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The Film Fund assists Knysna

Film Fund assists Knysna after devistating fires

Doug Emauel, president of the Knysna Rotary Club accepts a cheque of R50 000,00 from the Film Industry Fund in aid of their Fire relief efforts.

On 7th June 2017, wildfires, fanned by gale force winds, spread around the Garden Route, affecting an area from Sedgefield to Plettenberg Bay, including the town of Knysna. Knysna, in particular, was severely impacted with fires raging through many formal and informal suburbs. Few suburbs were spared, although many individual homes within each suburb were indeed spared.

Estimates indicate that hundreds of buildings have been burned to the ground (most of them individual homes), in both the formal and informal suburbs. Over 8000 individuals are homeless as a result of the fires. The demise of our wildlife must be immense.

Whilst most of the fires had been brought under control by Friday 9th June, high winds on Saturday 10th June caused many fires to reignite, especially on the western side of town. Brenton and Buffalo Bay areas were in the way of the flames and were evacuated. Sadly, many homes were burned down in Brenton too. In Knysna itself, many residents, including all the patients from the Epilepsy Centre were evacuated for the second time.

Fires also flared up in Port Elizabeth, Sedgefield and in Plettenberg Bay. The Plett airport was affected and closed for a while.

By Sunday 11th June, the wind had died down and firefighters, including airborne units, were attending to the last of the fires. Most, if not all, were either extinguished or under control.

Donations ranging from blankets, food, clothing, other hard goods and cash are being received by various organisations, almost on a daily basis. Being mid-winter, blankets, bedding and mattresses were a priority.  Short term humanitarian aid has been phenomenal and there is plenty to go around.

Rotary manpower, amongst other assistance, was used at distribution points and the Rotary Club of Knysna has set up a Fire Relief subcommittee and an associated fund, to manage and finance specific needs as they are identified. The Club has a representative who attends the municipal disaster management meetings and it is these meetings which guide the Rotary Sub Committee decision making. Present Rotary focus is on funding building materials to assist reconstruction of dwellings in informal settlements. Kits, containing all materials for easy erection of small houses, are a particular focus at present but not yet approved. Other needs will be identified and addressed as the relief efforts proceed.

Over 400 middle and upper class houses were destroyed as well as about 150 informal dwellings. The middle and upper class families are staying temporarily with friends or family so they are not in immediate need of feeding, clothing or shelters.  There are numerous local support groups helping the poorer community.

The real problems are yet to come. Homeless families, who have lost everything, need to restart their lives. We are receiving messages daily from people who typically have no insurance cover. The problem will become one of money. We have set up a disaster relief fund which is receiving contributions for Rotary Clubs around the country and overseas, other organisations and numerous individuals. – Details courtesy of the Knysna Rotary Club

Knysna and surrounds has been used for many years by our industry due to it’s picturesque scenery, it only seemed fitting that our Industry contributes to rebuilding this community through the Film Fund – Rudi Riek.

 


Camera, Lights..Let’s Read

The Film Industry Fund helping to bring a love of reading to Kleinberg Primary School in Ocean View

On Friday 31st March 2017 The Film Industry Fund handed over a complete library building stocked with 3000 new books all to the value of R270 000,00 to Kleinberg Primary School in Oceanview close to Kommetjie.

South Africa’s literacy levels have been described by National Education Evaluation and Development Unit (NEEDU) CEO, Dr Nick Taylor, as “a national catastrophe and a disaster for the country and future economic growth”.   One of the most serious problems is that the majority of primary schools in South Africa are severely under resourced with children lacking access to enough of the right kind of books to read.  Indeed NEEDU found that the majority of foundation phase classrooms had only two or three available books for learners to read through a whole year – this despite developmental recommendations that children at this stage should read a book or two a week! Sadly, most communities also do not have local libraries and most homes cannot afford to buy books, exacerbating the problem and inhibiting the development of a culture and love of reading in our youngest citizens.

Through the active support of literacy promotion organisations like help2ead and  Breadline Africa, with generous support from The Film Industry Fund, this situation is changing for learners at Kleinberg Primary who today  have access to an abundance of literacy resources, a great reading space and reading helpers to give them one-on-one attention.

Kleinberg Primary together with The Film Industry Fund, Breadline Africa and literacy development partner help2read are today delighted to announce the official opening of their new school library.

Created through the stunning conversion of shipping containers, or as in this case a prefabricated structure, Breadline Africa’s library development programme creates a bright, roomy and engaging space, fully equipped with age and stage appropriate reading resources and designed to engage learners by inculcating a love and desire for reading.  Learners are aided by Volunteer Reading Helpers recruited, trained and supported by help2read, who commit to at least a year long programme of meeting one-on-one with learners for at least 30 minutes twice a week, helping them master reading for meaning and developing a love for it.  help2read has been actively involved with Kleinberg Primary since 2006 and has helped some 380 children learn to read. W working with one child at a time, to help2read aims to overcome the challenge of low levels of literacy in South Africa.

The Film Industry Fund seeks to be a vehicle of change for the South African Film industry by supporting underprivileged communities and projects through local production companies’ contributions.

This exciting trio of influence has transformed an idea into a reality and now the children of Kleinberg Primary School can look forward to the multitude of opportunities that an inspired passion for reading will provide for their futures.

 


The FIlm Industry Fund Donates new Jungle Gym to Ward 77

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The Film Industry Fund donated this jungle gym to City Parks in October this month in Leeuwenhof Road in Higgovale. This structure was requested by Councilor Dave Bryant from Ward 77 and was paid for out of the allocation for Ward 77 which includes the CBD. by far the most filming within the City takes place in this ward. THis is the second jungle Gym donated to Ward 77, the first was constructed in the Bo Kaap in September 2014.

