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Wednesday, March 18, 2015


The cultural and creative industries will vote for their leadership in the Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa elective conference. The CCIs will elect officers and board members to serve in the executive of the Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA).

The historic elective conference will see a first for South Africa – a federation that will enjoy decision-making and bargaining powers in the issues that affect the cultural and creative industries the most.

The idea of forming CCIFSA originates from the 2009 meeting that President Jacob Zuma held with cultural and creative industry practitioners. Subsequent developments stemming from that meeting led to the Department of Arts and Culture forming two major task teams; the Music Industry, and the Local Content Development Task Teams.

These teams went on to commission the framework of a federation to represent the 12 sectors and 45 sub-sectors that make up the creative and cultural industry. It is out of this framework that the CCIFSA CI was formulated as an interim committee appointed to coordinate consultations across all cultural and creative industries in all provinces in preparation for the hosting of the upcoming elective conference. It is at this conference, set for March 23 and 24, 2015, where office bearers will be elected.

CCFISA will exert tangible influence over the notoriously fragmented and unregulated sector, and will seek to influence and, in some instances, author conversations around new policy issues such as tax structures affecting art practitioners, mandating the levels of local content on TV or radio, labour issues around those employed in the industry, and the administration of royalties or syndication fees.

The elective conference will take place in Bloemfontein, Free State, on March 23 and 24, 2015. A delegation of over 1,000 participants representing registered organisations operating in the cultural and creative industries, prominent industry role players seconded by the Department of Arts and Culture’s national and provincial offices, and representatives from sector organisations and formations from all the provinces will choose CCIFSA’s headship. Participating sectors include: cultural and natural heritage, visual arts and crafts, language and publishing, audio-visual and interactive media, design and creative services, and performance and celebration. There are 36 subsectors that will be represented under these six cultural and creative sectors.

It is estimated that a total of 940 CCIs representatives will formulate a memorandum of incorporation and also nominate representatives from their sector who will sit in the CCIFSA General Council, the highest decision-making committee at the conference.

It is envisaged that the General Council will elect (through a process of nominations and a secret ballot vote) a new board which will replace the current interim board. Current directors of CCIFSA will resign to allow the industry-elected directors to take over the administration of the federation.

The executive of the CCIFSA board will comprise the president and a deputy, and 11 other officers, making a total of 13 board members. Sectorial and gender preference will ensure a dynamic CCIFSA board.

“The election of the CCIFSA board will be an inclusive and transparent undertaking to ensure buy-in from all stakeholders within the cultural and creative industries. We want to give the federation the best possible start by electing a strong leadership,” says CCIFSA’s interim spokesperson Sipho Dlamini.

The new CCIFSA board will be announced at the closing of the elective conference and will begin its duty with immediate effect.

For registration and media accreditation for the CCIFSA elective conference contact Tebogo Eustace on 061 768 8119 or email:

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