For the first time in South Africa, there is the possibility of a statutory mechanism that secures the economic content of the rights that performers are routinely required to transfer to the producer. Through the Copyright Amendment Bill we have a realistic hope of negotiating equitable contracts.
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Submissions by the South African Guild of Actors to Government Notice Number R1591 dated 11 December, 2019 entitled: "Intention to Deem Persons in the Film and Television Industry as Employees for provisions of some parts of the BCEA and LRA".
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought with it the requirement for a new work protocol to mitigate the impact of the virus on the country and its people.
The attached protocol guidelines to the film and television production sector in respect of providing a safe workplace and to minimize the risk of COVID-19 while working in the screen sector. These guidelines are subject to revision and amendment from time to time.
The Theatre Benevolent Fund in association with SA Guild of Actors and the PMA has started a collection drive to supply food vouchers to artists in desperate need. The situation is already urgent, and most artists may not be able to earn an income for up to 3 months after we have defeated the virus. The TBF board feels the current situation justifies special action.
SAGA is presenting a case to government, aimed at securing financial relief for freelance actors who have been negatively affected by the Covid-19 National Disaster.
Actors, please fill in the linked form to help us in compiling data for presentation.
The measures proposed in the minister’s statement are based on the announcement by the president on 15 March 2020 which declared a National State of Disaster. The announcement of 15 March restricted public and private gatherings to less than 100 people and Min. Mthethwa describes this necessary measure as being a ‘fatal blow’ to the sector.
The Copyright Amendment Bill and the Performers Protection Amendment Bill ensure that actors will never again be forced to sign away all their rights. It is essential that this power imbalance is confronted and addressed through legislative reforms.
South Africa and other countries are currently considering proposals to convert from a “fair dealing” to a “fair use” user rights system. Some critics of the change fill their arguments with hyperbole without describing the facts about what is really at stake.
Through various channels, SAGA has been lobbying government and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to effect changes to the existing Performers Protection Act, which dates back to 1967 and which fails to protect the rights of actors in today’s environment.