Friday, May 21, 2010

Media release: location filming arrangements in Gauteng during the World Cup


20 May 2010

Business mostly as usual for Gauteng during the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup™

With the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ just around the corner many filmmakers are wondering whether filming will be affected during the World Cup period.

To answer this question the GFC has compiled useful information on filming requirements for the film and TV industry in Gauteng which will apply during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. As the GFC receives further updates from the host cities, the Local Organising Committee and FIFA, such communiqués will be circulated to our production community.

The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) has given assurances that it will be business as usual across the metropolitan area. The only areas which will be directly affected will be the official World Cup restriction and exclusion zones and certain locations and facilities (including transport facilities such as the Rea Vaya, Gautrain, Park and Ride facilities etc.).

Producers wishing to film during the World Cup period in non-restriction or exclusion zones can still approach the GFC for assistance in submitting applications for filming permits and the standard procedures and rates will apply. The GFC would like to recommend that producers and production companies avoid locations that are in close proximity to stadiums, fan parks, Public Viewing Areas (PVAs), official hotels, training facilities and major transport arterials in favour of those that are not impacted by the World Cup.

In the case of micro shoots it is recommended that you contact the GFC who will notify the relevant permitting authority.

Restriction and Exclusion Zones in Johannesburg
The following areas have been declared World Cup restriction and exclusion zones:

  • Ellis Park Stadium, Doornfontein
  • Soccer City stadium and International Broadcasting Centre, NASREC
  • Innes Free Park (FIFA Fan Park), Sandton
  • Elka Stadium (FIFA Fan Park), Soweto
  • Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown
  • Park Station, Johannesburg CBD
  • Gautrain Station/ FIFA Accommodation venues, Sandton Central
  • No.3 Square (Football for Hope), Alexandra
  • Orlando Stadium, Soweto
On non-match days filming permits for restriction and exclusion zones may be applied for through the relevant South African Police Service (SAPS) station. On match days though special approvals will need to be secured through the LOC and the City of Johannesburg. Filming of actual matches requires FIFA accreditation.

The contacts for the relevant SAPS station in Johannesburg are as follows:

Station / SAPS Station / Phone / Fax

Ellis Park Stadium / Jeppe Police Station / 011 624 6000 / 011 624 6096

Soccer City Stadium / Booysens Police Station / 011 433 5200 / 011 433 5272

Elkah Stadium / Moroka Police Station / 011 527 0000 / 011 984 4447

Innes Free Park / Region E Office CoJ / 011 582 1400

Public Viewing Area / Joburg Central Police / 011 497 7000 / 011 497 7582
(PVA) Mary Station
Fitzgerald Square

Football for Hope / Alexandra Police Station / 011 321 7600 / 011 321 7628
Festival (FFHF)

Orlando Stadium / Orlando Police Station / 011 983 4800 / 011 935 2284

City Improvement Districts
In terms of all City Improvement Districts (CIDs) in Johannesburg, special arrangements have been reached that micro shoots (crew sizes of 10 and less crew members) do not require any permits as long as the shoot does not involve road closures or the parking of trucks etc. This is with the exception of restriction zones in Newtown and Sandton which may require special approvals. Where crew sizes exceed 10 people or road closures are needed you would need to secure prior permission and the standard tariffs will apply.

City Improvement Districts in Johannesburg are:

  • Sandton Central
  • Rosebank Management District
  • Illovo Boulevard Management District
  • Central Improvement District (inner city)
  • South Western Improvement District (inner city)
  • Retail Improvement District (inner city)
  • Braamfontein
  • Randburg
  • Wynberg
  • Benrose
  • Civic Legislature
  • Sloane Precinct (Bryanston)
  • Newtown
  • Constitutional Court (Braamfontein)
  • Main Street Mall, and
  • Gandhi Square.
For film shoots in any of the above locations contact the GFC for assistance.


