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Film shoots get green light as SAPS commit to respecting permits issued<p>​Before the matter could be heard the State Attorney representing the National Minister of Police approached our legal team with the following settlement proposal:</p><p>1. The Minister of Police confirms that the City of Cape Town is not precluded from issuing permits in terms of the Filming By-Law promulgated on 24 June 2005, subject to section 2(1) of the By-Law.  </p><p>2. The Minister of Police confirms that M and M Images CC trading as Red Petal Productions, and any other film production company issued with a valid permit by the City of Cape Town, can continue with their film shoot activities in terms of the permit issued to them by the City of Cape Town, without fear of unlawful interference by any member of the South African Police. </p><p>3. The City withdraws its application and each parties pay its own cost. </p><p>Dan Plato, Executive Mayor of Cape Town, said, ‘I welcome the outcome of this matter and am grateful that justice is being upheld. I have written to President Ramaphosa requesting his response on the unlawful conduct of Minister Cele. The matter has also been referred to Parliament’s Ethics Committee as Minister Cele’s behaviour was highly problematic and must be addressed. Cape Town is a film friendly city and we have made our city an enabling environment for local and international film crews who love to visit our shores. Cape Town has some of the best creative talent in the world, which is why we continue to be a destination of choice for international and local production companies. I am pleased that this outcome will give peace of mind to the many film crews who work in our beautiful city.’</p><p>Alderman JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security said, ‘The City of Cape Town would also like to reiterate that all film sets and other production workspaces within the metro are bound by strict COVID-19 protocols as contained in the Film Permit Office’s Standard Operating Procedures. The film shoot on Sunday had clearly put measures in place that observed strict Covid-19 protocols. I am grateful that we were able to resolve this matter so quickly and ensure that the film industry can get back to business without delay. The City currently has seven other film productions permitted to shoot on our beaches and this development also protects them from any interference from SAPS. </p><p>It is now vital to ensure that this industry, which has suffered immense loses due to the pandemic and subsequent lockdown, be allowed to work towards recovery during its busiest time of the year without any impediments.’</p><p>In order for a permit to be granted, production companies have to ensure that: <br> • A COVID-19 Compliance Officer is employed to enforce health and safety protocols <br>• Number of people on set should not exceed 75 people as directed by the Arts and Culture Minister<br>• Regular disinfection of production sets/workspaces before and after filming<br>• All crew and cast are provided 2 compliant masks or face shields to be worn at all times on set. </p><p>More on these protocols at <a href=""></a></p>2020-12-17T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#550cea01-5fec-45fb-8509-f49cfc36c0e0;L0|#0550cea01-5fec-45fb-8509-f49cfc36c0e0|Safety;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb10

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