Meet The Team



Thandiwe Mlauli

Founder & CEO

Thandiwe is a producer, director, writer & illustrator who is focused on developing animated stories for African audiences.

She is passionate about equalising the playing field for black creatives on the continent & in the world.

When she's not plotting to take over the animation world, she spends her time as a mystic, communing with her spiritual tribe.




Development Producer

AJ Pitre is a Writer-Producer with

an infinite love for storytelling and an incurable passion for Animation and
Video Games. As a veteran & former dancer, he is acutely tuned into the human psyche & how it relates to creativity.

When he's not nurturing talent at Studio Yezi, you'll find him playing Volleyball competitively and playing Assasin's Creed or The Witcher on his very fancy Gaming PC.


Lebohang Mathata

Line Producer

Lebo is a Film & TV Producer & a self motivated creative who is passionate about the art of story telling. Her vast travel experience, her knowledge of many cultures and her keen insight into the psychology of people, informs her creative process.

She keeps Studio Yezi on budget & on schedule.

All three producers on the Studio Yezi team are proud graduates of the New York Film Academy. They worked tirelessly to achieve their BFAs and use that vast knowledge to bring our projects to life. Check out their full bios (available in PDF).