The City of Tshwane has confirmed that business here will also be as usual across the Metro. Road closures and access restrictions in the area around Loftus Versfeld Stadium (Loftus) will be very much the same for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ as those put in place during the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009. There will be a lockdown of the area immediately around Loftus from a few weeks prior and of a larger area on match days only. Access to these areas will be restricted. During this time there will only be access restrictions on the roads immediately surrounding Loftus, i.e. Kirkness Street and parts of Jorissen Street, Lynnwood Road, Ayton Street and Bond Street.

The City is currently finalizing a list of other restriction zones which will be communicated to the industry.

Ekurhuleni and O.R. Tambo International Airport

In the case of the City of Ekurhuleni filming arrangements will be as usual. However, certain restrictions may apply in and around the O.R. Tambo International Airport, the Ekurhuleni Welcome Village, official hotels and training facilities, as well as all major routes to and from the O.R. Tambo International Airport.

Note that the Airports Company South Africa in conjunction with the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department and the South African Police Force have scheduled, planned road closures at O.R. Tambo International Airport. As of Monday 10th 2010, the lower road way which is normally used for pick- ups (Arrivals), will be closed to the general public. Motorists who wish to drop off passengers will be directed to the upper roadway (Departures), those who are there to pick up arriving passengers are advised to make use of the parking bays. The airport has a 15 minute free parking grace period in all parking areas, which gives enough time to collect passengers and drive off.
The closures will be implemented on the following days throughout the month of May:

Mondays 06h00 – 09h00
Wednesdays 10h00 –14h00
Fridays 14h00- 20h00
Sundays 17h00- 20h00

This exercise will ultimately result in complete road closures in some areas for members of the public from June 1st until the end of the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site

Filming in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site (including Sterkfontein caves and Maropeng), requires that filming applications be forwarded to the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA), but only when a live broadcast is envisaged. The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site advisory personnel in this regard are Ms Reshma Lakha-Singh who can be contacted at 011 355 1402 or; and Mr. Hein Pienaar who can be contacted at 011 355 1596 or respectively.


Filming in Dinokeng requires one to seek guidance from Ms Reshma Lakha-Singh, who can be contacted at 011 355 1402 or

2010 FIFA World Cup™ matches

The filming of 2010 FIFA World Cup™ matches require prior accreditation and approval from FIFA. For more information please visit

For information about match days and venues visit

World Cup ICASA Media Rights

The GFC has been advised that live satellite transmissions require prior approval from ICASA. Note that fees apply.

For assistance please visit

Commercial Producers Association (CPA) advocates ‘common sense’

The CPA has advocated a “common sense approach” for commercial producers wanting to film during the World Cup. This means an acknowledgement that locations that are in close proximity to stadiums, fan parks and major transport arterials should be avoided in favour of those that are not impacted by the World Cup. These include private residential and corporate properties, suburbs, townships, rural and remote areas and City locations that are not in close proximity to World Cup venues and activities.

From an insurance perspective the industry’s leading insurers have confirmed that all the insurance usually taken out by agencies and production companies in the production process will be available for the duration of the World Cup. They too advocate that all parties use common sense when deciding on locations to ensure that filming does not impact on World Cup activities and vice-versa.

Says Bobby Amm, CEO of the CPA, “the CPA is satisfied that the World Cup will not hinder the production of commercials and we encourage any agency or client who has concerns to discuss these with the production company concerned or with the CPA. We sincerely hope that there will not be a drop off in production because agencies and clients have been misinformed. It’s business as usual albeit under rather unusual circumstances.”

GFC Contacts

For more information visit

For general location enquiries contact:
Seitiso Mogoshane
Locations Officer

Gauteng Film Commission

56 Main Street Johannesburg, 2108 South Africa
PO Box 61601 Marshalltown 2107,
Tel: +27 (0) 11 833 0409
Fax: +27 (0) 11 833 0282 / 0865055772
Cell: +27 (0) 83 608 4324



For media enquiries or additional media information, please contact
Jacques Stoltz of the Gauteng Film Commission on +27 (0)11 833 0409 or +27 (0)83 455 9688 or