(Bloemfontein, 26 March 2015) The Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA) is pleased to announce today that the inaugural council, board and administrative structures have been elected by the delegates of CCIFSA’s Consultative and Elective conference.
The new office bearers were voted in through a highly contested run at a historical CCIFSA elective conference that was held on 23 and 24 March, 2015 in Bloemfontein. The elections were overseen by the Independent Electoral Commission.
The new CCIFSA board includes practitioners, arts activists, administrators and leaders from various sectors in the cultural and creative industries. The federation’s inaugural president is arts activist, critically acclaimed actor and producer Tony Kgoroge who was nominated after a vigorous ballot vote.
“We have much work ahead of us and the creation of CCIFSA is a pronounced step in the right direction. The organising of the sectors is our priority as a new board. Without healthy and functioning sectors, we have no CCIFSA. Our immediate plan is to come up with programmes and influence policies that will continue to protect and develop the creative industries and assist the sectors to grow economically and otherwise,” says Kgoroge.
His office is deputised by prolific and legendary South African musician Gezani Kobane, famously known by his stage name Penny Penny. Phemelo Sediti serves as general secretary, deputised by Zwelibanzi Ndakane. Dodo Moses Monamodi is the treasurer general and Andrea Dondolo the national coordinator.
Sectorial office bearers include: Benjamin Mfaba – Indigenous Wisdom; Professor Cosbie Mbele – Language and Publishing; Mamela Nyamela – Performing Arts; David Dale – Audio Visual; Nkosazana Machete – Cultural and Natural Heritage; Windy Mthembu – Education and Training; and Sheryl Msomi – Visual Arts and Crafts.
It is the first time in South Africa’s history that the creative sector will be represented by a single body. CCIFSA will enjoy decision-making and bargaining powers in the issues that affect the cultural and creative industries the most. CCFISA will exert tangible influence over the notoriously fragmented and unregulated sector, and will seek to influence and, in some instances, author conversations around new policy issues such as tax structures affecting art practitioners, mandating the levels of local content on TV or radio, labour issues affecting the industry, and the administration of royalties or syndication fees. The federation counts the Department of Art and Culture as one of its strategic stakeholders and partners.
The new office bearers were installed as of 25 March, 2015 and will serve a four-year term.
· The idea of forming CCIFSA originates from the 2009 meeting that President Jacob Zuma held with cultural and creative industry practitioners. Subsequent developments stemming from that meeting led to the Department of Arts and Culture forming two major task teams; the Music Industry, and the Local Content Development Task Teams.
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