Buthelezi’s Vision Evident in Booming Film Industry

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 film here.


“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 Whitaker.



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.




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