March 25, 2020

Film and #COVID-19

Your regular update on how the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting the film, television, commercials and audio-visual industries in Africa.

18 May 2020 – Artists relief funds and opportunities in the midst of Covid-19

It goes without saying that the current global pandemic and its subsequent economic impacts have hit the pockets of individuals globally in a significant manner and in the South African context, one of the industries that have been most severely affected is our creative sector. The economic implications of the current global viral outbreak have already led to the closure of the entire magazine division of Caxton as well as Associated Media Publishing, which in turn has resulted in the mournful end of many of South Africa’s mainstay print magazine publications such as People and Cosmopolitan.

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08 May 2020 – Brenthurst Discussion Paper 2020

We are resolved not merely to return our economy to where it was before the coronavirus, but to forge a new economy in a new global reality. Our economic strategy going forward will require a new social compact among all role players – business, labour, community and government – to restructure the economy and achieve inclusive growth.

Building on the cooperation that is being forged among all social partners during this crisis, we will accelerate the structural reforms [emphasis added] required to reduce the cost of doing business, to promote localisation and industrialisation, to overhaul state-owned enterprises and to strengthen the informal sector.

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19 April 2020 – Film Industry Freelancers in Crisis

The Commercial Producers Association has called for support for the freelancers working in the industry. See their statement below.

To all of you who have enjoyed the beauty, talent, sunshine and sweat of the South African
film industry over the years.

The frightening reality in South Africa is that there is no social safety net.
The film industry is made up of freelancers, many of whom live from hand to mouth.
There is no UIF (unemployment benefit) for these people. There are no government handouts.
Our film crews, who are the bedrock of all of our productions, are slipping through the
cracks. Non-crew, no film advertising.

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15 April 2020 – A Survey the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) on how COVID-19 is Impacting your Business

The prevailing Coronavirus pandemic is anticipated to have quite a significant impact on the work of the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) and/or Arts, Culture and Heritage (ACH) sectors. To this end, the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) has developed a Survey, from which it wishes to find out how the COVID-19 (widely known as the Coronavirus) is affecting the sector currently. Specifically, the interest is in hearing from firms (employers) and individual freelancers who work in any part of the cultural or creative sector, be it formal or informal.


Please help us not only make the individuals concerned aware of the survey, but attend to it, as this will enable for an in-depth understanding of this pandemic on the CCIs and/or ACH sectors.

In case you have missed it, the link to the survey is: here.

14 April 2020 – Wesgro and the Western Cape Government Support Local Film Business

To help businesses find and apply for the financial support that is available to them, the Western Cape Government, City of Cape Town and Wesgro have launched a fund location tool for businesses in the Western Cape.

The online tool asks the user five easy questions, ranks the answers against pre-determined criteria as stipulated by the various relief measures, and provides a list of relief measures the business may be applicable for. The process takes under a minute on.

Any businesses in the Western Cape who need support and advice can contact the COVID-19 Content Centre at Support Business.

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14 April 2020 – SA’s COVID-19 epidemic: Trends and Next steps

Prepared on 13th April 2020 by Salim S. Abdool Karim, FRS
Chair: Ministerial Advisory Group on Covid-19
Director: CAPRISA – Centre for the AIDS Program of Research in South Africa
CAPRISA Professor in Global Health: Columbia University
Adjunct Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases: Harvard University
Adjunct Professor of Medicine: Cornell University
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research): University of KwaZulu-Natal
Director: DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in HIV Prevention

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06 April 2020 – SA’s COVID-19 Infections  Now at 1,655, With 11 Confirmed deaths 

The total number of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in South Africa has risen to 1,655 with 11 confirmed deaths.

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize made the announcement on Sunday night through a statement. The increase in confirmed cases was 70 from the previously reported cases on Saturday.

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05 April 2020 – What Relief Measures Have Been Announced For The Film And Creative Industries?


The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) has finalised the criteria to distribute the R150m COVID-19 relief fund for artists, athletes, technical personnel and the core ecosystem that supports them. This follows on from consultations with the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) and the Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA).

