“…That belief in yourself is difficult. It is hard for everybody. Work at it. Work at it. Work at it. Success comes in many different forms and there is a future for you…” – Ms Unathi Malunga (OK 1994)
August is Women’s Month and what better way to truly celebrate it than by touching base with a few notable women in our very own Kingswood family.
As we end this week, we have the honour of profiling, as part of the KC Women’s Month Series, Ms Unathi Malunga today.
Unathi was at Kingswood College from 1985 – 1994 and went on to become a Fulbright scholar with an LLM from UCLA.
Unathi has worked primarily in the creative industries sphere where she has been an Entertainment Lawyer and then a Creative Industries Consultant. Her experience has provided her with a wide knowledge- base across a variety of different platforms and spaces which has given her the ability to gain a full understanding of various media platforms and their most effective uses.
Unlike many Entertainment Lawyers her work has not only covered the whole gambit of the creative and content industries: film, television broadcasting, music, visual arts, publishing (including web), theatre, dance, live events, sport etc. but has further incorporated many diverse aspects such as education, sponsorship and funding, rights strategies, trade exchanges, licensing programmes, product placement, drafting, negotiation and project management. She has, moreover, been involved in running Legacy Programmes and has structured training and learning project-specific programmes for the disadvantaged.
She is also trained as an Orchestral Instructor and has conducted an Opera with a German Orchestra, guest conducted the Starlight Classics and has also travelled to Europe to conduct in France, Germany, Swtizerland, Kosovo and Macedonia.
A woman of many talents, Unathi, whether she is speaking at a World Intellectual Property Organisation’s (WIPO) Seminar, or rendering commercial or production legals for the African Union, AFCON or 2010 FIFA World Cup Ceremonies, working on the Lion King Theatrical or international co-productions motion pictures such as Blood Diamond, Unathi’s experience in diplomatically negotiating international agreements, promoting South Africa and its business and cultural competitive advantages, along with the established global networks she has maintained, have provided her with an ability to understand and respect the practices, customs and values of other individuals and cultures and to see diversity as beneficial to any relationship and organization.