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.
Azania has over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Founder and director of the Location Africa conference, she has represented the interests of content producers both South African and African globally.
Carlynn de Waal-Smit: Co-Chairperson
Carlynn studied Dance and Musical Theatre at Pretoria Technikon, she is a shareholder of Contractors Artists, an actors agency established in 1996. She is the National Secretary and Treasurer of the South African Guild of Actors (SAGA).
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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