In South Africa, the City of Cape Town has placed a freeze on all Safety and Security tariffs for filming within the city as of 1 July 2022. The taxes include the cost of Traffic Services, Metro Police and Law Enforcement. Parking tariffs will, however, remain.
The City’s Mayoral Committee member for safety and security, JP Smith, said, “Covid-19 and the subsequent restrictions have severely impacted the film industry. The City intends to support this industry, which creates employment across a broad cross-section of the local economy. We believe that, no matter how insignificant they may be perceived, the freezing of tariffs after the 2020 lockdown contributed to getting the industry back on its feet and into a recovery phase. We believe that by assisting the industry to reduce the costs of filming, we can contribute towards the industry getting back on its feet again.”
According to industry reports, the local film industry has seen hope in the 2021/2022 financial year.
A review of Film Permit Office records reveals the number of permits issued has already surpassed the previous financial year. In the first nine months of the last financial year (July 2021 – March 2022), the office issued 3,948 permits.
“What’s more encouraging is that during July 2021 – March 2022, the Film Permit Office received more than 7,000 permit applications, and some of these were during the worst Covid restrictions. While some of these did not result in a permit, this shows that filmmakers and international clients are still interested in filming in Cape Town,” mentioned Smith.
Smith highlighted that international productions such as The Woman King, Venus Flytrap, Project Panda, Warrior, BBC’s Noughts and Crosses, Around the World in 80 Days, Boy Kills World and Raised by Wolves have called Cape Town home during this period.
In addition, local productions such as Netflix’s Blood and Water, Arendsvlei, Shaka Zulu, Projek Dina and Recipes for Love and Murder were also among those to receive permits from the Film Permit Office during the 2021/2022 financial year.