CMFD maintains are relatively small full-time staff, all of whom come from a wide range of backgrounds and are representative of the diversity of the work we do.

Daniel Walter (Director)

Founder and Director of CMFD Productions, Daniel’s work in radio has taken him across the continent. Daniel specialises in audio production and media training, and has worked with diverse groups – including professional journalists, political spokespeople, rural women, and children  - to produce radio dramas, magazine and feature programmes, and music. A trumpet player, he also uses music to create high-impact media programmes. Originally from Canada, Daniel has lived in Africa for over a decade and works in English, Portuguese and French, as well as producing in African languages.

Deborah Walter (Director)

Founder and Director of CMFD Productions, Deborah Walter specialises in participatory communication and print media. As Director of CMFD, she has worked extensively throughout Southern Africa on projects using media and communication for diverse social issues, including women’s rights, HIV/AIDS, gender, children, migration, etc. She specialises in using participatory communication within a wide variety of media, including print, radio, music and theatre. Deborah also develops materials and edits content for several clients, including a gender-based news service and website focused on development communication.

Cindy Dzanya (Projects/ Administrative Assistant)

CindyCindy has worked with CMFD Productions since 2003, and her most recent capacity as projects/administrative assistant since 2007. Among many other project-related tasks, Cindy oversees CMFD’s website, writes content, produces audio and sfx, and coordinates monthly bookkeeping. Cindy has conducted research related to media, drama development, and migration in South Africa, and been involved various CMFD projects in multiple capacities. She did her secondary education in Zimbabwe at St Columba’s High school. Along with English, Cindy speaks in Shona, Ndebele, and IsiZulu.

Emilio Langa (Projects Assistant/ Sound Engineer)

Emilio first worked with CMFD as part of the Alertas da Vida youth group that produced radio spots to raise awareness around human trafficking in Mozambique, as well as a theatre production dealing with youth and reproductive health. He has since produced numerous CMFD radio productions – Trading Places: Food Security Awareness, Madjuba: Quest for the Talisman, Bravos do Zambeze, the Crossroads series, and many more, as well as on site recording and production, such as with the Passo a Passo Digital Story project. A talented sound engineer, photographer, and music producer, Emilio leads CMFDs production work.

Onyebuchi Onyejieke (Project Coordinator)

Onyebuchi Onyejieke is the project coordinator for Youth Fit Africa (YFA), and more recently also  a coordinator of other CMFD media projects, such as the Mozambique Flood Recovery Media Project, Learning to Read, and CMFD’s new Voice Bank initiative. Since YFA launched in May 2012, he has developed the YFA website content, hosted two successful promotional basketball tournaments, and made several media appearances to promote YFA, and youth fitness. He is an enthusiastic basketball player (small forward/ point guard) and coach, originally from Nigeria, currently studying to be a nurse.

Akhona Zibonti (Journalist)


Akhona first started working with CMFD as an intern and over time helped to come up with content for Youth Fit Africa, Write media and P.R content for CMFD, assist project coordinator with project related tasks ,i.e. research, Taking Pictures in drama auditions, and during recording, help with CMFD website. Akhona obtained her Diploma in Journalism at Rosebank Durban, and has always had interests in working in community media and development. This is her first time working in production; she had always thought her passions lay in print. CMFD has provided a learning ground for Akhona which she hopes in the near future her writing passion will take her to other unexpected and exciting heights for the betterment of communities.

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