman for Mark Freeman’s international film “dancedance/Revolution”. He is currently working towards completing his MA in Cultural Policy and Management at the University of Witwatersrand.

Prizes are awarded as follows:

1st place

2nd place

3rd place

Robert Ssempijja (Uganda)


Sabelo Cele (South Africa)


Pavishen Paideya (South Africa)