Tuesday, November 17, 2020



                            WGSA Online Workshops

You’re invited!
The WGSA, in collaboration with the NFVF, presents a series of online discussions focusing on writers’ rights. These sessions will include topics on IP/Copyright, Rates and Contracts.
We are inviting all writers, actors, producers, filmmakers, and anyone within the film industry to attend. 

IP and the Copyright Amendment Bill
Date and Time: 18 November 2020 14h00-16h00

Moderator/Facilitator: Theoline Maphutha
Speaker/s: Collen Dlamini (CCSA) & Phumla Nobantu (Mfeka Attorneys)

Collen Dlamini is the Executive Director at Future Managers, a market leader in TVET educational publishing. In his current position, Collen has used his prior experience to become a zealous and effective advocate for education.

Collen has also applied his leadership experience to the work of the Copyright Coalition of South Africa NPC (CCSA), a lobbying group of 22 creative industry trade associations. In his previous role as Chairperson (and convener) of the Coalition, Collen has championed the fight against piracy, worked to educate creatives and the public about the importance of intellectual property protections for artists’ livelihoods. He has also used this platform to engage government about the threat the Copyright Amendment Bill poses to the survival of the creative sector and led a campaign which resulted in the President’s referral of the Bill back to Parliament.
Collen has a gift for connecting with people and distilling complex ideas into digestible and useful pieces. He has published thought leadership pieces in most of South Africa’s media outlets.
Over and above his activism on education and copyright issues, Collen finds time to fulfil his roles as a board member of the largest children’s hospital in Africa- the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town.

Phumla Mfeka
Phumla Mfeka has been engaged in the creative industries for approximately 15 years. She consults with local and international clients in various industries but focuses in the protection of rights in general and IP rights in the entertainment industries in particular.
She is involved in industry policy engagements in South Africa and in 2018 was assigned by the Independent Black Film Producers Collective (IBFC) to provide legal services in formulating the coalitions policy position on the CAB and make submissions to the South African Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry on the Copyright Amendment Bill and Performers Protection Amendment Bill (“the Bills”). She continues to make representations on copyright reform and regularly partakes in discussion with the cultural industry on the changes new legislation once enacted, will see in the industry in relation to rights ownership and user rights. She has and continues to advocate for appropriate copyright reform which will foster economic growth for the ailing industry in the African continent.
Her community engagements include advocating for woman’s academic rights and is a trustee of the Wits Gold Women’s Trust (WGWT), since 2005. The WGWT funds educational initiatives, tertiary studies and special projects for previously disadvantaged women in general and particular those affected or effected by the mining industry in South Africa.

Closing Tuesday, 17 November 2020 at 11:00


Writers’ Rights: Copyright Act, Copyright Amendment Bill, and Script Registry
Date and Time: 
19 November 2020 16h00 - 17h30
Theoline Maphutha
Christiaan Steyn (Steyn IP) & Thea Aboud (WGSA)

Christiaan specialises in Intellectual Property Law and Legal Compliance, with specific expertise and interest in Trade Marks, Copyright and Domain Disputes, and founded STEYN IP, a specialist law firm dealing in these legal spheres, where he current holds a position as Managing Director. He is also the Founder of a Non-Profit Organisation known as FAME.org.za (the Foundation for the Advancement of Musicians Empowerment), which is dedicated to support and uplift South African musicians.

Christiaan has further built his experience in these areas of law through his employment at various Intellectual Property Law Firms, including Rademeyer Attorneys (associated with McCullum Rademeyer & Freimond) and De Kock Attorneys Inc (subsequently merged with Stegmanns Inc), as well as part of the team responsible for the Trade Mark and Domain portfolios at Sasol Technology, and in holding a legal position in Intellectual Property at the Department of Trade, Industry and Commerce (DTIC) in the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission's (CIPC) Trade Marks Office.

Christiaan obtained a LLB degree at North-West University, Potchefstroom, and is an admitted and practicing attorney of the High Court of South Africa. He is currently a candidate for a Masters Degree in Intellectual Property Law at the University of South Africa (UNISA). Christiaan is further involved in Intellectual Property Law in South Africa as a Senior Domain Dispute Adjudicator, as well as serving on the SAIIPL (South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law) ADR, Copyright and Trade Mark Committees, as well as the AIPLITL (South African Association of Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology Law) Communications Committee.

Christiaan has great passion for Intellectual Property Law, specifically in the creative sector, and continuously strives to build his expertise and reputation in this field. He further aims to be among the leading professionals in Intellectual Property Law, as well as continue to be actively involved in the advance of legal innovations and Intellectual Property development in South African. 


Bargaining Council and the benefits for writers and the film industry with Q&A; Employment and Labour department
Date and Time: 
20 November 2020 10h00-11h30
Carlynn De Waal-Smit (SAGA) & Nick van Rooyen (UASA)

Studied Dance and Musical theatre at Pretoria Technikon, she is a shareholder and Managing Director of Contractors Artists, an actors’ agency established in 1996. Carlynn is a member of the PMA (Personal Managers Association), the agency representative body that stands for ethical codes of practice for professional performers agencies.

As a founder member of SAGA (South African Guild of Actors), Carlynn holds the position of National Secretary on the Executive Committee and is the representative on the SASFED council. SAGA’s work in the representation of professional actors is to promote professionalism in the performance industry and to protect and enhance actors’ working conditions, compensation and benefits.

Carlynn is committed to upliftment, education and working for the rights of professional actors in the entertainment industry.


We can only host 100 people per session, space is limited. Please register BELOW for each individual session to receive the Zoom link.


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