Celebrating the crew behind the service: up close & personal with our chaperones in 3 short films

Celebrating the crew behind the service: up close & personal with our chaperones in 3 short films

You can view our first short film featuring Capetonian Andrew Raeburn here.

Ask any South African producer which crew they call first when a job is looking likely. Right up there with the Art Director, DP and other key crew are the chaperones – and that’s if the client hasn’t already called them. It’s not surprising when you consider that chaperones probably spend more time with the clients than anyone else on a shoot.

Chaperones play a crucial role in a client’s journey when they come to Cape Town.  We decided to take a closer look at this South African production service phenomenon and spent some time with three of Cape Town’s finest: What makes them tick, what do they do, what are some of the million anecdotes they must be able to tell? That however was where they drew the line. Integrity is their middle name and therein lies one of the many secrets to their success.

What does a chaperone do? Let’s start with tour-guide, driver, friend, butler, production assistant, personal shopper, therapist, safe-space, production liaison, surf instructor, precision driver… slightly more than the oft-misconstrued assumption of being just a driver.

In the 18th century, chaperones would escort young ladies when they ventured out into society to ensure they were never alone with a gentleman. Fast forward a couple of hundred years and here they are in South African production, tasked with looking after our international clients. They are quite literally the first person they meet on arrival in Cape Town and the last person they see before they board the plane.

There’s the tangible, more obvious side of the role: as Marco Bacchetta says, “a client arrives here, they may not know anything about this country – and now they’ve been given someone who is here to help them with whatever they need. To make sure they get to wherever they are meant to be and do all the things they want to do.” Chaperones work together with production, from driving the clients around as per the production schedule, helping them with whatever they need, taking them sightseeing on a down-day to booking restaurants. They have the ability and contacts to secure & then cancel a table for 12 at Cape Town’s most sought-after restaurant and then book it again the following night, without upsetting the maître ‘d.

Then there’s the intangible, the magic.  As Elmarie Raubenheimer puts it, “We create a secure environment for the clients in which they can work without worrying about lunch or sunscreen or did I bring my hat? They are out of their normal comfort zone. We’re a constant in a milieu that changes constantly.”

Discretion is non-negotiable. “Clients need a safe space” explains Andrew Raeburn. “The big part of chaperoning is the integrity.” Clients need to be able to have conversations while being driven around and be secure in the knowledge that they go no further. As Marco says, “My ears are blocked when I’m in the car.”

It takes a special kind of person to be a chaperone and service runs in their DNA – which explains why work for many of them doesn’t stop when they get home. During lockdown, Acghmat Van Der Schyff and Bash Kariel set up the NPO “Servants of Sustenance” and run a weekly soup kitchen in their local community; Andrew Raeburn set up the NPO “123Braai” when he came across a community living out in the bush near Atlantis Dunes. Elmarie Raubenheimer is the emergency liaison in her local community Neighbourhood Watch. Marco Bacchetta’s “Marco’s Kitchen” employs a team of ladies to makes his delicious aubergines based on an old family recipe that now sell in Spars and farmstalls around Cape Town.

Elmarie sums it up for us: “Cape Town is very lucky to have some of the best chaperones in the world and together we’re a great team and a force to be reckoned with.”

With thanks to all Cape Town chaperones, and to Elmarie Raubenheimer, Andrew Raeburn and Marco Bacchetta for giving us insight into their world.

The first of Moonlighting’s short films: Celebrating the crew behind the service: Up close and personal with our chaperones #Andrew Raeburn can be seen here.

France, Germany, Israel, UK, USA & most other countries now open for travel to and from South Africa

France, Germany, Israel, UK, USA & most other countries now open for travel to and from South Africa

France, Germany, Israel, Sweden, UK, USA & most other countries are now open for travel to and from South Africa! WELCOME BACK!

The good news just keeps on coming as more countries open up travel to and from South Africa. In most cases, there is no quarantine for the fully vaccinated and / or on presentation of a negative covid test.

