Documentary shows off our landmarks to the world

PRODUCTION TEAM: Lazarus Moyo, Bonginhlanhla Ncube, Denford Dzingire and Karabo Lance. © Unknown
PRODUCTION TEAM: Lazarus Moyo, Bonginhlanhla Ncube, Denford Dzingire and Karabo Lance. © Unknown

A DOCUMENTARY that is geared to showing South Africa's landmarks to South Africans and the rest of the world, particularly during the Fifa World Cup, is being shot around the country. The pilot project is focusing on Gauteng.

A DOCUMENTARY that is geared to showing South Africa's landmarks to South Africans and the rest of the world, particularly during the Fifa World Cup, is being shot around the country. The pilot project is focusing on Gauteng.

Ten landmarks, including one for each province, will be covered once the documentary is completed.

Time to see, Ten 2 C is a documentary being filmed by Sukuma Media and directed by Bonginhlanhla Ncube who also co-produces it with Lazarus Moyo.

On completion the producers hope to find a broadcaster willing to air the series before or during the 2010 World Cup as a way of educating visitors and locals on which attractions they could possibly visit.

Ten 2 C is being shot province by province and the pilot programme for the first output is Gauteng and surrounding areas. The crew is made up of two units, each with its own narrator, and had seven attractions in the can by May 14.

"The shooting was a challenge but fun. We had to re-shoot two locations because I was not very happy with the footage brought back by the second unit - those were the Union Buildings and Hartbeesport Dam," Ncube said.

The documentary has a relaxed feel, with a few comic interludes here and there. The narrators are dressed casually. Karabo Lance, the lead narrator, even has some shades that he flips open and closes to denote the start and end of an attraction.

He is a presenter with a local radio station. "I discovered that the best narrator to use for a documentary is someone with presenting expertise. Karabo was the perfect choice," Ncube said.

The attractions shot to date include: Mandela House in Orlando West, Soweto; the South African Apartheid Museum; Hector Pieterson Museum; the Lion Park; Lesedi Cultural Village; Hartebeesport Dam and the Tswaing Meteorite Crater.

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