Eight young filmmakers received certificates from the eThekwini Municipality
Deputy Mayor Cllr Nomvuzo Shabalala, for their participation in the inaugural
Durban Film Office Scout programme.
The filmmakers, (five women and three men) who participated in the Durban Film
Office’s (DFO) location scouting and management programme, which forms part of
the DFO’s skills development initiative to support and grow the city’s film economy,
were Acquilla Malinga, Lindo Ndlovu, Siphamandla Ngcobo, Sindi Mngadi, Thabisile
Sincadu, Msizi Mlaba and Nick Gumede.
“The programme aims to increase the number of locations scouts in Durban by
providing support dedicated to local development and by doing so, effect
transformation in location management in the Durban industry,’ says Cllr Shabalala.
“As we work towards developing Durban as a film city, with a lively and robust
industry that can contribute to the growth of the economy, it is vital that we
continue to up-skill and train young people who can provide the requisite skills
needed to support this sector.”
“Location scouting and management plays an important role in the film and
commercial production value chain,’ says Toni Monty, head of the DFO. “One of the
most critical members of a modern day film-making crew, is the location scout.
This is an individual who goes out in the field and looks for places and locations that
best resemble or suit the aesthetic needs of the scriptwriters, producers and
“Location scouts are vital in the pre-production stages of a film, as they are
responsible for acquiring the right kind of information about the sites and locations
that are necessary to shoot a film or television commercial, and therefore also play
a key role in attracting productions to a region.’
’Scout’ provides an opportunity for these young people to be trained by professional
locations manager, Neville Botha, from Unit Co-Op. The trainees were selected
after a public call out workshop was held at the Botanical Gardens and were
enrolled in a one week theory class and two weeks of practical classes. The training
comprised practical and theoretic classes on location management, as well as
formal and accredited National Occupational Safety Association (NOSA)training in
Basic Fire Awareness, Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health, and Safety,
Health and Environment Representative Training.
Some of the trainees have already begun working as location scouts.