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President Cyril Ramaphosa visits Netflix live-action One Piece series shoot in Cape Town

President Cyril Ramaphosa visits Netflix live-action One Piece series shoot in Cape Town

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President Cyril Ramaphosa visits Netflix live-action One Piece series shoot in Cape Town—

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to visit the set of Netflix’s live-action anime series One Piece which is currently shooting on location at the Cape Town Film Studios.

The president’s visit allows Netflix, as the world’s leading global streaming service, and its local partners Film Afrika to showcase the Project Panda production and its contribution to South Africa’s creative industry.

The visit follows Netflix’s announcement six months ago of funding that will support the Independent Black Filmmakers Collective.

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Funds will also be funnelled towards film and television scholarships and cancelling student debts.

“The visit by the President will highlight the impact of this venture on the local economy,” his office said.

The President will be guided on an interactive tour that will include visual effects and stunt demonstrations and a conversation with four (of the more than 30) trainees who are part of the massive project.

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The aim is to give President Ramaphosa a deeper understanding of the impact of Netflix’s investments in the creative industries and adjacent industries, including tourism, small business, and supply chain economies.

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The President will be hosted by the Netflix team and Film Afrika during the hour-long set tour.

One Piece is Netflix’s biggest production project in Africa to date – both in terms of scale and budget, covering South African labour, infrastructure and suppliers.

One Piece, which is set in Cape Town, involves more than 50 South African cast members; more than 1 000 crew member jobs (consisting of 67% previously disadvantaged individuals and 46% youth employees), as well an Academy of Creative Excellence (ACE) mentorship programme for more than 30 young creatives and technicians in collaboration with the SA Film Academy during 2022.

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