Thursday, September 16, 2021

Netflix contributes R5,5 million towards Black Creatives Empowerment


Two-thirds of the funding will go towards film & TV scholarships and cancelling student debts while the rest will be donated to the Independent Black Filmmakers Collective

On 16 September 2021, Netflix, the world’s leading entertainment streaming service,  announced a commitment of $400 000 USD (approx. R5.5 million) in the form of a grant and creation of scholarships to extend the support for Black representation in the Film & TV industry to the creative ecosystem in South Africa. 

The Netflix Black Creatives Empowerment Fund will be implemented in a two-pronged approach: the first being a $100,000 (approx. R1.4 million) grant in benefit of The Independent Black Filmmakers Collective  NPC (IBFC), with the second being $300,000 (approx. R4.4 million) designated towards funding full scholarships at higher education institutions in South Africa to support the formal qualification and training of aspiring Black creatives in the film and TV disciplines. 

“We recognise that being part of the local creative community in South Africa also comes with responsibilities, in particular the need to develop the talent pipeline and give new voices the chance to be heard,” says Ben Amadasun, Director of Content for Netflix in Africa. “Talent development is extremely important to us and we will continue to work with the industry in South Africa to support and develop new opportunities to grow the creative community.”

The $300,000 fund will provide financial assistance through full scholarships and graduate debt relief at higher educational institutions in South Africa to support the formal qualification and training of aspiring Black creatives in the film and TV disciplines. Institutions where qualifying students will be able to apply for scholarships and where debt relief opportunities will be available include: 

  • University of Cape Town

  • University of the Witwatersrand

  • University of Johannesburg

  • University of Pretoria

  • University of KwaZulu-Natal

  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Durban University of Technology

  • Tshwane University of Technology

  • AFDA

  • Boston Media House

  • AACA Film and Acting School

  • CityVarsity

Netflix will again be working in partnership with social investment fund management and advisory firm Tshikululu Social Investments, as the implementing partner/fund administrator with the responsibility of supporting the outreach and execution of the project. In July 2020 and March 2021, Tshikululu worked closely with Netflix, the South African Screen Federation (SASFED) and their member organisation, Independent Producers Organisation (IPO), to create the COVID-19 Film and Television Relief Fund that helped the hardest hit workers in the South African creative community.

From the 17th of September 2021,students interested in applying for the fully-funded scholarships will be able to find additional information, application criteria and will be able to apply online on Tshikululu’s website (


Editor’s Note:

About IBFC:

The Independent Black Filmmakers Collective (IBFC) is a membership-based non-profit entity that was established in late 2017 as collaborative business-to-business networking and advocacy group, comprised of wholly black-owned South African film and television companies, independent filmmakers, content creators, film, television and commercials directors and producers, marketers, exhibitors, distributors, media and entertainment facility owners, services industrialists and entrepreneurs. IBFC was born out of a multiplicity of voices spanning over 25 years, and representing three generations of black film practitioners who have contributed meaningfully in shaping the industry and its visual narratives and aesthetics. IBFC’s vision is to accelerate transformation, enterprise development, increase investment, export, trade and job creation to contribute to the national economy, while engaging government, business and industry stakeholders in issues such as policy development and strategic growth of the audio-industry as “one voice”

About Tshikululu:

Established in 1998, Tshikululu is South Africa’s leading social investment fund manager and advisor, working alongside investors and other development partners to maximise the power of social investment. We define social investment as any financial commitment – from grant making to impact investing – that seeks to drive and measure social impact. Our service offering is underpinned by a deep and hands-on understanding of the complexities of development and social investment. As agents of social change, we partner with our clients throughout South Africa to realise their social investment goals. Over more than two decades, we have operated in every province in the country, covering urban and rural areas, and collaborated with social investors in various industries including mining, financial services, the creative economy, renewable energy, property development, banking, insurance, healthcare and logistics.

About Netflix:

Netflix is the world's leading streaming entertainment service with over 209 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

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Monday, September 13, 2021

Reminder: Sage Mid-Year Payroll Tax Update Webinar



Reminder:  Mid-Year Payroll Tax Update Webinar

Book your seat

Join Payroll Expert Rob Cooper for a not to be missed Payroll event

Starting with the hard lockdowns of March 2020, then extending into 2021 with the Covid-19 third wave, and followed by the July 2021 riots and looting, the payroll world has experienced the most tumultuous period of high-pressure legislation changes in memory to accommodate these disasters.

