Makhosazana Khanyile 





Mbali Buthelezi










Mbali Buthelezi is a seasoned finance professional who holds a BCom Accounting Honours degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Certified Internal Auditor. Her career spans over 17 years, predominantly spent at the Auditor General of South Africa (AGSA), where she held various roles and ultimately progressed to senior management.

During her tenure at the Auditor General of South Africa, Mbali’s commitment was not only towards cultivating a culture of accountability within the public sector, but it extended to contributing towards an inclusive future for South African finance professionals. She was instrumental in the transformation programme targeted at high school students that are interested in entering the financial sector. The programme and success of the learners remain close to her heart.

Her excellence saw Mbali’s selection into a special task team that worked on the United Nations (UN)’s audit. This awarded her an opportunity to work with the best international finance professionals for best practice sharing.




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 on 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.



Unathi Malunga


A Fulbright scholar with an LLM from UCLA, Unathi’s work has been in the creative industries (she has worked as an Entertainment Lawyer then as a Creative Industries Consultant) and has spanned across a variety of platforms and territories leading to a full understanding of various media platforms and their most effective uses. Having moved from Deneys Reitz (now Norton Rose Fulbright) her work has not only covered the whole gambit of the creative and content industries: film, television broadcasting, music, visual arts, publishing (including web), theatre, dance, live events, sport etc., but has further incorporated many diverse aspects such as education, sponsorship funding, rights strategies, trade exchanges, licensing programmes, product placement, drafting, negotiation and project management. She has, moreover, been involved in running Legacy Programmes – structured training and learning project-specific programmes for the disadvantaged.

Whether she is speaking at a World Intellectual Property Organisation’s (WIPO) Seminar, or rendering commercial or production legals for the African Union, AFCON or 2010 FIFA World Cup Ceremonies, working on the Lion King Theatrical or international co-productions motion pictures such as Blood Diamond, she displayed her diverse skills and expertise.

Unathi’s experience in diplomatically negotiating international agreements, promoting South Africa has provided her with an ability to understand, respect the practices, customs and values of other individuals and cultures as well as the ability to see diversity as beneficial to any relationship and organisation.

As Head of Operations Unathi will develop the NFVF’s overall operations strategy; oversee the implementation of the strategy for the department, with special emphasis on Human Resources, Compliance and Research, Quality Assurance, IT and Auxiliary Services and Facilities management of the NFVF

Annecy Student Mentorship Programme
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Zanzibar Student Mentorship Programme
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