Here is our updated travel grid with rules and links:

  • Most countries have now waived the need for quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers returning from South Africa. We have included details of many of them here.
  • NB – This list is subject to change at any time and is for guidance purposes only. We also add more countries daily as we gather the updated info.
  • A person is only considered fully vaccinated after the designated amount of time has passed after their single dose vaccine or second double-dose vaccine. Please check that you have the required, approved vaccination documentation.
Country Any quarantine? Rules for citizens arriving from South Africa    
Austria No quarantine for “boosted” citizens As of 25 December, Austrian and EU citizens & business travellers may enter Austria from South Africa without quarantine provided they are have received their booster vaccination (2nd vax for Johnson & Johnson or 3rd vax for other brands) and a present a negative PCR no older than 48 jours. For full info, See source site here.    
Belgium No Quarantine for the fully vaccinated Arrivals must complete a Passnger Locator Form,  must be fully vaccinated and must take a test on day 1; a negative test means no quarantine. Info can be found here.    
Canada Quarantine for arrivals from South Africa Canadian citizens can enter Canada from South Africa subject to a negative PCR test and quarantine. See source site here. All arrivals must also download the ArriveCAN app and fill out the necessary information.    
Denmark No quarantine for fully vaccinated residents of Denmark / EU Updated 27 Dec 21: No quarantine for fully vaccinated or recently recovered Danish and EU residents subject to a PCR no more than 72 hours old or a Rapid Antigens test no more than 48 hours old. For residents of other countries, strict proof of vaccination required as per set regulations. Source info here.    
Egypt Quarantine for arrivals from South Africa  Travellers can enter Egypt from South Africa subject to a PCR test no older than 72 hours or an Antigens test no older than 24 hours and must enter quarantine for 14 days. See here for info.    
Finland No quarantine for the fully vaccinated Travellers may enter Finland from any country without quarantine if they are fully vaccinated and present a negative PCR or Antigens test no older than 48 hours. Other rules apply for the unvaccinated depending on where they are traveling from. Source info here.    
France No quarantine or compelling reason for the fully vaccinated South Africa was removed from the French scarlet list on Thursday 6 Jan. Fully vaccinated travellers will no longer have to provide a compelling reason to travel or quarantine on their return subject to presenting a negative PCR or antigens test no older than 48 hours, Click here for all information.    
Germany No quarantine subject to proof of vaccination or proof of recovery

As of 4 Jan 22, Germany no longer lists South Africa as a country with a variant of concern. No quarantine is required for fully vaccinated travellers or those with proof of recovery. Travellers must otherwise enter quarantine which can be terminated early subject to a negative PCR test on Day 5. source site here.

More specific info here.

   
Ireland No quarantine subject to proof of vaccination or recovery + negative PCR or Antigens test** As of 27 Dec 21, South Africa is no longer on the list of designated states. This means that arrivals from South Africa are not required to quarantine provided you present proof of full vaccination or recovery and a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours old or negative Antigens test no older than 48 hours. ** for full info check source site here.    
Israel No quarantine for the fully vaccinated (from 9 Jan 22) All fully vaccinated travellers can enter Israel. Arrivals must take a PCR test at the airport and must then quarantine for 24 hours until receipt of the results. A negative result will end your quarantine. Full info here.    
Lebanon No quarantine if fully vaccinated Arrivals from South Africa are exempt from testing or quarantine provided they are fully vaccinated. See info here.    
Netherlands Quarantine regulations currently in place Residents of the Netherlands may enter from South Africa subject to negative PCR tests (no older than 48 hours) and rapid tests (no older than 24 hours), and mandatory quarantine for as long as South Africa is deemed a country with a variant of concern. Quarantine may be reduced to 5 days subject to a negative test on Day 5.  source site here.     
Norway No quarantine for the fully vaccinated subject to conditions (as of 22 Dec 21) Norwegian citizens can enter Norway from South Africa without having to quarantine subject to being fully vaccinated + testing negative on arrival. ALL arriving passengers must have registered at entrynorway.no. Info from source site here.    
Poland No quarantine for the fully vaccinated – conditions apply. Travellers returning from South Africa do not have to quarantine provided they have been fully vaccinated with an EU approved vaccine, present a negative test no older than 24 hours and test negative again on arrival. source site here    
Sweden No quarantine for the fully vaccinated Swedish citizens can enter Sweden from South Africa without having to quarantine if fully vaccinated. Info from source site here.    
Switzerland No quarantine for the fully vaccinated Swiss nationals can return to Switzerland from South Africa without quarantine if fully vaccinated. For all other nationalities and statuses, please check     
UAE There is currently a travel ban to Dubai from South Africa . View source site here    
UK No quarantine for the fully vaccinated Fully vaccinated travellers arriving from South Africa do not have to quarantine subject to arriving with a negative test no older than 48 hours + having a booking for a PCR test in the UK on arrival + completing a Passenger Locator Form 2 days before arrival  . View source site here    
USA No quarantine for the fully vaccinated The USA recommends that no-one travels without being fully vaccinated. All air passengers coming to the USA, including U.S. citizens, must present a negative PCR test that was taken within 24 hours of your departure flight.  View source site here    

