Hollywood kind of film studio to be unveiled in Durban South Africa by Anant Singh
By James Ratemo in Johannesburg, South Africa
When you think of film you think of Hollyhood in the USA. But another hollyhood is in the making at South Africa’s Durban city.
It has now been confirmed that Anant Singh will build a multi-billion studio that can only be compared to hollyhood according to several South African media outlets.
At a cost of roughly $500 million, eThekwini Film City – which takes its name from the Zulu name for Durban – will combine world-class studio facilities with a tourist resort and residential properties, sitting on 50 acres of prime beachfront property.
According to variety.com: For Singh, whose Videovision is responsible for such iconic South African films as “Cry, the Beloved Country,” “Sarafina!,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” and Oscar nominee “Yesterday,” it’s the culmination of a dream more than a decade in the making.
East African countries like Kenya should take cue from this venture and grow their own industries. Creating a working infrastructure will be recipe for creating jobs and showcasing Africa’s prowess.
For Durban, a sun-splashed city with a balmy tropical climate that’s backed by the stunning landscapes of KwaZulu Natal, the studio should be a massive economic driver. Singh, whose Videovision owns a 50% stake in the Cape Town Film Studios, expects his Durban project to have a similar impact on the region.-Variety.com
Kenya’s struggling Riverhood and Nigeria’s Nollyhood can borrow leaf from this film studio to be unveiled in Durban South Africa by Anant Singh.
The project, budgeted at over R100million, is expected to generate numerous opportunities in the film sector and, importantly, it would create more than 5 000 jobs.