Internationally-renowned Indian-origin film magnate Anant Singh has received a special award from President Cyril Ramaphosa for generating over 100 billion rands in economic activity.
Ramaphosa presented Singh and his company Videovision Entertainment with the South Africa Investment Conference Business Award for developing Cape Town Film Studios, which has been the catalyst over the past 12 years for the Western Cape province of South Africa to benefit from the significant multiplier offered by the film industry.
Ramaphosa referred to Singh as “one of our country’s great filmmakers and producers.”
“I thank him for the commitment, that he and others in the creative industries are demonstrating to our country,” Ramaphosa said.
“South Africa has always had a very strong filmmaking community interest, which is continuing to grow bigger by the day, and is great for the industry and the country,” Singh said.
Singh also expressed the hope that the once very popular Bollywood film production locations in South Africa would start growing again, especially with the greater Durban region being home to more than half of the country’s 1.4 million citizens of Indian origin.