ENTRY TO SOUTH AFRICA
Entry is open to all countries subject to the usual visa requirements. All travellers arriving in South Africa must complete an arrivals form & present the following:

  • a certificate of a negative PCR Covid test dated within 72 hours of departure for South Africa.
  • Proof of travel insurance with medical cover
  • Proof of accommodation

AIRLINES: Most airlines are flying to South Africa, including
Air France, British Airways, Delta, Ethiopian Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways (from 13 Jan), Turkish Airways, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic

SAFETY PROTOCOLS
We remain on Level 1 which means minimum restrictions. Everything is open and there is no more curfew 🙂 South African safety protocols continue as before:
– Masks must be work in public with social distancing
– On set, we apply full safety protocols as mandated by the Commercial Producers Association and the City of Cape Town. You can read our production safety protocols here.

SHOOTING
Shooting continued throughout December with full safety protocols in place (with production & agency flying to South Africa and clients joining remotely). We are currently prepping for our first shoot of 2022 as our January season begins to pick up.

VISA REQUIREMENTS (for film industry visitors travelling to South Africa with FIVA affiliated production companies).

Producers, Directors, Photographers, DOP’s, Client, Agency are categorised as Oversight & the following rules apply:
Nationals of a visa-exempt country:
you will need to present an Oversight Visa Letter of Authority to immigration on arrival; this will be provided by your service company.
Nationals of a non-visa-exempt country:
you will need to apply for a visa in advance from a South African Embassy as usual.

Actors, models, Assistant Directors, Stylists, Hair & make-up, Camera Operators and other roles – new rules apply:
1) Nationals from the list of 17 visa-exempt countries*
may come in as Oversight for stays of up to 14 days (or 21 days with motivation from your service company), meaning no need for advance visa applications.
2)Nationals of all other countries
must apply for specialist visas in advance from their nearest South African Embassy as usual.

*The 17 visa exempt countries for which the new rule applies: USA, UK, Germany, France, Sweden, Netherlands, Canada, Italy, Poland, Denmark, Belgium, Spain, Australia, Brazil, Norway, Ireland, Switzerland.

For any information on flying to or from South Africa and Visa requirements please contact beccy@moonlighting.co.z

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW about travelling to South Africa (updated 19 Jan 22)

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW about travelling to South Africa (updated 19 Jan 22)

SOUTH AFRICA’S OMICRON PEAK HAS PASSED AND NUMBERS ARE DECREASING DAILY.  MOST COUNTRIES HAVE RE-OPENED TO SOUTH AFRICA AND WE ARE SHOOTING!

Happy New Year! We hope you’re all well and have had a happy, peaceful festive season.
We are really happy to say that South Africa’s Covid Omicron peak has passed. Numbers have been decreasing since 12 December and on 31 December, South Africa’s NICD announced that the peak had passed.
Here’s a quick update on what you need to know now:

France, Germany, Israel, Sweden, UK, USA & most other countries are now open for travel to and from South Africa! WELCOME BACK!

