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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
 
CENSORSHIP
  • Freedom of expression is guaranteed by the South African constitution.

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WORK PERMITS/VISAS
  • Film production people and photographic models who intend to shoot films and/or commercials in South Africa require visas to enter the country. 
  • For further instructions, kindly contact our Visa Representative directly at Tel#: (323) 651-0902 Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon or e-mail us at alarconm@foreign.gov.za (last name starts with letter A to L) or makenaa@foreign.gov.za (last name starts with letter M to Z).

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EQUIPMENT
  • South Africa's rental companies stock Panaflex camera systems as well as movie cams. All accessories are available and fully supported.

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LABS
  • South Africa has latest technology labs in both Cape Town and Johannesburg where processing of 35/16mm is done. Complete digital transfer and film and video post production facilities are available.

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BANKS/FINACIAL SERVICES
  • Developed world standard with wide ATM network and credit card facilities.

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TAXES
  • Value Added Tax (VAT) of 14 percent is payable on purchases, but can be claimed back.

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RATES
  • The following serves as an indicator of the fees payable to South African crews:
Production Manager $725 to $1,300 per week
Production Assistance $175 to $260 per week
Camera Operator $780 to $1,600 per week
Helicopter Rental - Jet Ranger $515 per hour

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UNIONS
  • Union activity in the industry is low-key.

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INCENTIVES

FILM AND TELEVISION PRODUCTION INCENTIVE


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SHOOTING PERMITS
  • On private property:
  • Arranged with owners
  • On public property:
  • Only required in the large cities and can be easily arranged by numerous service companies.
  • National Wildlife Reserves. Apply to the National Parks Board at:

National Parks Board
PO Box 787
Pretoria 0001
Republic of South Africa
Tel#: (011-27-12) 343-1991
Fax#: (011-27-12) 343-0905

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STUDIOS

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IMPORTING EQUIPMENT
  • Equipment to be used by foreign crews should be declared at the point of entry where a form is completed declaring that the equipment will be taken out of the country after completion of the project. Valuation documentation of the equipment should be attached.

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CO-PRODUCTIONS
  • South African production companies enter into co-production arrangements with international producers on a regular basis. Such arrangements are popular due to the professional services provided by the South African industry.

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TRAVELLING TO SOUTH AFRICA
  • Daily direct flights from New York or Atlanta. Alternatively, connect over most European capitals.

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ROADS
  • Highly developed

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COMMUNICATION
  • Internet
  • Highly developed telephone and cellular phone network.

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TIME ZONE
  • European time (nine hours ahead of PST).

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Cyril Ndaba
Consul-General
 
 
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