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:
3. Communications Officer.
The Chairperson, 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.
At the previous SASFED AGM of 5 September 2019, the following were decided upon:
Milly Takalani Mulaudzi: Co-Chairperson
After freelancing for more than a decade in the TV and film industry, Takalani founded Tshedza Media in 2012. From that came many hours of producing factual content, being a South African servicing company for the international documentary feature that premiered at IDFA 2017- titled Walls. One of Tshedza Media’s TV productions – 100% Youth got nominated and won a SAFTA 2017 for Best Youth Programme. Other TV shows Tshedza Media has produced are Come Again, My Father, My Hero, Freedom is not Free, Mehlomadala (Reunited) and Forging Ahead.
Under Takalani's leadership, Tshedza Media has been awarded the documentary slate funding by the National Film and Video Foundation 2018. Takalani has been moderating the Nature Environment and Wildlife Congress (NEWF) for 3 years since it’s inception. Takalani has judged the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA’s) for 3 years and judged preliminary round for Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) in 2019.
Passionate about creating powerful and well-crafted media content, Tracy has over 25 years’ experience in film and television: from editor of award-winning commercials, television drama and feature length documentaries, as well as producing award winning educational drama for prime-time television and an audience of millions.
More recently, as executive producer of Sports News Africa in the UK she oversaw the production of sports news content from an African perspective, seeking to change the way this content is produced and distributed.
Training and transformation of the film and television industry in South Africa has always been particular commitment; having served as a Chair of the South African Guild of Editors, running funded training programs for marginalised youth with the Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking and now as a proud member of SWIFT.
Tracy was also a founder member of the Women’s Equality Party, a new and rapidly growing political party in the UK. As deputy chair of the Haringey branch she helped manage two election campaigns and focussed particularly on local and national campaigns around gender-based violence.
Unathi Malunga: Executive Officer & Lobbyist
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.
Born and raised in the Free State, from an early age, Alice was always happy being on stage be it performing or receiving academic awards.
In 2009, Alice moved to Johannesburg to pursue her studies in film and television. She received a BA Audiovisual Communications Degree in 2011 from the University of Johannesburg. To enhance her leadership and organizational skills, Alice started her career in television as a production coordinator at Urban Brew Studios.
In 2013, Alice worked as a project coordinator under the leadership of Dali Tambo at The National Heritage Project Company (NHPC). The national and international scale of the monumental projects she worked on soon led her to project manage some of the projects. She also production managed all the company’s documentaries and promos.
Alice continues to work in the Art and Culture sector. For art is the key that unlocks one’s inner being. The way in which this form of medium spreads and communicates the thoughts and feelings of people and matters in society is profoundly magical.
These people then make up the fiduciary part of the Council for the 2019 /20 year.
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