Fact#1 Mpumalanga, with its scenic beauty and postcard landscapes does not have an office that can hold accountable anyone wanting to exploit its beauty for financial gain. This means that any Tom, Piet and Zodwa can pack their filming equipment in a combi rented at OR Tambo Airpot, go to the Blyde River Canyon, film for a week, while sleeping in tents, pack the canned reels and fly to Europe not through Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (connecting in Jozi), but directly out of OR.
They can get to Europe, distort the facts about God's Window, then sell the film back to us with French subtitles. This can be done without informing the powers that be or them laying rules for the wealthy exploiter. Part of Fact #1 is that you can't do half the above in Cape Town, Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal without paying a certain amount or employing locals. Actually you can't do it anywhere in the world - but Mpumalanga. No ways. During the filming of Blood Diamond, a building at Victoria Street in Cape Town, owned by Centre for the Book was used for a single scene of the flick. Filming lasted for three days and the producers ended up parting with approximately R100 000 for using the facility. Using 'a fixed facility' not a human being, while a local extra told Kasiekulture last week he was paid R100 for taking part in Catch A Fire as an extra, filming for the whole cold Witbank day in a dam. Insulting heh?
Question is; why could anybody just do it in Mpumalanga without answering to anyone. Answer; because some comrade will not approve the establishment of something s/he can not materially benefit from. S/he can not give a green light for the creation of an office so technical he can not successfully recommend the deployment of his/her cousin, nephew or sister. Someone is holding the development agenda of the whole province hostage because of his/her selfish greed.
The full proposal was not that explicit about what needed to be done but was outlining the benefits likely to emanate from such an office for the hollistic growth of the province
Suggestion; the government must just put the bid for Mpumalanga Film Office to tender and invite interested parties to pitch, no patronage, no connection and let's see if this province will not create employment for all the Mncedisi Shabangus and Ayanda Mbulis who are still waiting to be discovered.