The IPO notes the uncertainties around changes to the rebate since consultation with the industry in 2015. The IPO submitted a written response to the DTI on the proposed changes. The DTI informed the IPO that it is currently doing its internal consultation, and once the document has been finalised, the industry will be consulted.
The IPO continues to engage on behalf of its membership with all government sectors in our industry (DTI, NFVF and SABC) through organised forums .
The IPO and its members are aware of the uncertainty caused by changes to the rebate and the challenges this presents to both local originators of content and international producers seeking to come to SA for the value offered in its locations, studios and crews.
The IPO will continue to engage with the industry and collate input to the DTI on the new draft regulations once these are available.
In the meantime, the IPO is committed to broad consultation across its membership and will be holding a one -day workshop on October 6, 2016. The former will seek to develop a clear direction for our industry in order to create a transformed South African film and television industry that is not only inclusive but sustainable with growth potential.