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05 April 2020 – Business Partners allocate Johan Rupert’s 1 Billion Rand donation for small businesses.

A grant has been made available for all companies who are in distress. No Security is required
A R25 000 grant per business will be given to all successful applicants pending due diligence. There is no repayment for this, if the company in a year is back on its feet, you can voluntarily pay back the grant.

Thereafter a loan up to R 1 000 000 per company can be obtained, as an interest-free loan. They are considering a payment holiday for repayments but after 12 months interest at prime will be charged

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04 April 2020 – African Development Bank approves $2 million emergency assistance for WHO-led measures to curb COVID-19 in Africa

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank on Tuesday approved  $2 million in emergency assistance for the World Health Organization (WHO) to reinforce its capacity to help African countries contain the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigate its impacts.

The grant, which is in response to an international appeal by the WHO, will be used by the world body to equip Regional Member Countries to prevent, rapidly detect, investigate, contain and manage detected cases of COVID-19.

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04 April 2020 – South African Institute of Professional Accountants Offers Guidance to Accountants on COVID-19 Economic Provisions 

President Ramaphosa announced measures the government will be taking to minimise the local economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiatives are aimed at reducing loss of income for small businesses and protecting jobs.

In direct response to the measures, the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) held a member engagement webinar on 31 March with several subject matter experts from the Institute in attendance to offer guidance.

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04 April 2020 – Sony Unveils $100 Million Coronavirus Relief Fund

Japan’s entertainment and technology giant Sony has unveiled a $100 million fund to support people around the world affected by the coronavirus.

Announced on Thursday, the fund is intended to help in three areas: assistance for those individuals engaged in frontline medical efforts; support for children and educators now working remotely; and, creatives in the entertainment industry.

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04 April 2020 – Monte-Carlo Television Festival Canceled Due to Coronavirus

The Monte-Carlo Television Festival has become the latest event to cancel this year in light of the coronavirus crisis.

The 60th edition of the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, which was due to take place from June 19-23, has now been rescheduled for June 18-22, 2021 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.

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04 April 2020 – Global streaming skyrockets in March

The COVID-19 outbreak has had an almost immediate impact on consumption patterns and engagement across streaming and social media in the US, with marked differences in the past month alone says Conviva in a study from Coronavirus.

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03 April 2020 – FNB Statement Confirming COVID-19 Relief

We are pleased to announce that from 1 April – 30 June 2020 we will implement COVID-19 cashflow relief measures to provide relief to individual clients whose financial stability has been impacted by COVID-19. Our interventions will assist clients that demonstrate sound banking behaviour, such as having honoured their repayments to the bank on a consistent basis prior to COVID-19.

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03 April 2020 – World Economic Forum launches COVID-19 Action Platform to fight coronavirus

The dramatic spread of COVID-19 has disrupted lives, livelihoods, communities and businesses worldwide. But the sum of many individual actions by stakeholders around the world will not add up to a sufficient response. Only coordinated action by business, combined with global, multistakeholder cooperation can mitigate the risk and impact of this unprecedented global health emergency.
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03 April 2020 – COVID-19 TERS vs UIF explained 

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03 April 2020 – Boston Consulting Group has launched an Epidemic Projection

The situation surrounding COVID-19 is dynamic and rapidly evolving, on a daily basis. Although
we have taken great care prior to producing this presentation, it represents BCG’s view at
a particular point in time.

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03 April 2020

The international industry is slowly adapting to a new way of life amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Hong Kong-based outfit The Kitchen Film recently shared with KFTV how filming is “getting back to normal” The Kitchen Film, while the His Dark Materials costume team has been sewing scrubs for UK medics His Dark Materials.

03 April 2020 – Discovery, In A Brand First, Brings Premium COVID-19 Content To Real-Time And Discovery Family Subscribers

Real-Time and Discovery Family viewers will for the first time have access to exclusive premium content, only a week after it premiered on the Discovery Channel. In a first for Discovery Inc and in a bid to get as many people informed about the COVID-19 pandemic currently sweeping the globe.

