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Mbabane – A local graphic designer based in South Africa (SA) recently designed a cover for SABC 1 TV programme, ‘The Executives’.  

Nkhosikhona ‘Zuma’ Nkambule also known as ‘Swazi Zuma’ studied Graphic Design at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology. He graduated in 2018, and went to SA in search of graphic design opportunities. ‘The Executives’ is a SA television drama series which revolves around the world of powerful Chief Magistrate Bonginkosi Khumalo, whose real name is Lesley Musina. In the series, he’s on the verge of being appointed the next Con-court Judge of Ilanga Province.

With his marriage, career and family in the line of fire in the series, Khumalo has to learn to take accountability for his actions and rebuild the bridges that were burnt through his selfish and reckless behaviour. The series also stars Pamela Zulu, Llewellyn Cordier, Camilla Waldman, Gcina Nkosi, Daniel Hadebe, Refilwe Modiselle and Fezile Makhanya. The series is produced by SA Women in Television Arts (SAWITA), a team of talented producers. SAWITA is a content creation, content producing and content aggregation company headed by Pulane Shomang Sibeko. He’s a known entertainment producer in SA and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for SAWITA. This content creation organisation is also behind SA’s top action, thrilling drama series on SABC 1, known as ‘Family Secrets’.     


Nkambule said the cover for the series was part of other big projects that he had crafted, as he has worked with several known people. When reached for comment, he said: “This was not my first gig as I have worked with number of artists here in S.A such as Oscar MBO, C-BLACK RECORDS and Clement from Skeem Saam. A friend of mine got me the gig. We meet at my first work place called Touch HD, TBO Touches radio, he was the one who initiated that they give me the job so I took it with open hands, and they were impressed with my work,” Nkambule said. He went on to reveal that graphic design was his high school dream. “I was worried about university life, if I will get any job thus I decided to look at things that I was passionate about which was music. Too bad I can’t sing and rap but I was fascinated by how album covers always link to music and the creativity in it, that sparked my interest and I started researching more about graphic design,” Nkambule said.

He has worked with the local Standard Bank; he designed their social media creative and billboards. He has also designed album covers and promotion material for Kelvin Momo, SA musician and leading light of ‘private school Amapiano’, a variation of the genre that employs elements of Jazz, Deep House and lounge. Furthermore, Nkambule also highlighted some of the challenges he had encountered in the graphic design industry. However Nkambule said he never thought of quitting graphic design as he was always passionate about the art and knew what he wanted. “At first there were advantages and disadvantages as people would want free designs, taking advantage of the fact that they know me, some tried to pay by offering exposure for my work. I moved smart on all the negativity and gave it my all,” shared the artist.

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