Did the Mandela movie really sustain 12 000 jobs?
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(Variety said it arrives bearing the slightly musty odor of a 1980s Richard Attenborough superproduction: stolidly reverential, shackled to the most dire conventions of the mythmaking biopic.”) Unlike other more modernist biopics, which cherry-pick relevant moments and jump around in time, Mandela aims to tell the full arc of a mans life, and mostly in chronological order. But Singh defends the choice. I always felt you had to tell the full biopic, he said. In order to understand the journey you had to understand the foundation. Though respectful in many ways, the movie is willing to look at Mandelas foibles, particularly a failed first marriage and a fraught relationship with several of his children. Mandela said I failed my family to serve the revolution, and we wanted to show that, Singh said.
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Mandela movie to open this month in South Africa
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A reader asked Africa Check to investigate. The claims NEF chief executive Philisiwe Mthethwa has been quoted as saying that “[a] total of 12000 jobs were sustained over a period of two years during production of the film”. According to Mthethwa, the NEF approved a loan of R50-million for the film “because the commercial merits of the [loan] application were as compelling as the patriotic and heritage value of the story”. The trade and industry department, which backed the film ” to the amount of R60-million, in terms of a highly competitive rebate system”, also claimed it had created 12000 jobs. “[T]he beauty of this job-creation exercise was that all these jobs were transferred from highly-skilled international practitioners to local people,” the department stated in a press release. It also tweeted that “[t]he production of Long Walk to Freedom has created 12000 local jobs” and attributed the claim to Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. The crew In response to questions, Moemise Motsepe, a spokesperson for the NEF, provided Africa Check with a copy of a letter from Robert Naidoo, one of the film’s co-producers. Dated December 9 2013, it stated that 11721 South Africans were employed during the production of the film. Of that number, 668 crew members were employed for an average period of 30 weeks at a gross cost of R50586051. On average, each person therefore received a total of R75728. Another 131 people, described as “cast members”, were employed for an average of 18 weeks at a cost of R5371226. That works out to an average payment of R41002 per person. A further 10922 people were employed as extras with an average period of employment of two days at a gross cost of R4790245. That is an average of R439 per person.
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Mandela, 95, has stayed in a hospital in Pretoria, the capital, several times since December and remains critically ill at his Johannesburg home. Singh and members of the cast spoke at a news conference in Johannesburg Saturday hosted by the Nelson Mandela