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Always Cooking

Burnt Onion Productions is a South African, Johannesburg based Film and Television production company established in 2008. The company has produced short form and long form content, for various local and international broadcasters, including Netflix, SABC1, SABC2, SABC3, Multichoice and Viacom (BET, MTVBase, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central).

At Burnt Onion Productions we do the whole enchilada, from concept to delivery, we work with one goal in mind, “to make sure that everything is cooked to absolute perfection”.  In short, we believe that the combination of fresh creativity and a commitment to quality is a recipe for great work.

We’re a passionate bunch of people who ensure that high-end quality productions and stories are produced in the most vibrant, innovative and cost-effective ways.



Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth, that's why we only have 3!

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Managing Director

Katleho is the man who makes things happen. He is an award-winning writer, producer and director.

Before discovering his creative side, Katleho Ramaphakela was set to be a number cruncher, completing his BCom Accounting degree at the University of Johannesburg. Today he is an award-winning producer, writer and director who has a camera-facing career that spans over a decade. His first role was in the local fan favourite show, Backstage as Neo, subsequently followed by other TV roles, including a SAFTA (South African Film and Television Awards) nominated role on Intersexions. He has since honed his skills in scriptwriting and TV production, eventually writing, creating, and producing flagship prime-time drama series for South African broadcasters. Katleho continues to write and create for Burnt Onion Productions’ award-winning shows. In 2020, Katleho Ramaphakela made his directorial debut along with his sister, Rethabile Ramaphakela, on the Netflix film, Seriously Single.


General Manager

Tshepo Ramaphakela is an award-winning South African television producer. He keeps the business side of things running. Tshepo makes sure our clients are always satisfied to the max, while bringing home our bacon.  

He has, through Burnt Onion Productions, produced hundreds of hours of television, including award winning dramas and sitcoms. With over eight years of experience as an analyst and statistician, Tshepo brings his financial and managerial experience as an executive producer to Burnt Onion Productions.



Creative Director

Rethabile Ramaphakela is an award-winning TV producer, writer and director. With excellent taste and flair, award-winning all-rounder Rethabile, brings her distinctive creative genius to the table. 

As soon as she completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Motion Picture Medium at AFDA, Rethabile started tackling the TV industry head-on working across a range of TV genres as a writer, producer and voice-over artist. Rethabile kick-started her career as a kids’ presenter on SABC, KTV and Supersport. Behind the camera, Rethabile has created and written successful popular comedy series that include the award-winning mockumentary series Check-Coast (2014), the sitcom Thuli noThulani (2017) and the comedy drama series Bedford Wives (2017). In 2019, Rethabile was named a ‘producer to watch’ from Africa at the MIPTV market in Cannes. Most recently she co-directed the Netflix Film, Seriously Single, with her brother. 


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How to Ruin Christmas


Prodigal daughter Tumi goes home for the holidays and manages to ruin her sister's wedding plans. Now she must make things right before it's too late. This 3 part series is a Netflix Original Holiday Special


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