Lukhanyo Calata

Managing Director and Executive Producer

Lukhanyo Calata is an award-winning journalist, author and Programme editor for e-tv News.  Calata worked for the SABC in Parliament for 7 years before joining the e-Media stable as newsroom editor for e-tv News. Prior to the SABC, Calata worked as a writer/director for Oryx Media a multimedia production company based in Cape Town. In 2010 Calata produced his first independent short documentary-film on his personal quest to find closure for his family as they seek justice for the murder of his father Fort Calata of the Cradock Four. The short film serves as a precursor to the Calata Legacy Project, which includes a full-length feature documentary film (State of Emergency), a book (My father died for this) as well as a digital memory project.

Calata’s television journalism career began in 2005 when he was hired by Debora Patta to join eNews as a news and sports reporter. Prior to that he had spent 2 years as a radio reporter/anchor at P4 Radio.

Calata holds a National Diploma in Journalism from the Peninsula Technikon having qualified in 2003.

Abigail Calata


Abigail Calata is an experienced journalist, writer, and is currently publicity manager for the Shoprite Group. She co-authored the book ‘My father died for this’. She is working on the research aspect of the film, uncovering all the information needed for script development.

A seasoned communicator she started her journalistic career at the Afrikaans daily, Die Burger. She served as parliamentary reporter for Beeld before entering the world of communications. The five years spent at UCT’s Communication and Marketing Department saw her producing content for the university’s corporate website as well as its in-house newspaper.

She obtained a BPhil Journalism degree from the University of Stellenbosch, which was preceded by a BA with majors English, German and Mathematics.

You can access her LinkedIn profile here