28 July 2014.
“Opening our doors to the international film industry was one of
the best decisions I made as Minister of Home Affairs in the
first decade of democracy,” said Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP,
President of the IFP.
Speaking to American Producer, Mr Milan Selassie, during a visit
to a film set in Cape Town, Prince Buthelezi recounted how,
under his leadership, the Department of Home Affairs crafted
legislation to ease the entry of foreign camera crews and actors
into South Africa.
“South Africa was already pegged as a prime location for films
and advertisements, but it was difficult and time consuming to
get the right people to the right place at the right time.
Immigration regulations made that a nightmare. We therefore did
what it took to open our country’s doors, for the sake of all
that this could bring, including tourism, marketing, investment,
training and skills transfer,” explained Prince Buthelezi.
Watching the crew of young South African trainees on the set of
“Back to School Mom” assured Prince Buthelezi that our own
talent is benefitting from international producers choosing to
“Back to School Mom”, which was on its last day of shooting when
the Prince visited, is a movie about a 41 year old woman who
goes back to college to finish up her last year of school. While
there, she becomes good friends with a classmate, who turns out
to be the son she gave up 20 years earlier.
Having met Prince Buthelezi in Johannesburg, Mr Selassie invited
him on set in Cape Town to meet the Director, Mr Christopher
Erskin, and the two leads, Ms Kimberly Elise and Mr Denzel
Photo 1 (from left to right): Director Christopher Erskin, lead actress
Kimberly Elise, Prince Buthelezi, lead actor Denzel Whitaker,
and Producer Milan Selassie.
Photo 2 (left to right): Milan Selassie, Richard Tshimanga, Elelwani
Netshihire, Nkosinathi Qwayi, Bruce Malala, Prince Buthelezi,
Anga Dekeni, Ayanda Ngcozana, Ndyebo Sibam, Caro-Lee America,
and Solomon Menkerios.
Ms Liezl van der Merwe MP
082 729 2570