The Council is the member representative structure of SASFED between Annual General Meetings and is comprised of a minimum of one formally mandated representative from each full member affiliate of SASFED as can be seen on the members page.
Council members are appointed to serve a single term at a time, but may be successively appointed for an unlimited number of terms, except for the Chairperson who may not serve more than three years in succession.
Mandated representatives of member affiliates of SASFED may be changed at any time at the prerogative of the affiliated member and so actual council members may change at any time during the year.
The Council elect from among their number at least the following office-bearers on an annual basis at the AGM:
2. Vice Chairperson
The Chairpersons, either Co-Chairperson or Vice Chairperson and Treasurer, who shall not be connected in relation to each other, will accept the fiduciary responsibility for the organisation.
Nick Cloete: Co-Chairperson
Nick is one of the founders and Managing Directors at Mind’s Eye Creative. With over 10 years in the industry, he has worked on several television series, shorts and commercials for prestigious international networks and brands.
His experience in television production led to the first Nickelodeon International animated short form series developed and produced in South Africa. Nick has a passion for growing the animation and Film industry and serves as the Chair for Animation South Africa and Co-Chair for SASFED.
Desmond has been working in the television industry for over 20 years occupying roles as creative director, commissioning editor, executive producer, producer, director, researcher and scriptwriter among others. He is currently working as a freelance broadcast creative, mainly in the areas of documentary, reality and talk shows. He spent eleven years at the SABC occupying roles as a Commissioning Editor and News Researcher. Desmond has chaired the Documentary Film Association’s Board for two terms and remains an active board member.
Desmond keeps a firm grasp of the latest broadcast trends and audience demands both globally and locally. He is passionate about broadcasting and is constantly exploring new frontiers in visual storytelling and technology, keeping abreast of the latest innovations in content creation and Over The Top (OTT) models of content dissemination. He always strives to leverage new technologies and bold innovative artistic techniques to push the boundaries of storytelling.
Basiami has had a 17-year career in the film industry in production and post-production sound where she has worked as a sound designer, sound editor and supervising sound mixer on over 20 feature films, documentaries and series, including Hear Me Move for which she won Best Sound Design in a Feature Film at the SAFTA Awards in 2016. Her other notable work has included the first African Netflix series Queen Sono, and critically acclaimed feature films such as Roepman, Ballade vir ’n Enkeling, Noem My Skollie, District 9 and The Tokoloshe. During her film career, she branched out into studying law with the aspiration to eventually produce feature films, which she has begun transitioning into. Basiami currently holds a BA Honours degree in Motion Picture Medium from AFDA, a Bachelor or Laws degree (LLB) from the University of South Africa and is an Exco member of the IPO.
Nyasha is the Head of Finance at Natives At Large, a leading Johannesburg based film production company. Having joined the company in 2017, he has overall oversight and control of the finance function including accounting, reporting, audit, tax, budgeting and forecasting, analysis, cash management, corporate finance and compliance.
Nyasha has, in the past 10 years, been intimately involved in volunteer organisations - firstly, with Rotary International as a Services Committee member and secondly, with a church organisation as its Treasurer.
Nyasha is a graduate in accounting science (BCompt) from University of South Africa (UNISA) and has had an extensive career in banking and finance spanning over 18 years.
A Fulbright scholar with an LLM from UCLA, Unathi’s work has been in the creative industries (she has worked as an Entertainment Lawyer then Creative Industries Consultant) and has spanned across a variety of platforms and territories leading to a full understanding of various media platforms and their most effective uses. Having moved from Deneys Reitz (now Norton Rose Fulbright) unlike many Entertainment Lawyers her work has not only covered the whole gambit of the creative and content industries: film, television broadcasting, music, visual arts, publishing (including web), theatre, dance, live events, sport etc. but has further incorporated many diverse aspects such as education, sponsorship and funding, rights strategies, trade exchanges, licensing programmes, product placement, drafting, negotiation and project management. She has, moreover, been involved in running Legacy Programmes – structured training and learning project-specific programmes for the disadvantaged.
Whether she is speaking at a World Intellectual Property Organisation’s (WIPO) Seminar, or rendering commercial or production legals for the African Union, AFCON or 2010 FIFA World Cup Ceremonies, working on the Lion King Theatrical or international co-productions motion pictures such as Blood Diamond, Unathi’s experience in diplomatically negotiating international agreements, promoting South Africa and its business and cultural competitive advantages, along with the established global networks she has maintained, has provided her with an ability to understand and respect the practices, customs and values of other individuals and cultures and to see diversity as beneficial to any relationship and organization.
These people then make up the fiduciary part of the Council for the 2021/2022 year.
Siyabonga Mngoma has worked in the film industry administration for 10 years, gaining experience in Strategy development and implementation, project management and integrated communications. As a seasoned marketer, she is passionate about advancing the role of independent film and television in South Africa and creating impact driven programmes.
She has an honours degree in Brand Leadership from Vega Brand Communication School, a degree in integrated marketing communication from AAA School of Advertising and recently received a diploma in Digital Marketing.
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