EC sports and film receives boost
Filmmakers, actors and service providers received a massive boost when an Eastern Cape Film Hub was launched on Thursday in East London. Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa announced that the Hub will be named after the late Zwide iconic actress Nomhle Nkonyeni (77) who inspired young actors.
Nkonyeni passed away in 2019 after five decades of brilliance on screen. Her last project was the Oscar recommended Mdantsane flick, Knuckle City, currently in cinemas nationwide. The Hub was launched following a need pointed out by the National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa to stimulate economic activity, drive transformation, create jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities in the province.
“The key focus is the development of strategies and capacitation of filmmakers in all regions,” said Mthethwa.
On the same day, the Eastern Cape’s Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC) and MultiChoice Group (MCG) signed a collaboration that will see a multi-pronged unlocking of opportunities in the creative industries and sport.
A multi-purpose sports facility will be built by the private company in Lusikisiki. MultiChoice also brings football and rugby games to the province, promoting netball in the province and supporting the film-making industry through skills development and locally-relevant content for the community TV sector in the province.
“We remain committed to the growth and development of talent in Eastern Cape, whether on the sports field, on stage or on screen, we are proud to contribute to the building of a strong talent pipeline that takes South Africa’s stories from our communities to the world,” said Jabavu Heshu, MultiChoice Group Executive of Corporate Affairs.
Fezeka Bayeni, MEC for Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture said, “The construction of a multi-purpose sports facility and the revitalisation of the film sector will contribute to our goal of taking the youth off the streets and improving the quality of their lives.”
The MultiChoice Diski Challenge (MDC) at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane over the weekend was a hive of activity with an array of MDC fixtures as the league draws to a fascinating finish. The SuperSport Let’s Play fields and the SuperSport Rugby Challenge (SRC) will be brought in to add to the province’s development.
In addition, MCG has invested in the development of local content in the province, the latest investment was the highly-acclaimed movie Knuckle City, directed by Mdantsane born Xolani Qubeka. The movie is currently showing in cinemas countrywide.