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06 October 2010

Eddie Mbalo Retires as NFVF CEO

The Department of Arts and Culture has formally advertised for the nomination of members to serve on the Council of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF).

The announcement appeared on weekend newspapers, the Sunday Times and City Press on 03 October 2010. The term of the current Council will end on the 31 January 2011.

Following an NFVF Council meeting held on 02 September 2010, the NFVF would also like to announce that its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Eddie Mbalo will retire from his position at the end of the financial year on the 31 March 2011. Mr Mbalo has been the CEO of the NFVF since 2001 and has been credited with the delivery of unqualified audit reports since he launched the institution. He has also been acknowledged for having built the most stable and well-run institution within the Arts sector. The NFVF council has been under the chairmanship of Mrs. Charlotte Mampane for the past three years. As the current Council was appointed in 2007, its term of office should have ended in June 2010.

The NFVF council is appointed by the Minister of Arts and Culture to oversee the implementation of the NFVF objectives, while the CEO is responsible for the management of the affairs of the Council, with the objectives of the NFVF being the primary concern. These objectives include creating an environment that develops and promotes the South African Film industry locally and internationally and to address the historical imbalances in the infrastructure and distribution of skills and resources.

At the above mentioned Council meeting, the NFVF presented its 2009/2010 annual report and noted with acknowledgement how stable the foundation has been under its leadership and the stewardship of Eddie Mbalo. The fact that the foundation continues to serve the film industry with limited resources, empowers its employees providing them opportunities to undertake development programmes, speaks volumes. The NFVF employees' satisfaction did not go unnoticed in 2009 when they nominated their CEO Mr. Eddie Mbalo for the MTN Boss of the Year. Mr. Mbalo was one of the 6 finalists from over 300 nominees countrywide.

In the 2009/2010 annual reports, the Minister of Arts and Culture Ms Lulu Xingwana expresses appreciation for the role the NFVF has played throughout the years. "Having reached the 10th anniversary milestone, it’s opportune that we conduct an impact assessment that will look at a number of issues pertinent to the growth and development of the industry," says Minister Lulu Xingwana.

Through the support and the sentiments of the Minister, the NFVF continues to serve the film industry and ensure the global growth of the sector.

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