Mahikeng gets state of art film studio

The North West capital Mahikeng could soon become a movie-making hub.

Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture Rejoice Mabudafhasi will on Tuesday officially hand over a state of the art film studio at Mmabana in Mahikeng.

“Be A Top Crew (BATC) is an empowerment project initiated by Top Crew Home Brew Movies (TCHBM)‚ in partnership with the National Department of Arts and Culture (DAC)‚ to provide integrated development strategies that ensure a linkage between economic development and skills development in the area of film production. The first film studio funded by DAC was launched in Diepsloot‚ Johannesburg‚ in 2014‚” DAC said in a statement.

It said the Mmabana Film Studio would‚ among other things‚ seek to identify new talent‚ facilitate necessary training‚ provide experience through “At-Work” training‚ workshops‚ provide mentoring‚ as well as profile aspiring film-makers and actors thus exposing them to the real world of film-making.

“This allows members of the community to better use the studios to continue to tell their own stories‚” it added.

“The initiative is line with the Department of Arts (DAC) and Culture’s Mzansi Golden Economy strategic investment approach which seeks to reposition the arts‚ culture and heritage sector as the key players in government’s programme of action towards creation of sustainable jobs‚ audience and skills development‚ social and economic development of the sector. An amount of R850‚000 was spent towards the development of the Mmabana Film Studio.”

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