Gauteng's popularity as a source of locations is growing, according to recent feedback from Cape-based producers and the increased number of Cape-based queries to the GFC.

Commenting on this, Jacques Stoltz, Senior Marketing Manager at the GFC, said the Commission was delighted with the positive response to the networking breakfast held in Cape Town in December last year, hosted by the GFC and the Commercial Producers Association (CPA) and facilitated by The Filmmakers Guide to South Africa.

Well over 30 industry role-players attended the event, at which the GFC provided an update on their activities, including active liaison with the cities of Ekurhuleni and Tshwane to ensure an environment conducive for production; lobbying with the City of Johannesburg and other key stakeholders to identify and address location pressure points; and working with the industry to develop a permit framework for the province that is based on international good practice.

Speaking at the breakfast, Stoltz said research clearly showed that the Cape and Gauteng industries are much more integrated than is generally thought.

"At the GFC over the past year in particular we have increasingly felt the presence of Cape-based production companies in Gauteng and we are receiving an ever growing stream of requests for assistance and support from the Mother City.

"This integration is also borne out by research such as the annual commercial production survey carried out by the Commercial Producers Association, the CPA, which clearly shows a strong Joburg- Cape Town connection. While Gauteng and the Western Cape may compete as locations, the reality is that we service a single South African industry. We will engage in dialogue with our partners here in the Western Cape to ensure that more regular Joburg/ Cape Town networking events take place," he said.