  • Most countries have now waived the need for quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers returning from South Africa. We have included details of many of them here.
  • NB – This list is subject to change at any time and is for guidance purposes only. We also add more countries daily as we gather the updated info.
  • A person is only considered fully vaccinated after the designated amount of time has passed after their single dose vaccine or second double-dose vaccine. Please check that you have the required, approved vaccination documentation.
Country Any quarantine? Rules for citizens arriving from South Africa    
Austria No quarantine for “boosted” citizens As of 25 December, Austrian and EU citizens & business travellers may enter Austria from South Africa without quarantine provided they are have received their booster vaccination (2nd vax for Johnson & Johnson or 3rd vax for other brands) and a present a negative PCR no older than 48 jours. For full info, See source site here.    
Belgium No Quarantine for the fully vaccinated Arrivals must complete a Passnger Locator Form,  must be fully vaccinated and must take a test on day 1; a negative test means no quarantine. Info can be found here.    
Canada Quarantine for arrivals from South Africa Canadian citizens can enter Canada from South Africa subject to a negative PCR test and quarantine. See source site here. All arrivals must also download the ArriveCAN app and fill out the necessary information.    
Denmark No quarantine for fully vaccinated residents of Denmark / EU Updated 27 Dec 21: No quarantine for fully vaccinated or recently recovered Danish and EU residents subject to a PCR no more than 72 hours old or a Rapid Antigens test no more than 48 hours old. For residents of other countries, strict proof of vaccination required as per set regulations. Source info here.    
Egypt Quarantine for arrivals from South Africa  Travellers can enter Egypt from South Africa subject to a PCR test no older than 72 hours or an Antigens test no older than 24 hours and must enter quarantine for 14 days. See here for info.    
Finland No quarantine for the fully vaccinated Travellers may enter Finland from any country without quarantine if they are fully vaccinated and present a negative PCR or Antigens test no older than 48 hours. Other rules apply for the unvaccinated depending on where they are traveling from. Source info here.    
France No quarantine or compelling reason for the fully vaccinated South Africa was removed from the French scarlet list on Thursday 6 Jan. Fully vaccinated travellers will no longer have to provide a compelling reason to travel or quarantine on their return subject to presenting a negative PCR or antigens test no older than 48 hours, Click here for all information.    
Germany No quarantine subject to proof of vaccination or proof of recovery

As of 4 Jan 22, Germany no longer lists South Africa as a country with a variant of concern. No quarantine is required for fully vaccinated travellers or those with proof of recovery. Travellers must otherwise enter quarantine which can be terminated early subject to a negative PCR test on Day 5. source site here.

More specific info here.

   
Ireland No quarantine subject to proof of vaccination or recovery + negative PCR or Antigens test** As of 27 Dec 21, South Africa is no longer on the list of designated states. This means that arrivals from South Africa are not required to quarantine provided you present proof of full vaccination or recovery and a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours old or negative Antigens test no older than 48 hours. ** for full info check source site here.    
Israel No quarantine for the fully vaccinated (from 9 Jan 22) All fully vaccinated travellers can enter Israel. Arrivals must take a PCR test at the airport and must then quarantine for 24 hours until receipt of the results. A negative result will end your quarantine. Full info here.    
Lebanon No quarantine if fully vaccinated Arrivals from South Africa are exempt from testing or quarantine provided they are fully vaccinated. See info here.    
Netherlands Quarantine regulations currently in place Residents of the Netherlands may enter from South Africa subject to negative PCR tests (no older than 48 hours) and rapid tests (no older than 24 hours), and mandatory quarantine for as long as South Africa is deemed a country with a variant of concern. Quarantine may be reduced to 5 days subject to a negative test on Day 5.  source site here.     
Norway No quarantine for the fully vaccinated subject to conditions (as of 22 Dec 21) Norwegian citizens can enter Norway from South Africa without having to quarantine subject to being fully vaccinated + testing negative on arrival. ALL arriving passengers must have registered at entrynorway.no. Info from source site here.    
Poland No quarantine for the fully vaccinated – conditions apply. Travellers returning from South Africa do not have to quarantine provided they have been fully vaccinated with an EU approved vaccine, present a negative test no older than 24 hours and test negative again on arrival. source site here    
Sweden No quarantine for the fully vaccinated Swedish citizens can enter Sweden from South Africa without having to quarantine if fully vaccinated. Info from source site here.    
Switzerland No quarantine for the fully vaccinated Swiss nationals can return to Switzerland from South Africa without quarantine if fully vaccinated. For all other nationalities and statuses, please check     
UAE There is currently a travel ban to Dubai from South Africa . View source site here    
UK No quarantine for the fully vaccinated Fully vaccinated travellers arriving from South Africa do not have to quarantine subject to arriving with a negative test no older than 48 hours + having a booking for a PCR test in the UK on arrival + completing a Passenger Locator Form 2 days before arrival  . View source site here    
USA No quarantine for the fully vaccinated The USA recommends that no-one travels without being fully vaccinated. All air passengers coming to the USA, including U.S. citizens, must present a negative PCR test that was taken within 24 hours of your departure flight.  View source site here    

ENTRY TO SOUTH AFRICA
Entry is open to all countries subject to the usual visa requirements. All travellers arriving in South Africa must complete an arrivals form & present the following:

  • a certificate of a negative PCR Covid test dated within 72 hours of departure for South Africa.
  • Proof of travel insurance with medical cover
  • Proof of accommodation

AIRLINES: Most airlines are flying to South Africa, including
Air France, British Airways, Delta, Ethiopian Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airways, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic

SAFETY PROTOCOLS
We remain on Level 1 which means minimum restrictions. Everything is open and there is no more curfew 🙂 South African safety protocols continue as before:
– Masks must be work in public with social distancing
– On set, we apply full safety protocols as mandated by the Commercial Producers Association and the City of Cape Town. You can read our production safety protocols here.

