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Minister Mashatile tells the new Film Board to “hit the ground running”.

From the Press Release: “The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr. PaulMashatile appointed a new board for the National Film and Video Foundation. Ata ceremony to announce members of the new Board, Mr. Mashatile told them thatthey could not have joined Board at a better time. He said so because theDepartment of Arts and culture will hold a two-day Summit to discuss a newstrategy to reposition the arts, culture and heritage sector. The draftstrategy emphasises the sector’s contribution to job creation. Mashatileinvited all members of the board to attend the Summit so that they cancontribute to the final strategy. “I want you to work with me to create a newera for the sector and particularly film in your case. Convince me with yourideas and I will convince my Cabinet colleagues that our sector is one of thetop job-drivers and therefore should receive more resources. There is a lot oftalent out there. Our youth have stories to tell and we must help them do sowithout sending them from pillar to post”, he said. The new members of the Board are: Ms. Mmabatho Ramagoshi (Chairperson) : She is the Regional general Manager of SABC Ms. Zama Mkosi: She is a Media and Entertainment Lawyer at Jacobson, Rosin and Wright Mr. Sello Molefe: He is the coordinator and researcher at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation and has studied Video and Film Production. Mr. George Leolo: He served as CFO in Sifikile Investment Holdings, with a background in finance. Mr. Avhasei Mukoma : He is a Managing Director of Mukoma Attorneys and is also a Council member of the Operations Committee of the Film and Publication Board. Mr. Paul Raleigh: He is the founder and managing Director of Moviworld. He is also a Director for Southern Africa Film Finances. Mr. Laurence Mitchell: He is an Executive Director of Waterfront Studios and was CEO and Film Commissioner of the Cape Film Commission. Ms. Gcina Mhlophe-Becker: She has extensive experience in the arts including being an accomplished and world renowned actress, story-teller and writer. Adv. Rai Roshan Dehal: He is a practicing advocate with expertise in Civil Litigation; Contractual Law; Property Law; Cross Border International Litigation; Arbitration and Contractual Dispute Resolution. Ms. Trish Downing: She is a Senior Manager in Marketing and Communications at Ster Kinekor Theatres. Dr. Patricia Sethe Makhesha: She is a Senior Executive in Transformation at SAFCOL / KLF. The returning Council Members are Mr. MohauMphomela, Ms Sandra Gordon and Mr. Rod Solomons. The Ms Mmbatho Ramogoshi, the Chairperson of theBoard responded and told her embers that the mandate was clear. She said theBoard will hold its first meeting in the next as soon as possible and see howit should meet the Minister’s expectations. The Deputy Chairperson will beappointed by the board at its first meeting. Enquiries : MackLewele 082 450 5076 / 012 441 3083″

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