Some topics that will be discussed:
  • Home Office Expenses – Latest information
  • Long Service Awards - Review of the fringe benefit
  • Employment Tax Incentive – Important backdated changes to curb abuse
  • Retirement Fund Contribution – Simplification of the Fringe Benefit calculation
  • Mid-year tax certificates – 2021 Requirements and Proposed penalties for non-submission
In a practical and down-to-earth presentation, the webinar will bring you up to date and help you with these changes as well as looking ahead as best we can in these uncertain times.
Book your seat


Available Dates:

Date: September 2021
Times: 09:00 - 12:30
Host(s): Rob Cooper

About the presenter


Rob Cooper

Rob Cooper completed his in Computer Science at the University of Pretoria in 1971. Many years of design and programming of various financial systems followed, including the development of payroll systems for different environments.

He was one of the founders of VIP Payroll (1986) – now known as Sage – and spent many years developing world class payroll systems and taking the Sage business to new heights.

Over the last fifteen years, his focus has been on the numerous pieces of legislation that govern the employment and payroll industry and he is a respected expert, presenting at tax seminars and workshops.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

SAGE Rough Cut Lab-Fiction 2021 call out for submissions


Rough Cut Lab - fiction edition 2021
SAGE is piloting this inaugural Rough Cut Lab for fiction, building on the success of the virtual documentary Rough Cut Lab earlier this year.

This first virtual fiction edition will allow our most experienced feature editors to mentor and engage with emerging filmmakers, focussing on editors and directors with a suitable project already in post-production.

Rough Cut Labs allow access to expert industry advice and feedback during the final editing stages of a project, and have proven instrumental in shaping the success of feature films as they enter the marketplace.

solving problems    telling stories
Three South African feature film projects - consisting of one editor and one director - will be selected to spend 5 days with world-class consultants, with input and feedback using Zoom and video review and collaboration platform

This call is only open to projects with a working rough cut, with up to 70% to be completed prior to the Lab, which will take place virtually from mid-November 2021.

The application deadline is 22nd October 2021.

Submission criteria:
  • One-page synopsis of the feature film;
  • Script;
  • The director and editor’s biographies;
  • The current rough cut should be in a digital format easy to share, preferably online with the link and password provided, if applicable;
  • One page each from the director and editor outlining the difficulties currently experienced with the film and / or problematic areas in the story. Please include what has been achieved up to this point;
  • Films need to be independent and feature length - 70 minutes or above (so not commissioned from a broadcaster or streaming service);
  • Submissions that do not adhere to the criteria will not be considered.
All submissions will be treated with utmost confidentiality by the
SAGE selection panel.





Position: Part-time (20 hours per week)

Duration: 8 months

Experience level: mid-senior experience level with a minimum of 5 years experience in production or education of documentary film


The Documentary Filmmakers’ Association would like to employ a programme manager. This person would be required to:

  • have a good understanding of key stakeholders specific to the documentary industry both in terms of processes and policies;
  • form relationships with these key stakeholders and be aware of any opportunities or gaps that need to be addressed by the DFA,
  • attend industry stakeholders’ meetings on behalf of the DFA;
  • feedback to the board and make recommendations where required;
  • understand the specific needs of the documentary genre
  • create visibility and support for the organisation and the sector
  • serve when required, as a spokesperson for the DFA in these engagements;
  • help promote the organisation, its members, and its objectives;
  • provide the organisation with necessary policy research and legislation that impact documentary filmmakers.
  • identify funding opportunities in order to support the development of future initiatives by the DFA.
  • Draft input documents that reflect the position of the DFA as required.


  • A  level 6 qualification in or demonstrable equivalent experience as documentary filmmaker
  • Demonstrable experience as a documentary filmmaker
  • Must have own computer, workspace and uncapped internet connection for remote work

The following will be advantageous :

  • Experience in film production or training
  • Experience working in industry organisations

Timeframe & remuneration: 

  • Between September 2021 and April 2022
  • This is a freelance, part-time position
  • Remuneration to be negotiated based on qualification(s), experience and candidate scope of work estimate

To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a single pdf file with the subject “DFA programme manager application ” to

- Cover letter

- Curriculum Vitae (CV) 

- Filmmography where relevant (may include links to previous work online)

- Reference letter(s) and contact details for 2 references


An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. They will be invited to an interview that will include timed and evaluated completion of a relevant task. 


Closing date: 12:00 (midday) Friday, 10 September 2021

Please note that interviews will be conducted on 15 September 2021. Remuneration in line with qualification(s) and experience

Please note

No person currently serving as a member of the DFA board can apply. DFA is committed to transforming the Documentary film industry to be more representative of race, gender and disability.

How to join the DFA:

Visit the DFA webpage and submit a membership form

Membership options:
FULL MEMBER        - R350

Membership Notes:

Membership renewal fees will be invoiced annually to all members (after the member first joins), by the incoming board. Membership will fall due immediately to continue to qualify as a member of the organisation. The DFA is VAT and TAX exempt due to its NPO status and you may claim certain NPO contributions in your tax.