FILM TELEVISION & STILLS LOCATIONS
MY CITY INFO
Johannesburg, South Africa or as we locals like to call it Jozi or Joburg.
Today, South Africa is the powerhouse of Africa, the most advanced, broad-based economy on the continent, with infrastructure to match
any first world nation. Our city rivals many metropolitan centers around the world with its five star hotels, first class restaurants and booming property markets.
It is the diversity of culture and ethnicity that has aptly named us The Rainbow Nation. South Africa has 11 official languages and scores of unofficial ones – English being the most commonly spoken.
Our warm, temperate and consistent climate is a keydraw-card for tourists and filmmakers alike.
One of the largest cities in the province of Gauteng is Johannesburg (a Sesotho name meaning ‘Place of Gold). It is home to more than a
fifth of the population and produces a third of the country’s wealth.
Johannesburg enjoys a dry, sunny climate, with the exception of occasional late afternoon downpours in the summer months of October to
April. Temperatures are mild thanks to the city’s high altitude. Despite the relatively dry climate, Johannesburg has over ten million trees, and it is now the biggest man-made forest in the world.
CURRENCY AND TAX
The Rand is the currency of South Africa. It takes its name from the Witwatersrand (Afrikaans for white-waters-ridge), the ridge upon which Johannesburg is built and where most of South Africa’s gold deposits were found. The Rand has the symbol “R” and is subdivided into 100 cents, symbol “c”. The Rand is the currency of the Common Monetary Area between South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland and Lesotho. The
Rand was introduced in 1961, coinciding with the establishment of the Republic of South Africa. It replaced the South African Pound as legal tender.
There is a standard tax system in South Africa – VAT – that is calculated at 14% of the purchased item. Most of the quoted prices are VAT inclusive.
International travelers are entitled to a VAT refund on any item purchased with a value greater than R 250. When leaving Cape Town or
Johannesburg, apply for your VAT refund at the Customs office at the airport. You will need your passport, the original invoices and a VAT
control form. It is possible to exchange your refund cheque for foreign currency at the airport before leaving South Africa.
SAFETY AND STREET-SMARTS
The international media has sometimes painted a very bleak picture of South Africa when it comes to safety; however it is not nearly as bad as you may think. As in any city with which you are unfamiliar; it is always wise to take precautions. I have a long-term interest in all of my clients and therefore your safety is extremely important to me. This is why I appoint reliable chaperone's who are responsible for your transport and will be sure to caution you on any dangerous areas. It is fair to assume that the majority of petty crime that takes place happens at night and more often than not, in the informal settlements and suburbs in and around Johannesburg.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask you Joburgfilm representative to advise you?
Joburgfilm will make sure you and your clients are aways safe and secure!
I've had the wonderful opportunity to be involved in the film industry for over three decades.
I've being privileged to have mastered the art of logistics, namely Transport, Unit and Locations Management.
"If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa.”
* John Hemingway (American author)
MY TEACHERS WHO INSPIRED ME
I was fortune to have worked with the legend Eva Monley location manager on Lawrence of Arabia. Interpretation beyond belief.
Kevin De La Noy - Location Manager & Producer: Braveheart, Ghost & the Darkness, Blood Diamond, Ali and so much more!
Over the years I've collected a large database of locations. It was time to share this awesome city with you all. Loading new options everyday.
Location Database Search:
I've tried to choose some very special location options for you and your clients. So please be patient, as I source for you many future amazing places.
Working closely with film friendly location owners by building trust and protecting there asserts.
Providing you the client a Professional Scouting Service with tones of local knowledge.
Having scouted all corners of South Africa and specializing in all aspects of Johannesburg.
So please look no further!
Love what I do and all the challenges it comes with.
Please feel free to ask for a Quotation.
As a Fixer I provide you with the combination of a Location Scout, Location Manager, Production Manager and Producer all rolled into one.
I'll facilitate all your budget and location requirements into one well oiled machine.
Having a fantastic support system behind me from professional crew, equipment services, security advisors and logistical backup. Make my job so much easier to focus on you and your end product.
Making sure you're in good hands from the moment you step off the plane and return home safely.