Thobela Mayinje

Thobela Mayinje is the Acting Chief Executive Officer (ACEO) at the NFVF.

Mayinje has worked as an HR Generalist for over 14 years in various sectors including FMCG, construction and government. Mayinje’s areas of expertise include Human Resource strategy formulation, building sustainable work cultures and providing effective people management support to other business units.

Mayinje has positioned herself as a change management agent, and this is evident through some of the initiatives she implemented which include putting measures in place in response to employee wellbeing during the Covid-19 era and her progressive response to developing and implementing a remote working policy.

Mayinje is currently completing her Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management and has completed her Management Advancement Programme (MAP) qualification from Wits Business School (WBS). Mayinje holds a BTech Degree in Human Resources Management from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU). Mayinje also holds various certificates in Finance for non-Financial Managers; Project Management; Payroll Management; Skills Development and Employment Equity. Mayinje is also a professional member of the Institute of People Management (IPM).


Peter Makaneta

Peter Makaneta is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the NFVF.

Makaneta started his auditing profession at the office of the Auditor-General in 1999. He later joined SARS in 2003 as a Senior Auditor and occupied this post until 2005 when he was head-hunted to work at Xabiso Chartered Accountants as a Senior Manager. He later joined Deloitte Business Risk as an Enterprise Risk Manager.

In 2007, Makaneta was recruited by the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA) to run the Internal Audit Unit as its Chief Audit Executive. After he set-up the internal audit unit, he left to join the Business Risk Management unit of MTN in 2008 as the Senior Internal Auditor. In 2010 he joined the South African Human Rights Commission as its Chief Audit Executive responsible for the internal audit function. In 2012 he was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer of the SAHRC until 2019.

Before joining the NFVF, Makaneta was appointed as the CFO of the Financial and Fiscal Commission until 2021. He also served as a Part-Time Lecturer at TuT, lecturing Auditing. Makaneta holds a Master of Business Leadership degree from Unisa, Honours BCom (Accounting) and BCom. He is a Certified Internal Auditor by profession.

Department focus areas: Finance; Supply Chain Management; Auditing; Accounting

Yolanda Ncokotwana

Yolanda Ncokotwana is the Head of Department (HOD): Industry Development at the NFVF.

Ncokotwana is a TV and film professional. Her experience spans across live productions, documentaries, and scripted content. She began her television career in broadcasting where she worked her way up from the production department to becoming a Commissioning Editor. As a story consultant, she has worked on over 30 titles including multiple award-winning films. As a Development and Production Manager she was responsible for overseeing funding on documentary projects like Buddha in Africa, The Sound of Mask, Skulls of my People, How to Steal a Country, Influence, etc. Ncokotwana is responsible for managing the co-development incentives and has recently spearheaded the Netherland/SA co-development fund and the NFVF/Netflix coproduction initiative.

Ncokotwana is a solid Project Manager who has organised finance forums on behalf of the NFVF and has previously been part of a team that led SABC content strategies for various flagship programmes and international sporting events such as the 2014 FIFA, World Cup, the 2015 Cricket World Cup, 2011/2015 Rugby World Cup and the 2016 RIO Olympic Games.

Ncokotwana holds a BTech degree in Film & Television Production from the Tshwane University of Technology and is currently pursuing a BA in Creative Writing. She has done short courses in Project Management and Customer Service and is an alumnus of the Sediba Producers’ Programme and has participated in many panels locally and internationally including Berlinale and Cannes.

Department focus areas: Production & Development Funding; Fiction, Non-Fiction, Animation & Documentary; Skills Development & Training Funding; Co-Production Funding

Onke Dumeko

Onke Dumeko is the Head of Department (HOD): Operations at the NFVF.

Armed with more than 10 years’ experience in FMCG, retail, media, publishing and the public sector, Dumeko has cemented her valuable contribution made within diverse industries, as reflected in her uniquely eclectic experience.

As a multi award-winning media maven, her strategic approach to marketing, communications, publishing, partnerships, and production has culminated in her success to-date in her career at organisations such as Colgate Palmolive, Brand South Africa, African Sales, Ndalo Media and The Barleader TV where she serves as the founding editor of the film & tv archive platform, thebar. Magazine. As such, her accolades include being listed in the 2017 Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans and receiving the 2018 Gauteng Government Film & Media Excellence Award.

As a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, Dumeko holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Economic Science and Marketing and an Honours degree in Marketing from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Aligned with her passion for production and content, she has been serving as the Partnerships & Distribution Manager at the National Film & Video Foundation since January 2021 and was recently appointed as the Head Of Department: Operations.

Department focus areas: Marketing & Distribution Funding, Marketing & Communications, Events, Partnerships, Research, Legal, Policy & Compliance.