CFC & Department Of Home Affairs Meeting

The following letter to the industry from the CEO of the CFC (Cape Film Comission):

Dear Members

The Cape Film Commission and representatives of industry met with the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and senior representatives of her Office last week.

At the meeting various proposals were discussed and, we believe, resolved.

We can confirm that the Department stated that there is no directive in place to
restrict the extension of an 11(2) permit by 90 days (visa exempt countries)
however only one extension is permissible.

There will also be an opportunity to motivate for longer work permits for specialist cast and crew working on longer-term projects. This will be useful for
productions running longer than 6 months, especially long term TV series and
long form shoots going into sequels etc.

The process for the above will involve a slightly more complex registration process with the CFC Membership. This will require the applicant, be it an individual or company, registering as a member of the CFC. It will also require the provision of a letter of support from the local production company and a copy of the employment contract or service agreement to be provided to the CFC. In turn we will submit this to Home Affairs with a letter of support for the permit to be issued.

Due to the more complex admin process required for these applications a flat rate annual administration fee of R500 will be charged for membership of the CFC for those applying for a permit with an additional fee of R350 for each permit application.

Should you have any challenges or queries in relation to this please contact us on


Denis Lillie

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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