Born in the Kwa-Zulu-Natal (Marianhill), the picturesque part of KzwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa, Joseph Oesi is an award winning and veteran South African news journalist whose work on the African continent has appeared across the world especially in Europe and North America. He was educated in prestigious secondary and tertiary institutions in South Africa (St John’s), France (University of Paris III, La Sorbonne Nouvelle and Grand Ecole: Institute des Hautes Etudes Cinematographique IDECH, Bry-Sur-Mane, Paris) and Australia (Australian Film & TV School, Sydney) where he received a BA degree in Journalism and French Literature and a video editing and camera diploma.
Although he is essentially a journalist by trade, Oesi chose at a very early stage to focus on his first passion – namely telling stories through televisual/multi-media devices. Accordingly, the bulk of his published work is narrated through the video camera in the form of films and documentaries. He particularly likes TV documentaries. In a career spanning three decades, he has produced documentaries in French and English language on African sports and politics for major TV networks including etv, South Africa’s privately owned television; the SABC, South Africa’s public broadcaster; CNN; CBS; Reuters; WTN; APTN; BBC and Thames TV.
A few years ago, he founded Hambrook Communications, a communications firm, to assist a variety of clients to tell their stories especially through the television medium. He also trades as Hambrook Communications.
He lives in Johannesburg, South Africa and London, UK, and is married with three children.
Services offered by Hambrook Communications
• Shooting for clients on HD video
• Capabilities to feed video material internationally
• Field and studio production
• Production and editing of TV news and current affairs
• Production of news and sports documentaries
• TV commercials
• News and current affairs
• Radio and TV live broadcasts
• Research and production