The economic impact study by National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) reveals that, during the 2016/17 financial year, the film industry in South Africa had a R4.4 billion contribution to the GDP, compared to the R3.5 Billion in (baseline) study released in 2013. In total, the operations of the film industry in South Africa raised the level of production by approximately R12.2 billion, an overall positive impact. The success of the South African film industry is as a result of an increase in employment opportunities with the total number of jobs crafted amounted to 21.626. The South African cinema revenues and industry at large are projected to be on an upward trajectory. Total cinema revenue in South Africa is expected to grow by R2,2 billion in 2021.
The film industry in KwaZulu-Natal is experiencing steady growth. The Durban Film Office, the film promotion arm of the eThekwini Municipality, reports local production activity has soared by 41% over the past three years. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), The KwaZulu- Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDT) and The Durban Chamber of Commerce have all identified the film and media industries as strategic growth industries and investing heavily in attracting film production in KwaZulu-Natal.
Film production to KwaZulu Natal
A film studio complex, which will be known as Durban Film City, is to be built on the Natal Command site on Durban’s Golden Mile. Construction of the studio complex began in 2006. Durban Film City is home to production facilities and live entertainment venues. Durban also boasts the largest and longest running film festival in South Africa. The Zululand Film Office, incorporating Ilembe North Coast, officially promotes and acts as industry facilitator for the feature film, television, video and stills photography production trade. It is funded by and operates under the auspices of the uThungulu District Municipality based in the Zululand port city of Richards Bay.
Other Key Facts
The province of KwaZulu Natal is home to 10.2 million people, KZN borders the Indian Ocean, as well as three other provinces and the countries of Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho. KZN has third largest film industry in South Africa, worth R237.6 million per year.
• Capital City Of Kwazulu - Natal: Pietermaritzburg
• Languages: 77.8% isiZulu, 13,2% English
• Black 86.6%, Indian 7.4 %, White 4.2%, Coloured 1.4%
• Population: 10 267 300 (2011)
• 20% of all tourists to South Africa visit KwaZulu Natal
• The calculated flying distance from Durban to Pietermaritzburg is equal to 42
miles which is equal to 67 km. If you want to go by car, the driving distance between Durban and Pietermaritzburg is 76.58 km.
The principal language is isi-Zulu followed by English and Afrikaans. Remnants of British colonialism and a mix of Zulu, Indian and Afrikaans traditions give the province a rich culture.
History of Pietermaritzburg
Pietermaritzburg is the capital and second largest city of the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. It was founded in 1838. Popularly called Maritzburg, and abbreviated PMB, it is home to a campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and is a major producer of aluminium as well as timber and dairy products. It had a population of 228,549 in 1991; the estimated current population in Msunduzi Municipality is between 500,000 and 600,000 (between 25% and 30% Indians and whites).
With a proud past, the city of Pietermaritzburg is a thriving, modern capital that has carried its history fully into the present, yet still encompasses a picturesque country feel. It plays host to spectacular sports events, annual outdoor festivals and an agricultural show without parallel on Africa's east coast.
It’s a regional hub for higher things: education, arts and government.
Hotels, nightclubs, restaurants and bed & breakfast establishments cater for every tourist need.
It is a dynamic commercial, educational and industrial centre, with companies that are relocating into its orbit, drawn by a quality of life not easily obtained in South Africa’s larger cities.
Yet, the country is never far away. Timbered hills cradle the city and the Msunduzi River flows through its centre. Climb the old Voortrekker wagon road, up to the plateau overlooking Pietermaritzburg from the northwest, and the lush panorama of the province stretches before you from World’s View, while abundant parks and gardens keep the city permanently green
Pietermaritzburg’s City Hall, constructed in 1893, was destroyed by fire in 1895, and rebuilt in 1901. This magnificent example of Victorian architecture is the largest red- brick building in the Southern Hemisphere.
The city was originally founded by the Voortrekkers, following the defeat of Dingane at the Battle of Blood River, and was the capital of the short-lived Boer republic, Natalia. Britain took over Pietermaritzburg in 1843 and it became the seat of the Natal Colony's administration, with the first lieutenant-governor, Martin West, making it his home. Fort Napier, named after the governor of the Cape Colony, Sir George Thomas Napier, was built to house a garrison. In 1893 Natal received responsibility for their own government and an assembly building was built along with the city hall. In 1910, when the Union of
South Africa was formed, Natal became a province of the union, and Pietermaritzburg remained the capital.