NFVF Management

Acting Chief Executive Officer: Mr. Shadrack Bokaba

Shadrack Bokaba profile photo Acknowledged as one of South Africa’s leading administrators in the creative industry, Shadrack Bokaba is the Acting Chief Executive Officer at the National Film and Video Foundation where he also served as Member of Council.

Receiving his first violin lesson at age 12, Bokaba continued his studies with noted pedagogue Prof Walter Mony at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS).

Bokaba holds both the Associate and Licentiate diplomas in violin in Recital from Trinity College of Music, London. He also completed the Management Advancement Programme at the Graduate School of Business, WITS. He further obtained the Postgraduate Diploma in Management and Master of Business Administration, both from the Henley Business School, at the University of Reading in the UK. Bokaba is currently completing his Ph.D. in arts and cultural policies at WITS.

Bokaba is the former Managing Director of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, and former Chairperson of the Music Panel and member of Council at the National Arts Council of South Africa.

In 2004, he was named the Arts and Culture Administrator of the year at the Arts and Culture Trust’s Awards.

More recently, Bokaba was appointed resident Music Director and Conductor for Disney’s musical THE LION KING INTERNATIONAL TOUR, where he spent the early part of 2018 in Manila, the Philippines.

Chief Financial Officer: Ms. Mbali Buthelezi

Head of Industry Development and Promotion: 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.

Head of Operations: Ms. 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 legal 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.



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