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December 10, 2021

Survey reveals Omicron travel bans’ ‘devastating’ impact on film industry


The Commercial Producers Association of South Africa recently conducted a survey among production companies about jobs cancelled due to the travel bans imposed on South Africa following the identification of the Omicron Covid-19 variant.

The survey revealed that:

  • 122 confirmed projects were cancelled with a collective value of R420,220,000
  • 162 projects under quote were lost with a collective value of R619,640,000

Bobby Amm, CPA executive officer, described the impact as ‘devastating to our industry’.

“Even more concerning is the potential loss of hundreds of additional projects that would normally be produced during Cape Town’s summer season which runs from October to April each year.  The staggering losses already recorded could become the tip of the iceberg if the bans are not reversed soon,” says the CPA.

The CPA has sent a letter  (UK High Commission 7 December 2021) to the UK High Commissioner to South Africa requesting that the UK Government urgently consider reversing its travel bans.

“Our industry is in a state of shock and despair at recent developments.  We can only hope and pray that the situation improves soon,” the CPA said.

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