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- More local content: Namibia and Zimbabwe sign broadcast MoU

Content development - covering news, current affairs and culture – and knowledge exchange is to form the basis of a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) and the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC).

Telling African stories in their own tongue is key to the cooperation between the two television networks, according to Albertus Aochamub, director general, NBC, who says ZBC and NBC will learn from each other in training and cooperation ventures.

"It is always assumed that we run to the big broadcasters such as the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), but we believe that there is a lot that we can learn from each other," he is quoted as saying by New Era.

The two countries, he said, will tell stories of Africa 'on the move', and share those positive narratives with other countries in Southern Africa.

Happison Muchechetere, group chief executive of ZBC, said the MoU is the culmination of a many exchanges between the NBC and the ZBC.

He said through the agreement, the two broadcasting institutions would exchange knowledge in order to build a future Africa. He also hoped the Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA), of which Aochamub is the president, would help facilitate similar memorandums of understanding between other member states.

 

- Tax incentives of up to 22.5% to encourage TV production in South Africa are to be announced soon by the government, according to a UK based publication.

South Africa's Department for Trade and Industry (DTI) is finalising documents to introduce a new foreign production rebate of 20%, rising to 22.5% if the programme is also post produced in the country, reports Broadcast. The rebate will be offered to those producers who have not already met the co-production status criteria that provides a 25% tax break. In addition, 25% credit will be offered for South African post production work on any television programme, reports the trade journal.

Local producers have reportedly been advised that the scheme will be unveiled to further encourage TV production to the country, although there has been no comment yet from the DTI.
The news follows the announcement last month that the UK is to introduce a tax credit scheme for TV production and animation companies in a bid to keep creative talent in Britain.