“This piece of public open space is incredibly special for the community and I have met with a number of residents in the past to discuss potential ideas to increase the usage and ensure that anti-social elements do not move in. By increasing local usage of these areas we can further improve vigilance and combat crime and anti-social behaviour. Special thanks must go to The Film Industry Fund NPC and all the contributing production companies for their generous financial donation towards the wooden play structure.” Councillor Dave Bryant

To date the Film Industry Fund has donated 4 Jungle Gyms to The City Parks department.

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Film Industry Fund Donates Jungle Gym in Narwahl street, Rugby – Cape Town

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This month the Film Industry Fund in Partnership with the City of Cape Town parks department donated a new jungle gym for a newly established park in Narwahl street, Rugby.

This would be the third permanent structure the Film Industry Fund donates to a community in which filming takes place since our first donation in April 2014.

This Jungle Gym was donated out of the communal fund and the donation amounted to R34 235,38

Below is a picture of what the park looked like before as well as some close up pictures of the structure.

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Film Industry Fund donates Jungle Gym in District Six

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The Film Industry Fund this month installed the above Jungle Gym in conjunction with the City of Cape Town Parks department in Roger street in Zonnebloem. This is a new park established by the City and the Jungle Gym is one of the first improvements made to this park.

The donation was made out of the Film Industry Fund communal fund and amounts to R34 235,38.

This jungle gym is the second permanent structure the Film Fund has donated to the community since our very first donation was made in April 2014.

The Film Industry Fund continues to grow from strenght to strenght with more production companies registering to become donors on a regular basis.

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Above: THis is an image taken before the installation of the new Jungle Gym


Film Industry Fund donates chess sets to Ummangaliso Primary school

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                                                                  above: learners at Ummangaliso Primary School playing chess for the first time with new sets donated by the Film Industry Fund

Julia Green is one of four student teachers at Ummangaliso Primary School in Site B Khayelitsha, and essentially they wanted to leave something at the school that would be longer lasting than a donation, which was how the idea for an extra curricular chess club started.

The club had it’s first meeting at the beginning of August 2015, with 46 children arriving to learn to play chess. Their second meeting occurred a week later, where 49 children arrived, and they all played chess for 2 hours.They plan to have meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week.

There are two permanent teachers who have offered to take over the project once Julia and the other student teachers’ teaching practical comes to an end.”We are also looking at getting UCT Chess Club to sponsor some chess coaches for those children who show real promise.” says Julia.

The Film Industry Fund happened to hear a call for assistance which Julia made on Cape Talk radio as although they now had a chess club, they did not have enough chess sets for all the kids. The Film Industry Fund agreed to sponsor 25 new tournament chess sets and boards which means that at least 50 kids can play chess simultaniously. It is likeminded people such as Julia whom we love to support as they go the extra mile to make a difference in their community or workplace.

The contribution which amounted to R3300,00 was made out of the communal fund of the project.

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Students waiting for the chess club to start               Teachers playing chess and giving the students valuable tips.


Film Industry Fund Donates to Hout Bay Educare

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on the 3rd of February 2015 the Film Industry Fund donated a Flatscreeen tv, dvd player, educational dvd’s & burglar bars to the Houtbay Educare centre in Hangberg.

The total value of this contribution was R15 767,00 and was allocated out of Ward 74. This allocation was done upon the request of the relevant Ward Councillor, Clr M. Haywood.


Film Industry Fund builds Jungle Gym in Bo Kaap

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above from left to right: Pauline McConney (Head City Parks Cape Town), Rudi Riek (Fund Administrator), Charl Marais (supervisor City parks),
Keith Hartnick (City Parks), Cllr Dave Bryant (Chairperson : Economic Development, Environment and Spacial Planning & Ward Councillor Ward 77)

The Film industry Fund allocates funds received from voluntary contributor production companies to three main categories, 50% goes to the Ward in which filming takes place, 35% is allocated to a communal fund and 15% is used for administration. The Jungle Gym built in the Upper Leeuwen street Park in the Bo Kaap this week which cost R34 235,38 was built on the recomendation of Ward Councillor Dave Bryant and was allocated out of Ward 77’s budget.

“As you would know there are many film shoots, commercials etc shot in the historic neighbourhood of Schotsche-Kloof (or ‘Bo-Kaap’ as it is commonly known). This area has traditionally been home to a working-class community and as such many of the public open spaces have not been as well maintained as some of the other parts of the ward. The City is working hard to change this though and over the past few years I have invested a great deal of ward allocation funding into the ongoing upliftment of local parks and public open spaces.

One of the greatest success stories has been the rejuvenation of the Upper Leeuwen Street Park which has gone from being a drug and crime filled dustbowl to a beautiful and functional park with a soccer pitch, new trees green grass and irrigation. Most of the old play equipment has been repainted and fixed up but the park is crying out for another piece of equipment. The City currently deals with a contractor that supplies fantastic wooden jungle gyms and we have had these sponsored in some of the other parks across the CBD. It is high time that the Bo-Kaap also had one. The wooden jungle gyms are very good for children’s development and tend to be safer than the metal ones” Cllr Dave Bryant.

The Film Industry Fund which has only been in operation for one season is already changing people’s lives in addition to being a catalyst which is changing the community’s perception of our industry. If your company is not a contributor to this fund we would like to strongly encourage you to become a part of this worthwhile project.

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