As Animation Producer and Trainer based in South Africa, Sithembiso joined Tshimologong Innovation Hub, working closely with GOBELINS to develop a unique animation internship program. Hellbent on producing authentic African Animation, Sithembiso Mpehle co-founded Dipopaai Studios and set his sights on re-imagining the African narrative through storytelling. He was subsequently recognised by the Mail & Guardian as one of South Africa’s top 200 young entrepreneurs for his work in the film and media space. He is the Creator and Art Director of Wazis Wonderful World, an award-winning animated series broadcasted on multiple South African television channels, including the SABC and eTV, in partnership with the Department of Health. Wazi’s Wonderful World received international recognition at the Prix Jeunesse 2020, for its positive impact on children’s entertainment during the pandemic. Sithembiso boasts a seven-year professional career in the animation industry, working with various organisations and accumulating a wider network along the way.