The South African province of KwaZulu-Natal is enticing, spectacular and a fascinating multi-cultural showpiece destination. Flanked by the warm Indian Ocean and soaring peaks, it is an ideal location for filming.
Also known as the Garden Province, KwaZulu-Natal has two natural areas: The iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, which have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Located in the southeast of the country, the province has a long shoreline on the Indian Ocean. It borders three other provinces and the countries of Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho. Its capital is Pietermaritzburg and its largest city is Durban.
KwaZulu-Natal is bestowed with mountainous locations adorned with Stone Age cave paintings. The province also has timeless Indian culture due to the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi. KwaZulu-Natal is a major attraction for filming in great outdoor locations – from nature’s extravaganza to its heritage sites. It is a unique blend of sophistication, cultural diversity and excitement in the most breathtaking setting imaginable.
KwaZulu-Natal has a varied yet verdant climate thanks to a diverse, complex topography. Generally, the coast is subtropical with inland regions becoming progressively colder. Durban on the south coast has an annual temperature peaking from January to March at 28 °C with a minimum of 21 °C and from June to August of 23 °C with a minimum of 11 °C.
Temperature drops towards the hinterland, with Pietermaritzburg being similar in the summer, but much cooler in the winter. The Drakensberg can experience heavy winter snow, with light snow occasionally experienced on the highest peaks in summer.
Why bring your next production to KwaZulu-Natal
Cost-effective prime locations within close proximity to each other
English is spoken across the region
Richards Bay and Ballito are vibrant north-coast destinations, offering spectacular scenery and unspoilt beaches
Richards Bay boasts of the country’s largest harbour and some of its most magnificent wetland scenery, with a well-developed infrastructure.
It is one of the closest sea destinations from Gauteng and enjoys a summer climate all year round
KwaZulu-Natal offers first-world infrastructure with top-of-the-range equipment, Internet connectivity, cell phone coverage, roads and air links
It boasts of a World Heritage Site, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Year-round perfect climate, open beaches, authentic Zulu culture, rolling grasslands, dense forests, lake systems, waterfalls world-class support services
Co-production is a general term that covers a variety of production arrangements between two or more production companies undertaking a television, film or other video project. International co-production refers to the situation of two or more production enterprises from different countries undertaking such projects.
There are two types of co-productions:
Creative control is shared between local and foreign partners, and there is a mix of local and foreign people in creative positions
A straightforward co-financing arrangement (finance only) in which one partner provides partial funding while another company undertakes the actual production.
The application procedure for a film to qualify as an official co-production has two steps:
Each co-producer needs to apply for an Advance Ruling from the relevant authority in their home country at least 30 days before principal photography
At the end of the production an application for Final Ruling must be completed and submitted together with the required documentation
To encourage and attract large-budget films and television productions and post-production work that will contribute towards employment creation, enhancement of international profile, and increase the country’s creative and technical skills base.
Shooting on location in South Africa, the incentive will be calculated as 20 per cent of the Qualifying South African Production Expenditure (QSAPE). No cap will apply for this incentive.
Shooting on location in South Africa and conducting post-production with a Qualifying South African Post-Production Expenditure (QSAPPE) of R1.5 million in South Africa, the incentive will be calculated at 22.5 per cent of QSAPE and QSAPPE (an additional 2.5 per cent, cumulative 22.5 per cent)
Shooting on location in South Africa and conducting post-production with a QSAPPE of R3 million and above in South Africa, the incentive will be calculated as 25 per cent of QSAPE and QSAPPE (an additional 5 per cent, cumulative 25 per cent)
Foreign post-production with QSAPPE of R1.5 million, the incentive is calculated at 22.5 per cent of QSAPPE. Foreign post-production with QSAPPE of R3 million and above the incentive is calculated at 25 per cent of QSAPPE.