WGSA bids farewell to longstanding Executive Officer
As announced at the 2016 WGSA Muse Awards, from the 17th of February 2017, Thea Aboud will no longer be the Executive Officer of the WGSA. After seven years of loyal service, Thea is starting a new chapter in her life.
“From the time she joined the WGSA as administrator then Executive Officer, Thea has supported, helped and been an amazing tower of strength and support to all writers who have interacted with the guild. She helped members, council members and WGSA chairpersons to grow the WGSA from 5 members to the 400 members it has today, from the tiny Westdene lounge to the only industry organisation that has its own dedicated office space and EO (Executive Officer), from a dream to a full member of the International affiliation of Writers’ Guilds. Thank you from all the Chairs, council members and members of the WGSA”,
Thandi Brewer, founding chairperson of the WGSA.
Please join the WGSA in wishing Thea the best of luck with her future endeavors.
In the interim the position of WGSA administrator has been filled by co-opted council member and former WGSA treasurer Yolanda Keabetswe Mogatusi. Yolanda is an independent writer, actress, director and producer with 10 years industry experience. She has served the WGSA council for a number of years partaking in projects such as heading up the training workshops in Soweto and other professional development programs within the guild as well as serving on the committee of the inaugural WGSA Muse Awards. The WGSA council is confident that Yolanda has the guild’s best interests at heart and is the right person to be at the helm of the hand-over process. At the moment, the WGSA is in the process of recruiting a suitably qualified permanent Executive Officer.
Needless to say, the WGSA is still a young organisation that needs to be nurtured very carefully. Like most organisations that are striving to be truly representative of the South Africa we live in, the WGSA has had some ‘teething problems’ during its seven years of existence. Fortunately, the WGSA has been built on a firm foundation; this is why it is constantly evolving and improving for the better. With your continuous support, the WGSA continues to adhere to its mandate to protect, empower and develop performance writers in the local film, television, radio, stage, animation and new media (internet – mobile and digital distribution, and gaming) industries.
The WGSA would like to urge all members who are interested in contributing towards its growth and development to volunteer their time and services by agreeing to stand for council should they be nominated. There is strength in unity; together we can make a tangible difference in the lives of the performance writers of this country. The WGSA AGM will take place on the 25th of March.
Yolanda Keabetswe Mogatusi
Writers’ Guild of South Africa
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