South Africa National Parks increases location filming fees for 2013
South Africa National Parks (SANParks) has increased its location filming fees by an average of 10% for 2013. The price hikes are the result of the organisation’s first location filming review in several years and apply with immediate effect across all 19 of the parks that it manages.
Under the new prices, a medium-sized commercial or feature production involving between 16 and 30 crew and using between six and 15 vehicles will pay a fee of R9,900 (USD1,117). This is an increase of R900 (USD100).
Different fees apply according to the type and size of the project and the use of any additional SANParks resources such as parking bays and catering.
Reynold Thakhuli is with SANParks: “It is also important to note that SANParks, in initiating the revised rates, kept the filming and photographic industry in mind so as not to put the industry under financial strain amid the global economic meltdown. Hence only a 10% increase was adopted.”
[SANParks did] not [want] to put the industry under financial strain amid the global economic meltdown. Hence only a 10% increase was adopted.
Reynold Thakhuli, SANParks
Thakhuli is also careful to stress that the price hikes are necessary for the rising costs of park maintenance and that “profit is not a primary motive”.
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