Buntu Pato is the Executive Head and Director at BPI attorneys. His practice areas involve; Entertainment Law, Labour Law, Immigration Law and Criminal Law.
Buntu has deep familiarity with Entertainment, Labour, Immigration and Criminal Law and has provided extensive regulatory and related advice to parties in Africa and the world. Having worked for the National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa in their Research, Policy, Legal and Compliance department, he has gained a deep understanding of the international film and television industry. His most notable work includes, amongst others, the team that negotiated the Netflix and South African collaboration deal for micro-budget feature films. Buntu served as a member of the film/audio-visual reference group, established by the Minister of Arts and Culture. The reference group’s mandate was to recommend specific deliverables or programs of the Film Summit (2019) to the minister.
Earlier in his career, Buntu worked for Legal Aid South Africa, where he provided legal advice and representation to those who cannot afford it. This includes vulnerable groups such as women, children, the elderly, disabled and the rural poor. It was during his time that his passion for justice and human rights were ignited.
Buntu is currently involved with an independent quasi-judicial institution dealing with refugee rights in South Africa.
LLB (Mandela University)
NMP (Wits Business School)
LPC (Practice Number: 94965)