By SYDNEY MORWENG
This follows thumps-up from the Minister of Arts & Culture Lulu Xingawana for the sterling job the foundation under the leadership of Eddie Mbalo has undertaken.
The extension follows the announcement by the Minister of Arts and Culture of the term of its Council until the new year on the 31 January 2011 which was appointed in 2007.
As the current Council was appointed in 2007, its’ term of office should have ended in June 2010.
At the same meeting, the Council announced also the extension of the contract of its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Eddie Mbalo whose contract was due to expire on the 31 August 2010.
The NFVF council is appointed by the Minister of Arts and Culture to oversee the implementation of the NFVF objectives as per the NFVF Act No. 73 of 1997, while the CEO as appointed by the council, is responsible for the management of the affairs of the Council. These objectives are underpinned by the mandate to promote and develop the South African Film & Television industry.
Mr Mbalo has been the CEO of the NFVF since 2001 and has been credited with the delivery of unqualified audit reports since he started but also has been acknowledged for having built a stable and well-run institution within the Arts sector.
For his meticulous approach and development of industry, particularly in community areas the latter was the finalist in 2009 MTN Boss of the Year.
Achievements of the NFVF in the past decade include the adoption of the Value Charter at the Industry Indaba in 2005; international recognition of South African films through the Oscar award for Tsotsi; and the nominations for Yesterday and Hotel Rwanda; facilitating the signing of Co-Production treaties with Canada, Germany, Italy, UK, France and Australia; the promotion and utilization of Section 41 of the Constitution as well as the concomitant Intergovernmental Relations Act mobilizing spheres and organs of state involved in the film sector; and the initiation of the Sediba Script and Producer’s development programmes.
Tabling her annual report for the 2009/2010 the Minister said, we beseech the industry and the people of South Africa to jealously guard the independence of the NFVF and ensure that it carries out its mandate without fear or favour.
The NFVF Council has been under the chairmanship of Mme Charlotte Mampane for the past three years.