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03 April 2020 – Cannes Lions 2020 Cancelled

Cannes Lions announces today 03 April 2020, that the annual Festival of Creativity will not take place in October as previously planned. The next edition of the Festival will run June 21-25, 2021.

As the impact from COVID-19 continues to be felt across the world on consumers and our customers across the marketing, creative and media industries, it has become clear to us our customers’ priorities have shifted to the need to protect people, to serve consumers with essential items and to focus on preserving companies, society and economies.

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03 April 2020 – How to Deal with Rent and Levies

What are landlords who are unable to pay their levies to do? Is there any reprieve for tenants who are unable to pay their rental? Has our government done enough to offer reprieve?

The first critical question to ask is whether the COVID-19 pandemic qualifies before the law as a force majeure or in Latin a vis major event. The same would apply for the nationwide 21-day lockdown.

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02 April 2020 – Employers cannot force workers to take annual leave during lockdown – Labour minister

Cape Town – Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi says his department has received numerous complaints about employers attempting to shift the financial burden of the 21-day lockdown onto employees. Nxesi said that this was being done by various means, including insisting that workers use their annual leave allocation during this period.

Nxesi said that some workers had complained they were being forced to take unpaid leave during the lockdown.

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01 April 2020 – All the financial help available to South Africans during the corona crisis

There is now a range of measures – from government, banks, and insurers – available to South African businesses and individuals amid a crippling corona-induced economic crisis.

From loans to tax breaks, most interventions are aimed at getting small businesses in particular through the next couple of months. More measures are expected to help individuals, the self-employed and the informal sector.

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01 April 2020 – COVID-19: 5 Deaths and 1,353 Cases Across SA

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31 March 2020 – A special message from Lance Gibbons, Callsheet Africa’s Publishing Editor, during the COVID-19 lockdown. Plus regular updates on how your industry is coping with the coronavirus setbacks, and some #longreads to keep you entertained at home. 

Read the letter here

31 March 2020 – The Oppenheimers’ R1 billion fund for businesses will be available this week – here’s how it works

The South African Future Trust (SAFT), established by Nicky and Jonathan Oppenheimer, will make funds available to South African businesses impacted by the coronavirus from 3 April 2020.

Nedbank said that it will help facilitate the distribution of loans to small businesses on behalf of SAFT.

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31 March 2020 – South African Public Understanding of and Response to the COVID-19 Emergency

Our country has recently joined the world in directly facing the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals, communities and businesses have all been, and will in the immediate future be affected by the progression of this disease, in South Africa, across the continent and across the globe.

With schools closed, trade under pressure and uncertainty facing South Africans daily, the HSRC would like to ask you your views on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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31 March 2020 – DISCOP Postpones Shows, Sets Up DISCOP Club

Patrick Zuchowicki, President of DISCOP, has announced a postponement of their events to 2021 in wake of the COVID-19 crisis and sets new virtual options in place for entertainment professionals to connect. Read his full message to the industry below

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31 March 2020 – The NFVF to offer immediate relief to film practitioners amid COVID-19 lockdown

South Africa’s local film and television industry has been severely impacted by Covid-19 and a number of productions have been haltered not to mention scores of live events cancelled. In an effort to offer relief measures, as outlined in the minister’s address on the 25th of March, the NFVF will be prioritising making payments to beneficiaries that have submitted milestones in the past two weeks. Beneficiaries who have yet to submit milestones over the next three months will also be consulted during this period to determine how best they can be assisted. This extends only to individuals that have current contracts with the NFVF.

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30 March 2020 – Motsepe Family And Associated Companies Pledge R1 Billion For Dealing With Coronavirus Pandemic And Related Challenges

The current lockdown has an impact on the goods, equipment and services that can be purchased immediately and the goods and services which can be provided when the lockdown has been terminated. Our short to medium term interventions include building additional classrooms, computer centres and laboratories in all the 9 provinces of South Africa to assist with the excessively high number of students per classroom in some schools; particularly in the context of the current Coronavirus pandemic and the social distancing requirements.

