Bomb Commercials

Producers of Teboho Mahlatsi,  Stephina Zwane, Ernest Nkosi and Itumeleng Mohlabane’s award-winning work. 

Johannesburg

Directors: Teboho Mahlatsi / Stephina Zwane / Ernest Nkosi / Itumeleng Mohlabane
Executive Producer: Gavin Joubert
Producer: Marc Harrison

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Bomb Commercials’ is a boutique production house, operating out of Johannesburg. The Team consists of Gavin Joubert: our Oscar winning- Executive Producer; Teboho: Director; Stephina: Director; Ernest: Director; Itumeleng: Director and Marc G Harrison: Producer. We have four permanent ‘in house’ researchers, Sam, Mbali, Bontle, and Luthando.

We specialize in delivering high-end commercials, with incredible production support. We have been around for 15 years. We have established ourselves as a go-to production house, for both CT and JHB agencies. Our Clients include: Ogilvy, MetropolitanRepublic, FCB, Black River, Network, Leo Burnett, TBWA, Y&R, The Odd Number, Joe Public, Ireland Davenport, DDB, SRL+, Boomtown & Jupiter.

Teboho is an award-winning director, and is famed for his drama work on Yizo Yizo, and more recently iconic South African Commercials: Sasol ‘All Stars’; MTN ‘community tables’; MTN ‘Ayoba’; Vodacom ‘Jaiva’; Vodacom ‘Summer Loving’; DSTV ‘TIA’; SAB ‘Be The Mentor’; MTN ‘ Marvin’. Please see his showreel on our website.

With two successful feature films under her belt, Stephina Zwane is carving out a distinctive brand of local storytelling. She now extends her creative reach into the world of commercials, bringing to Bomb her unique artistic voice and talent. Her love for crafting authentic South African narratives through words and visuals has made her a force to be reckoned with.

Driven by passion, underpinned by a strong work ethic, Ernest Nkosi is dedicated to telling true African stories. It is his belief that our continent has a suppressed voice, which can only be liberated by the medium of film.

Itumeleng is a South African commercials and film director with a passion for telling authentic stories in an innovative way. His sharp cinematic eye and strong narrative foundation inspire stories that are both thought-provoking and visually captivating.

Teboho’s Awards

  • Venice Silver Lion, Over 22 Loeries: including Gold, SAFTA, D&AD shortlist, Cannes Shortlist, Sundance recognition

Stephina’s Awards

  • Official selection for the Jo’burg Film Festival 2016 – Love & Kwaito
  • Official selection for the Ugu Film Festival 2016 – Love & Kwaito
  • Official selection for the Toronto Black Film Festival 2018 – Baby Mamas
  • Official selection for the New York African Film Festival 2018 – Baby Mamas
  • Official selection for the Durban International Film Festival 2018 – Baby Mamas
  • Official selection for the Lights, Camera, Africa Film Festival 2018 – Baby Mamas

JOHANNESBURG OFFICE

63 Main Street, Bordeaux,
Johannesburg, 2194

Executive Producer: Gavin Joubert
gavin@thebomb.co.za
+27 82 455 9377

Producer: Marc Harrison
marc@thebomb.co.za
+27 82 926 0622

Awarded by IDIDTHAT

AWARDED: CRAFT MENTION (DIRECTION)
Bomb Commercials | Justice Muhkeli
Hollard ‘Abantu Bazothini’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Tseliso Rangaka, CCO at FCB Africa
August 2020

Tseliso’s comment: “There’s something in the way Justice approached the Hollard film that makes it worth a mention. Funeral cover ads usually either end up cheesy or come across as insincere. No one can pretend to know what it feels like to be the one in mourning. This felt different to me. It felt genuine and had a beautiful tenderness. The cast, the styling and performances all worked together to create a moment of real empathy.”

