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CMT Board

CMT’s Board of Directors is comprised of respected, seasoned advisers with a wealth of experience. They represent key areas of expertise such as health, finance and media production.

CMT is governed by its Board of Directors comprising of:


Funeka Bango

Dr Funeka Bango is a medical doctor with extensive experience in primary health care.  She was the Managing Director of Aid for AIDS, a managed care HIV programme.  Dr Bango is passionate about equity in access to healthcare with a particular focus on infectious diseases.  In 2012, she was recognized as one of the top 200 young South Africans for her contribution towards the fight against HIV. Dr Bango is currently working towards a PhD in Health economics.


Lucilla Blankenberg

Lucilla is the Co-Director of Community Media Trust.  She joined the organisation in 2001 as a transcriber and worked her way to her current role.  She is the series director of CMT’s flagship television series, Siyayinqoba and produces and directs most of CMT’s media, including two drama series for SABC1.  She has worked as an editor and producer on several documentaries and directed her own films such as A Country For My Daughter.  Her films have been screened on the SABC, BBC and at numerous festivals in South Africa and internationally.




Deena Bosch

Deena has been appointed Project Manager at Black Sash in August 2014 and has previously worked as a senior staff member at the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC).  Deena has also served as a Director of Ditikeni Investment Company Limited since February 2013.  She is representing the firm on the Board of HWB Communications and serves as a Member of the Board of Social Change Assistance.





Allen Carelse

Allen is a Chartered Accountant (SA) who has 18 years’ experience in a broad range of finance functions.  He has held senior financial roles at multi-national giants Philip Morris International and SAB Miller.  He is also a passionate entrepreneur and is involved in a number of business ventures including being a partner in an accounting practice offering outsourced accounting services to businesses of all sizes as well as non-profit organisations.



Dikeledi Mosime

Dikeledi is an experienced businesswoman and entrepreneur who runs her own company.  She has a degree in Economics and Political Science, and a MBA.  Dikeledi is passionate about inspirational leadership and teaching self-development.  She is the founder of Green Coaching Networks, a not-for-profit organization focusing on coaching and teaching life skills to graduates who are new to the corporate world.  She sees this as the opportunity to reinvest in society.




Nisha Naidoo

Nisha has more than 20 years’ experience in the local and international film and television industries.  Nisha has a MBA Degree from Manchester Business School in the UK, with a specialisation in the Business of Entertainment from the School of Cinematic Arts and Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, where she studied film financing, distribution, marketing, new technologies and agenting with Hollywood studio and industry professionals. She also has a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Film and Video Production from York University in Toronto, Canada.


Anine Pheiffer

Anine is a Chartered Accountant and has 10 years of Petroleum industry experience. Although her core technical competence is focused on Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Taxation and Auditing/Compliance, she has worked across various departments throughout the fuels value chain and now holds the position of General Manager Sales and Marketing Support at Chevron South Africa.


CMT is managed by its two Co-Directors – Lucilla Blankenberg and Debbie Van Zyl.

Lucilla BlankenbergLucilla Blankenberg: Lucilla received her BA in Communications in 1999 from UNISA and has been working at CMT since 2001. She was appointed Director in 2012. She is the director of the award-winning A Country for My Daughter and has developed and worked on multiple health educational media campaigns about HIV and AIDS, TB, gender based violence, NCD, MMC, breastfeeding and teenage pregnancy. She is the Co-Director of Amaza, a drama series aired on SABC 1 in 2014 and of JAB, a drama series filmed in 2015.

Debbie van Zyl: Debbie holds a Master of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science. She joined CMT in 2008, contributing her epidemiological and public health skills to the media and campaigns developed and implemented by Community Media Trust. Debbie heads up CMT’s Outreach programmes and was appointed Co-Director of CMT in 2014.

Lucilla and Debbie are supported by:

  • Jane Dearman: Finance Manager
  • Carmelita Petersen: Human Resources Manager
  • Jonathan Cockburn: Outreach Programmes Manager
  • Linelle Smith: Media Programmes Manager
  • Laddie Bosch:  Post Production Manager
  • Shelley Scheepers:  Compliance Manager
  • Deliwe Mankgane: M & E Manager
  • Lerato Maloka: KwaZulu-Natal Regional Coordinator
  • Thabisile Dlamini:  Gauteng Regional Coordinator
  • Nandipha Mehlomakulu:  Ethekwini Coordinator
  • Emma Chikovore:  Migrant Girls Coordinator Ethekwini
  • Melissa Phera:  Campaign Manager



There are currently no vacancies available.

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