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30 March 2020 – Television Academy’s Emmy Calendar Shift Lauded by Networks, Studios and Streamers

The Television Academy’s decision to push back this year’s Emmy Awards voting calendar, and eliminate officially sanctioned campaign events, was applauded on Friday by many networks, streamer and studio execs — several of whom had been asking the org to do such a thing.

“People are happy they acknowledged the situation,” one network exec said of the TV Academy Board of Governors, which approved the changes in a meeting Thursday night. Said a studio exec: “I’m glad they were reactive. We all need some breathing time. Everyone wants to be respectful and not be garish.”

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29 March 2020 – Every SA website must promote the govt portal on Covid-19, and cell number transfers banned

As of Thursday 26 March 2020, every website with a domain name that ends in .za – including every company website that uses the suffix, every organisation in, and every academic institution in – must link to the South African government’s Covid-19 portal at

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28 March 2020 – South Africa has 1170 confirmed cases. This is an increase of 243 new cases from the previous announcement on 26 March 2020. The total number of tests conducted to date is 28 537

On 27 March 2020, it was reported that two deaths had occurred as a result of the COVID-19 virus. The first patient was a 48-year-old female who tested positive for COVID-19 on the 23rd of March 2020. She was suffering from a pulmonary embolism. This means she had an underlying disease.

The second patient who died was a suspected case based on her clinical presentation. The clinicians who were treating her have reported to us that this was a 28-year-old female who had presented at the hospital in respiratory distress. At the time of presentation, she was hypoxic. She was intubated and transferred to hospital during the early hours of this morning, (ie 27 March 2020 at 3am). On arrival in ICU, she was declared dead. The clinical picture was suggestive of COVID-19 and therefore a test was conducted. Her laboratory results have since been received at 17:20 and were confirmed negative. Her immediate family was also tested and they are also negative. She is therefore no longer considered a COVID-19 case.

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27 March 2020 – The small business COVID-19 survival guide

Despite everything, we must not let ourselves use this as an excuse for getting sloppy, or not getting stuff done. It’s so easy to fall into a trap of mediocrity when the world around us is lagging a bit. Now is not the time to do that. It’s never the time to do that! Now is the time to give it your all, improve your business, get systems in place and come out better on the other end. And that’s what we hope this eBook will start. Feel free to share it with your friends, peers and colleagues.

Follow the link for more information or a full copy The Small Business COVID-19 Survival Guide

27 March 2020 – First two COVID-19 deaths cases confirmed in Western Cape

The Department of Health has confirmed the first coronavirus related deaths in South Africa. The first two COVID-19 fatalities occurred in the Western Cape, one at a public hospital and one at a private hospital.

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27 March 2020 – Golden Globes Changes Film Eligibility Rules in Wake of Coronavirus Crisis

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is implementing changes to its film eligibility rules for the 2021 Golden Globes because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Since movie theaters and screening rooms are indefinitely closed due to the global health crisis, the organization temporarily suspended the rule that a film had to be screened for HFPA members at a third party facility in the greater Los Angeles area.

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27 March 2020 – Netflix has said it is creating a $100m relief fund for the creative community amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Most of the money will go towards supporting workers on the streamer’s own productions, which have been shut down like any others as a precaution during the outbreak. Last week Netflix halted all pre-production and physical production in the US and Canada for two weeks and was understood to be evaluating international production on a territory-by-territory basis.

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27 March 2020 – Fleet Star Trailers Donates on-set Trailers After Calvin Hayward Producer at The Network Productions Reached Out For SPCA Staff That Will Be Lockdown With The Animals

Calvin Hayward – Producer at The Network Productions saw the post and also reached out to his followers to try to assist 20 SPCA staff that will be looking after animals and making sure that they are also well taken of during this trying time.

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26 March 2020 – Covid-19 to see 50% increase in digital consumption, 12% growth in streaming

The broadcast industry like all others is bracing for a new normal in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, and in attempting to plot a potential roadmap for the sector, industry analyst Omdia is predicting that while significant disruption is virtually certain, the anticipated impact of Covid-19 on digital consumer services may not be universally negative.