AWARDED: CRAFT MENTION (DIRECTION)
Bomb Commercials | Justice Muhkeli
SAT ‘Sakhumzi’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Greg Gray, Director at Romance Films
April 2020

Judge’s comment: “Two testimonial commercials that are worth a special mention, come at a time where the strength of community, hope and opportunity are giving the people of South Africa the strength to weather this storm. Justice Mukheli’s ‘Sakhumzi’ and Robin Adam’s ‘Rhiza Babuyile’ are very different in execution, but are both moving testaments to the power of strength and support in a time of need.”

AWARDED: CRAFT MENTION (DIRECTION)
Bomb Commercials | Justice Muhkeli
Ingrams ‘Your Skin. Your Brave’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Nicola Wielopolski, Creative Director at DDB South Africa
January 2020

Judge’s Comment: “I could feel Justice’s soul, his truth and his storytelling in this piece for Ingrams. It is told beautifully, honestly and with a special human touch.”

AWARDED: CRAFT MENTION (DIRECTION)
Bomb Commercials | Teboho
#hopejoanna
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Nicola Wielopolski, Creative Director at DDB South Africa
May 2018

Judges Comment: “You had me at musical. I love the energy, blend of old with new and the good vibes it leaves you with.”

AWARDED: CRAFT MENTION (DIRECTION)
Bomb Commercials | Teboho
Amstel ‘The Pursuit’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Steph van Niekerk, Creative Director
March 2017

Judges Comment: “It must have been a tricky story to tell. It’s about a man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants (Amstel) but at the same time is consciously trying to help and support those around him. How do you tell the second part of the story without breaking the pace and urgency of what is a classic car chase? Teboho finds a way and there are some lovely moments woven into the chase scene without slowing down the pace of the overall edit. (See 0:44)”

AWARDED: CRAFT MENTION (DIRECTION)
Bomb Commercials | Teboho
JC Le Roux ‘Release What’s Inside’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Pepe Marais, Chief Creative Officer at Joe Public
May 2016

Judges Comment: “We have worked with Bomb of late and they bring big thinking in terms of treatment to our ideas. They also follow through and over deliver, which is needed in times like these.

AWARDED: BEST IN CRAFT (DIRECTION)
Bomb Commercials | Teboho Mahlatsi
SAB ‘Be the Mentor’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Jonathan Lang, Executive Creative Director at JWT Cape Town
November 2015

Judges Comment: “A fresh piece of film from Teboho Mahlatsi from Bomb Commercials for ‘SAB BE THE MENTOR’. It is powerful, evocative and cuts through to speak to a young generation. Teboho has harnessed all the disciplines at his disposal. It’s real, in your face and you simply can not ignore it.

AWARDED: CRAFT MENTION (DIRECTION)
Bomb Commercials | Teboho
Tiger Brands Morevite ‘Early Morning’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: James Cloete, Creative Partner at 7dks
June 2015

Judges Comment: “Teboho’s work for Morevite strikes a wonderful balance between filmic and real and his story telling is as moving as we’ve come to expect from him over the years, but the spell that I found myself under at the start of the commercial had worn off a little by the time it ended.

Featured Work

IDIDTHAT Editorial

Behind the Work of Directors Teboho Mahlatsi, Stephina Zwane and Justice Mukheli from Bomb Commercials

March 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on Behind the Work of Directors Teboho Mahlatsi, Stephina Zwane and Justice Mukheli from Bomb Commercials

We Skype the talented trio, Directors Teboho Mahlatsi, Stephina Zwane and Justice Mukheli from Bomb Commercials, to catch up on some of their favourite spots they've created. Once we get past the buffering they hit us with some behind-the-scenes truth bombs you don't want to miss!

Bomb Commercials Signs Director Justice

September 20th, 2018|Comments Off on Bomb Commercials Signs Director Justice

Director Justice is as in touch with South Africa’s beautiful people and culture as he is with his own emotions. With his heart firmly on his sleeve, he opens up about his own journey as a Director and joining the team at Bomb Commercials.