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southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that persons engaged in the film and television industry are worried that proposed legislation to recognise them as employees and not contractors will make SA less attractive as a film location.  

Labour and employment minister Thulas Nxesi published his intention in the Government Gazette of 11 December 2019 to deem those working in the sector as employees rather than contractors, in order for them to benefit from the Labour Relations Act.  Should the contractors be deemed employees they will be entitled to annual leave and pay, sick leave, maternity leave and severance pay, among other benefits.  The minister gave interested parties 60 days to submit written contributions.  But, the Association of Crew Agents of SA (Acasa) argues that should the changes be implemented they would lessen the country’s attractiveness as a filming destination and only benefit the SA Revenue Service (Sars) through more tax.  The investors will have to pay more in the form of taxes, pensions and other benefits, making SA a more expensive film location.  SA has in recent years become a popular destination for international filmmakers for offering an affordable alternative.  However, the welfare of SA actors has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, culminating in veteran actress Vatiswa Ndara writing an open letter to arts and culture minister Nathi Mthethwa in October 2019 bemoaning exploitive practices in the industry.  Several actors rallied behind her, calling for an overhaul of the industry.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Luyolo Mkentane at BusinessLive

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