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26 March 2020 – Coronavirus: Sundance Postpones London, Hong Kong Festivals

The Sundance Institute has postponed the 2020 editions of its London and Hong Kong festivals due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. New dates are yet to be announced.

In a statement issued Tuesday, organizers said: “We have made the decision to reimagine the 58 live programs we had planned through August 2020,” and that these events “will no longer be in-person gatherings.”

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26 March 2020 – The dos and don’ts during the national lockdown

Police Minister Bheki Cele has warned any person who contravenes the regulations of the nationwide lockdown from midnight on Thursday will be guilty of a criminal offence and will be liable to a fine or imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months, or both.

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25 March 2020 – South Africa prepares quarantine sites as coronavirus cases rise to 709

South Africa has reported the most coronavirus cases in sub-Saharan Africa, and public health experts are worried that the virus could overwhelm the health system if infection rates rise steeply.

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24 March 2020 – South Africa Announces National Shutdown

COVID-19 Declared a national emergency by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 16 March 2020. measures such as banning gatherings of more than 100 people and shutting down of schools were put in place to slow down the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The coronavirus(COVID-19) continued to spread aggressively, demanding intense measure to be taken, on 23 March President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a National Lockdown.

President Cyril Ramaphosa said, “Millions of our people have understood the gravity of the situation. Most South Africans have accepted the restrictions that have been placed on their lives and have taken responsibility for changing their behaviour.

I am heartened that every sector of society has been mobilised and has accepted the role that it needs to play.”

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24 March 2020 – DFA Advisory regarding COVID-19

In the light of the outbreak of Covid-19 declared a national disaster in South Africa, the DFA advises its members to stop all filming activities that require stepping into public places or contact with people outside of your immediate household.

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23 March 2020 – Latest Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 From The Health Ministry

On 23 March 2020, it was announced that South Africa now has 402 confirmed cases of COVID-19. This means there has been an increase of 128 from yesterday’s, 22 March 2020 announcement. It is notable that the Northern Cape has its first confirmed cases. As has been announced, His Excellency, President MC Ramaphosa will address the nation on measures to be undertaken to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

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22 March 2020 – CoVid-19 Protocols for Actors

Submitted by: Carlynn de Waal
Actors checklist for productions still shooting:

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20 March 2020 – A practical survivor’s guide to self-quarantine

COVID-19 has halted business as usual. Around the globe business travel has come to a grinding halt as governments warn against non-essential travel, both domestic and international; borders are closed; and employers are encouraged to support remote working so team members can self-isolate in an attempt to the stem the spread of the virus. South Africa is still a few weeks behind Europe in terms of COVID-19’s trajectory, and we hope with the correct measures in place the country will be able to ‘flatten the curve’.

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20 March 2020 – Ninth Cape Town International Animation Festival postponed to April 2021

The ninth Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF) has been postponed to 24 to 27 April 2021. The event will take place at the Cape Town Stadium and will be excitingly co-located with Comic Con Cape Town. Both events were scheduled to take place in May this year, but have been postponed following the spread of the Covid-19 virus, and the South African Government’s ban on public events over 100 people as one of its responses to manage the pandemic.

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19 March 2020 – Cannes Lions Postponed Due to Coronavirus Crisis

The Cannes Lions festival of creativity is the latest victim of the coronavirus pandemic. The event is now postponed from June 22-26 to the previously announced contingency dates of Oct. 26-30, the organizers said on Wednesday. The decision was arrived at after consultation with public health officials, the Cannes mayoral office, French authorities and festival partners.

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18 March 2020 – Hot Docs Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

Hot Docs regrets to announce that due to the recent declaration by the World Health Organization of COVID-19 as a pandemic, and with the health and safety of Hot Docs participants at our festival as our first priority, we will be postponing this year’s festival, which was scheduled for April 30-May 10 in Toronto.

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17 March 2020 – SAFTAs Cancelled due to Coronavirus Outbreak

In light of the announcement made by President Ramaphosa and the Government’s strict actions in response to the COVID19 (“Coronavirus”) outbreak, the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) would like to inform you that the 14th Annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs14) will no longer take place at the Sandton Convention Centre on 27 – 28 March 2020

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