Tshepo “SWART” Rameetse – Rising Above Adversity


We draw our inspiration from Tshepo “SWART” Rameetse this week! He runs a production company which specialises in Corporate videos AV, stage, lighting and printing solutions. Read his inspiring story below.

I was born in Tladi in Soweto in the 1980`s then in 1993 my parents moved to Lonehill, the north of Johannesburg. I attended Bordeaux Primary School in Randburg then went to Nigel High School.

Losing my mother in a car accident at the age of 16 when she was fetching me from boarding school was my biggest challenge. However, my childhood was great. My parents ensured I lived a comfortable life when growing up. I worked at my father’s construction company for three months and this shaped me to become the man I am today. I’ve built a name for myself. Like some teenagers, I ran away from home and moved to Tladi to be with my grandmother. I still think I should have moved further.
I run a production company called SWART ORI PRODUCTIONS which was registered in 2008. We specialise in Corporate videos AV, stage, lighting and printing solutions.
How I got into the business? My uncle is a sound engineer, so I used to visit him and one day I asked him to see what he really does. After a month he called me to teach me everything I know today. In 2006 I thought about opening a production house but I was told I wouldn’t break into the market because it is a White owned industry.
I sometimes feel as if I don’t charge clients enough for the job done because I am a creative and not an accountant. However, because I am doing something I love I don’t mind going overboard to deliver a good product.
My highlights this far about SWART ORI PRODUCTIONS is that it has really grown from 2008. We’ve added a division for AV stage and lighting, a division for any T-Shirt printing solutions in large orders. Our work has an excellent quality.
In order to succeed in any business, it is important to be consistent and always deliver for your client.
I’d like to fund my own films and reality shows, publish them under my own domain so people can have an easy access and view them for free.

If there was anything you could do differently, what would it be?

There’s nothing I’d do differently because everything I’ve done so far has helped shape me to the person that am.
I look up to American film director Spike Lee, when he started out no one took him seriously but today he owns a production house and has produced over 35 films since 1983. The same also applies to Nollywood, it has taken over the world.
I am involved in an inspiring project which will be will aired on one of the channels abroad. We’re working with one of South African’s prominent icons with regards to shifting political views and we’ve been working on it for the past four years. Stay tuned!
Last words
Follow your passion.
Facebook: Swart Black
Tel: +27 (0) 72 606 3952
Email(s): tshepo@swartoriproductions.co.za or

Thank you for sharing your inspirational story with our community, Tshepo. We wish you all the best in everything you do.

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