Monday, January 31, 2011

Interviews for positions on the NFVF Council begin today.

The schedule is as follows:

Ayesha Kajee 13h50
Gina Bonmarriage 14h50
Paul Raleigh 16h20

Kevin Fleischer 10h00
Prof Keyan Tomaselli 11h00
Brenda Sisane 12h30
Zama Mkosi 15h50

Sulona Reddy 12h30
Tshepo Shabangu 14h50

The venue is the Premier Hotel, 73 Gladiator Street, Kempton Park.

If you have the time, please do attend.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

4th TALENT CAMPUS DURBAN calls for filmmaker applications

The 4th edition of Talent Campus Durban will take place from 22-26 July 2011, during the 32nd Durban International Film Festival (21-31 July). Talent Campus Durban is an intensive 5-day programme delivered by film professionals to enhance both theoretical and practical approaches to filmmaking. Themed Africa in Motion, the 4th Talent Campus Durban presents a unique platform for African filmmakers to propel their careers through participation in a comprehensive series of seminars, workshops and industry networking activities. This year includes the addition of a Doc Station, where selected documentary projects submitted by accepted talents will be finessed and packaged for presentation within the Durban FilmMart.

40 filmmakers from 20 countries in Africa were selected for the successful 2010 edition, imbuing the Campus with a rich intercultural nature, and sparking exchanges and cooperation that will continue to feed the development of filmmaking across borders of this continent. Talent Campus Durban now invites filmmakers from Africa to apply to participate in the 2011 programme, which takes place in Durban, South Africa, over five days. In addition to specific activities offered by the Campus, the selected talents will have the opportunity to attend films and events at the 32nd Durban International Film Festival.

Full rules and link to the on-line application form at:
Deadline for application: 15 March 2011

For further details:
Phone: +27 (0)31 260 2506/1704
Fax: +27 (0)31 260 3074
Email: or

Talent Campus Durban is a cooperation between the Durban International Film Festival and the Berlinale Talent Campus of the Berlin International Film Festival and is supported by the German Embassy in South Africa, the Goethe-Institut South Africa and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism.

The Durban International Film Festival is organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN) with funding and support from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (principal funder), National Film & Video Foundation, HIVOS, City of Durban and other valued funders and partners.


Johannesburg, 26 January 2011 – The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has noted the judgment by Judge Neels Claassen of the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg against the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) in a matter between them and the Freedom of Expression Institute, concerning the SABC.

In 2006, FXI lodged a complaint with ICASA against the SABC in respect to the alleged banning of certain political analysts. ICASA presided over the matter and came to a decision that it did not have jurisdiction over the editorial independence of the SABC.

FXI appealed the ruling, and it was confirmed on appeal. FXI then referred the matter for review to the South Gauteng High Court, against the ruling of ICASA’s appeal tribunal.

The Judge in delivering his judgment made passing references to the SABC, which has led to misrepresentation by some media outlets that the ruling was against the SABC and this has to be corrected. FXI did not take the SABC to court, but rather it was a matter between FXI and ICASA and therefore the judgment is not against the SABC but was against the Regulator.

Since the FXI took this matter to the Regulator a new Board has been appointed, as well as a new Head of News. The SABC is committed to respecting the legislation and editorial code that governs the public broadcaster and in this regard has committed to creating an editorial policy unit to providing internal oversight and a public review of its editorial policies.



Issued By: Group Communications
Media Enquiries: Kaizer Kganyago
082 306 8888

The National Film and Video Foundation Call to Observe Public Interviews

As a follow-up to the public call to nominate members to serve in the NFVF Council,
members of the film and video community and the general public are hereby invited to
observe the proceedings of Council interviews. This call is in line with the requirements of the National Film and Video Foundation Act, 1997 (Act 73 of 1997). The objectives of the NFVF include advising the film and video industry, encouraging persons, especially from disadvantaged communities, to get involved in the film and video industry, encouraging the development and distribution of local products and addressing historical imbalances in the infrastructure and distribution of skills and resources.

