SOUTH AFRICAN GOVT SETS UP FUND TO HELP BLACK FILMMAKERS

CAPE TOWN, — The South African government has established the Black Emerging Filmmakers Fund which aims to assist in bridging the inequality gap for filmmakers in South Africa, says President Jacob Zuma.

He told the National Assembly here that in the next few months, the Department of Trade and Industry would bring two Bills — the Protection of Intellectual Property Bill and the Performer’s Rights Protection Bill — to parliament.

These Bills will, among other objectives, improve royalty collection, promote fair compensation for the re-use of works and regulate local content.

He said the government was also working closely with the National Film and Video Foundation to ensure that better structures and systems were put in place to make the South African film industry a global competitor.

“The long-standing dispute on needle time payment for musicians has finally been resolved. The task team has met with the various collecting societies together with the SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporatation), to develop a process that will lead to the full payment of all outstanding monies to the relevant beneficiaries,” added Zuma.

SOURCE: NAM NEWS NETWORK