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19 December 2009

DVD Nouveau Stellenbosch

Dear All

The DVD Nouveau shop in Stellenbosch would like to add some local documentaries to their shelves. They have a great selection of some of films seen at Encounters & other Documentary festivals but mostly overseas product.

Should you have any documentaries that you would like to make available, please contact Werner or Hannes on 021-883 2331 or ''

Check out their website by clicking HERE.


According to "The Intercom," SABC's internal communication - the new GCEO of the SABC has been announced as follows:

Johannesburg, 15 December 2009 -In line with the stated objectives to fill key vacant positions, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) today announces the appointment of Mr. Solly Mokoetle as the corporation’s Group Chief Executive Officer effective from 1st January 2010 for a five year period.

The previous SABC Board commenced the process of appointing a GCEO and short listed candidates for the position. For the sake of transparency the Interim Board of the SABC reopened the process by re-advertising the vacancy and extending the deadline for applications.
In line with the Articles of Association of the SABC, the Interim Board recommended Mr. Mokoetle to the Minister of Communications, General Siphiwe Nyanda, following an intensive interviewing process.

“The Interim Board is happy that this matter has been brought to finality since one of the main objectives of the Interim Board was to fill the key vacant positions in order to stabilise the corporation. The appointment of GCEO will go a long way in moving the organization forward.” said Ms. Irene Charnley, the Chairperson of the SABC Interim Board.

“The decision to appoint Mr. Mokoetle was based on his experience and a proven track record during the time the SABC was profitable, making him the most suitable candidate. The board is confident that his appointment will provide the required leadership to turn around the SABC while maintaining public broadcasting mandate” said Ms. Charnley.

Mr. Mokoetle is no newcomer to the SABC having served the corporation for twelve years. He started working at the SABC in 1994 as one of the team of executives who were assigned to transform the SABC from the state broadcaster to a true national public broadcaster. He also performed various leadership functions within the radio and television services and ended up as COO from 2001 until December 2006.

Media Enquiries
Kaizer Kganyago
SABC Spokesman
082 306 8888

New Board of the SABC

The President of the Republic, Mr Jacob Zuma today, in terms of section 13(1) of the Broadcasting Act 44 of 1999 (the Act) appointed, with effect from 10 January 2010, twelve non-executive members of the Board of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) as recommended by the National Assembly.
These are:

* Mr Cedric Sabelo Gina
* Ms Phillipa “Pippa” Green
* Mr Peter John Harris
* Ms Barbara Masekela
* Mr Magathe Mello
* Mr Nkotomane Motsepe
* Dr Baldwin “Ben’’ Ngubane
* Mr David Niddrie
* Ms Claire O’Neil
* Ms Felleng Sekha
* Ms Suzanne Vos
* Mr Desmond Golding

In terms of section 13(3) of the Act, the President has designated Dr Ben Ngubane as Chairperson of the Board and Ms Felleng Sekha as Deputy Chairperson of the SABC Board.
Dr Ngubane, a highly regarded former Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology and former South African ambassador to Japan, will bring the necessary expertise and depth of experience required in a weighty position of this nature.
Ms Sekha brings extensive experience in the broadcasting and telecommunications sectors, having served in various positions, including as chairperson of the Independent Broadcasting Authority and the National Telecommunications Forum. She was also actively involved in the Telecommunications Policy process leading to the enactment of the South African Telecommunications Act of 1996, which will assist the board in this era of convergence between telecommunications and broadcasting.
The President thanks Ms Irene Charnely and the entire interim Board for the excellent manner in which they have steered the SABC forward under challenging conditions, bringing about stability.
The President wishes the new Board members well in their task of strengthening the public broadcaster and to build an SABC that will efficiently and effectively execute the mandate of informing, educating and entertaining citizens and the world.

GFC arrangements for December / Jan

GFC arrangements for December / Jan:

Dear Industry Partners -

Kindly note that the GFC will be closing on the 18th of December 2009 and we will open again on the 4th of January 2010. All shoots taking place between 14 December 2009 and 11 January 2010 are requested to submit their permit applications to Rochelle Roscoe by no later than the 17th of December 2009. Note that we will not be able to assist with permit applications between 18 Dec – 10 January 2010 so it is essential that permit applications are submitted prior to our office closing.
For all location enquiries the industry can contact myself directly preferably by e-mail but they can also get hold of me on my cell at 083 455 9688.

We also would like to remind the industry that many of our location partners will be closing offices/ running on skeleton staff during the festive period, so urge all companies to confirm shoots as soon as possible. As the GFC will be on skeleton staff we unfortunately cannot guarantee that we will be able to assist with pitches and location enquiries during this period.
Key contacts are as follows:

December 2009:

Emergencies: Tumi Ntshingila: +27 (0) 83 447 7011 and
Permit applications: Rochelle Roscoe: +27 (0)11 833 0409 and
Location enquiries: Jacques Stoltz: +27 (0) 083 455 9688 and

From 11 January 2010:

Emergencies: Jacques Stoltz: +27 (0) 083 455 9688 and
Permit applications: Puisano Phatoli: +27 (0)11 833 0409 and
Location enquiries: Puisano Phatoli: +27 (0)11 833 0409 and
Should you need to get hold of Metro Police during this period the contacts are as follows:
Johannesburg Metro Police Department: Contact Gugu or Sibongile at 011 490 1587, fax: 011 490 1864 or
Tshwane Metro Police Department: Wynand at 012 358 6470, Fax: 086 624 0827 and e-mail WynandSc@TSHWANE.GOV.ZA
Mogale Metro Police Department: Elmarie at (011) 951 2000 and'
Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department: Tel: 011 999 8659 and Fax: 086 660 4435

Wishing you a happy and safe festive season.

Kind regards,

Jacques Stoltz
Senior Marketing Manager
Gauteng Film Commission
56 Main Street, Johannesburg, 2108, South Africa
P.O. Box 61601, Marshalltown, 2107
Tel: +27 (0) 11 833 0409
Fax: +27 (0) 11 833 0282 / (0) 86 505 5773
Cell: +27 (0) 83 455 9688



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