An independent panel has been appointed by the Minister of Arts and Culture to conduct the interviews. The purpose of the panel will be to ensure that suitably qualified candidates are selected and are representative of the demographics of the Country, to comply with the laws of the country.

The Council will consist of no fewer than nine (9) and no more than fourteen (14) members. Any member of the public may object in writing to the nomination of any person. Due to limitations imposed by the venue, representative organisations will be given priority.

Venue: Premier Hotel, 73 Gladiator Street, Kempton Park.
Date: Monday, 31 January 2011 to Wednesday, 2 February 2011
Time: 09:30-17:20

Correspondence can to be directed to Mr Sizeka Mabunda and Ms Tsakani Sithole
at the Department of Arts and Culture, Private Bag X897, Pretoria 0001 or fax:
(012) 441-3456 or tel. (012) 441-3649/3606.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Hunt starts for next big boss at the SABC

Jan 20, 2011 9:56 PM | By KHETHIWE CHELEMU


The SABC has begun the search for a new group CEO and its board is expected to meet soon to discuss a head-hunting strategy.

CEO Solly Mokoetle resigned on Wednesday after a protracted battle with the broadcaster's board following his suspension last year.

Advertisements for the post are expected to be placed soon.

Mokoetle, one of the briefest- serving SABC group CEOs, is said to have walked away with a golden handshake of millions, eight months into his job.

But neither he nor the corporation will reveal the terms of the settlement, citing a confidentiality clause.

Mokoetle was appointed by the SABC board in December 2009 but did not start work until January 4 last year.

He was suspended on full pay in September after claims by the board that he failed to devise a turnaround strategy for the finance-strapped broadcaster.

Minister of Communications Radhakrishna "Roy" Padayachie commended both the SABC board and Mokoetle for the "mature" way in which they handled the protracted dispute .

Padayachie said he hoped that Mokoetle's resignation would allow the board to start focusing on stabilising the SABC and creating an environment conducive to the implementation of a turnaround strategy.

"The importance of a stable public broadcaster, that functions optimally to meet its mandate, cannot be overemphasised," he said.

He said that in recent months the SABC had been bedevilled by reports of tension between board members and senior management, a total breakdown of corporate governance and financial instability leading to cash flow difficulties.

DA MP Natasha Michael yesterday called on both the SABC and the Department of Communications to reveal the amount of the "under-performing" Mokoetle's settlement payout. She said it appeared that he was at the job only to ride "the gravy train".

Mokoetle's predecessor, Dali Mpofu, who has gone back to practising as an advocate, was given a R14-million settlement on his departure from the SABC.

Michael said it is becoming a trend for [parastatal] companies to pay huge payouts to badly performing CEOs and that this practice had cost the public about R250-million in the past 10 years, with no company held accountable.

"In fact, in most instances, senior management have directly benefited for their lack of performance," said Michael.

She said that most senior managers were rewarded with inflated bonuses, golden handshakes and senior positions in the government.

"Mr Mokoetle would be yet another example of just such a CEO."

SASFED Statement on Resignation of Mr Solly Mokoetle at SABC

21 January 2011

The SA Screen Federation (SASFED), representing the independent film and TV production sector welcomes the resignation of Mr Solly Mokoetle in light of the delay this and other factors have caused in the SABC implementing a viable turnaround strategy.

SASFED notes the damage that has already been done to the independent film & television production industry due to the lack of effective leadership at the SABC over the past few years. We look forward to a swift and transparent process in appointing a new CEO who has the appropriate broadcasting experience, vision and leadership skills to lead a turnaround at the national broadcaster.

SASFED strongly supports ongoing consultation between the SABC and the film & television production sector in developing a turnaround strategy that can build a healthier and sustainable national broadcaster.

The SASFED Chair, Feizel Mamdoo, commented on the resignation, "SASFED reaffirms its support for transparent and accountable governance at the SABC and in all its dealing with the film & TV industry and the wider public. SASFED looks forward to engaging with the SABC on its turnaround strategy to alleviate the bottlenecks that have occurred in the commissioning of new programs."