NFVF Management

Chief Executive Officer: Zama Mkosi 

Zama profile photo Zama has been CEO of the NFVF since March 2012. She is an admitted attorney and practised media and entertainment law with Jacobson Rosin & Wright for five years. During this time she represented major record companies, recording artists and advised broadcasters such as SABC and eTV on diverse legal issues. As the senior legal advisor to the media and motion pictures business unit at the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), she was instrumental in closing deals on films such as Oscar winning Tsotsi and Hotel Rwanda.

Zama has also worked as an Executive Producer for Heartlines – a television series that addressed social issues in South Africa - where she created and led a media strategy across radio, television and print while driving production of all content. She was also an Executive Producer for the TV Series, Hopeville which was nominated for an Emmy Award for best TV Series.

Zama has served on various media boards including the Film Resource Unit (now defunct), the Audio Visual Training Institution, Heartlines and on the NFVF Council where she was the deputy chairperson from April to December 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Natal, majoring in media and entertainment and a Higher Diploma in Corporate Law from the University of Johannesburg. Zama is registered on the Roll of Non-Practising Attorneys of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces and is a member of the International Academy for the Emmy Awards. 

Chief Financial Officer: Vacant

Head of Policy & Research: Aifheli Makhwanya

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Aifheli has been heading the Policy & Research department since 2008. She joined the NFVF as a Policy & Legal Officer in 2006. She started her professional career with the communications regulator, ICASA as a researcher in the Broadcasting Policy Development Unit. 

She has conducted and contributed to research, policies and strategies in the cultural industries (film and broadcasting) in both her previous and current position. Her responsibility also includes negotiating film cooperation agreeements for the NFVF with local and international counterparts. She also serves on a number of government committees.

Aifheli is a Wits University law graduate with an undergraduate LLB degree and Master of Laws degree (Communication Law) and a certificate in business administration (Wits Business School). She has a postgraduate diploma in Drafting and Interpration of Contracts from the University of Johannesburg.

Head of Production & Development: Joy Mawela



Joy Mawela’s career in Film and TV commenced at Sithengi Film and TV market when she joined the market in 2001 as a Researcher and Festival programmer.  In 2006 she moved on to production working at the Urban Brew Studios as a production manager for 3Talk. Mawela then joined the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) later in 2006 as a project manager for SABC Africa, DTT and SABC 3.

She has served in the Gauteng Film Commission advisory committee from 2009 to 2011 and the NFVF Documentary panel in 2015.

Mawela holds a National Diploma in Library and Information Studies. In the past 10 years, she was responsible for Programming for both local and international content for the following SABC channels SABC 3, and DTT: SABC Entertainment. She has extensive experience in the areas of Production, Licensing, Distribution and Strategy in broadcasting.

Head of Corporate Services: Matlhodi Ngwenya

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Matlhodi started her career as a social worker at the Department of Health before becoming an HR Consultant for various companies in the tourism and mining sector.  She was headhunted to start the HR department at Brand SA (then International Marketing Council of South Africa). She later moved to the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) for the same position.

Matlhodi joined the National Film and Video Foundation in 2008 as the Head of HR and Centralised Services. She was tasked to set up the HR department from scratch and put processes in place, among others organisational design, job evaluation and remuneration frameworks. She was instrumental in the partnership with MICT Seta that saw the NFVF launching the inaugural internship programme in 2013. She is also the Ex Officio member of the NFVF Transformation Committee. 

Matlhodi holds a BA (SW) from the University of Limpopo, BA (Hons) Human Resources from University of Johannesburg and MAP from Wits Business School. She is currently completing her Masters in Public and Development Management at Wits University. She is also a member of the Institute of Personal Management (IPM).

Head of Marketing and Communications: Peter Kwele



Peter Kwele joined the NFVF in 2015 and is a dynamic corporate marketer with extensive experience in the retail, sales, and broadcast industries. He is an accomplished public speaker in the area of politics and has superb business presentation skills.

His experience has made him expert in broadcasting, production management of large scale sporting events, with a diverse background in finance and social development.  In the recent past, he was the General Manager: 2010 Project at the South African Broadcast Corporation (SABC) were he was responsible for developing  and facilitating the implementation of 2010 Project Office strategies, with regards to the following Project Areas; Technical and Technological, Sports, Marketing and Communications and Stakeholder Management.

He obtained a B.A. Honors Degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. He Majored in International Affairs with a Minor in Marketing and Economics.


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