SHOOTING
Shooting continued throughout December with full safety protocols in place (with production & agency flying to South Africa and clients joining remotely). We are currently prepping for our first shoot of 2022 as our January season begins to pick up.

VISA REQUIREMENTS (for film industry visitors travelling to South Africa with FIVA affiliated production companies).

Producers, Directors, Photographers, DOP’s, Client, Agency are categorised as Oversight & the following rules apply:
Nationals of a visa-exempt country:
you will need to present an Oversight Visa Letter of Authority to immigration on arrival; this will be provided by your service company.
Nationals of a non-visa-exempt country:
you will need to apply for a visa in advance from a South African Embassy as usual.

Actors, models, Assistant Directors, Stylists, Hair & make-up, Camera Operators and other roles – new rules apply:
1) Nationals from the list of 17 visa-exempt countries*
may come in as Oversight for stays of up to 14 days (or 21 days with motivation from your service company), meaning no need for advance visa applications.
2)Nationals of all other countries
must apply for specialist visas in advance from their nearest South African Embassy as usual.

*The 17 visa exempt countries for which the new rule applies: USA, UK, Germany, France, Sweden, Netherlands, Canada, Italy, Poland, Denmark, Belgium, Spain, Australia, Brazil, Norway, Ireland, Switzerland.

For any information on flying to or from South Africa and Visa requirements please contact beccy@moonlighting.co.za

 

May 21st is World Diversity Day. We’re proud to be using #diversitytype today

May 21st is World Diversity Day. We’re proud to be using #diversitytype today

In honour of World Diversity Day, we’re proud to show off our Moonlighting logo in Diversity Type – the world’s most diverse typeface that was created specially for World Diversity Day by UK agency Distillery with designs from creatives across the world.

To create the logo, Distillery called upon designers from every part of the world and sourced creators from underrepresented networks to help design each unique letter. 308 creatives across 54 countries were involved in the project.

Distillery founder Steve Wheen explains:”We  embarked on this project to further the conversation and importance of diversity and
inclusion within the creative industry. Diversity isn’t something to be solved; it’s an ongoing journey that will be forever changing, and the industry needs to recognise this. We hope that by creating awareness around this initiative, we will encourage others to think about how we can positively promote diversity and cultural intelligence, and act on improving their knowledge and understanding of diversity in all walks of life.”

In partnership with the Diversity Standards Collective, an organisation specialising in connecting brands to diverse audience research, the Diversity Type Project will raise money for three organizations around the world who champion diversity, the Disaster Emergency Committee, The Diversity Trust and UN Women.

#diversitytype #worlddiversityday wearedistillery.co

 

CNN: “South Africa reminds us what is possible!”

CNN: “South Africa reminds us what is possible!”

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE CNN REPORT or click on the image.

At last – the media is acknowledging South Africa’s low Covid numbers despite the so-called “South African variant”- and the success of wearing masks and social distancing. Thank you CNN! As medical commentator Dr Sanjay Gupta explains:  “They detected the variant in October, had a surge and now it’s come way way down. And that steep decline is not because of vaccines….This a reminder that basic public health measures work. South Africa reminds us what is possible”

 

 

FACTS A-Z: Shooting safely in South Africa now: from flights to streaming, Covid testing & virtual safaris …

FACTS A-Z: Shooting safely in South Africa now: from flights to streaming, Covid testing & virtual safaris …

AIRLINES: Lufthansa, Air France, Qatar Airlines are among the airlines that are flying in and out of South Africa, with Emirates resuming flights from 28 February and Qatar increasing to 28 weekly flights from 1st March. There have been many changes but replacement flights are always booked.

AIRPORTS AND IMMIGRATION: South Africa is open to all travellers (business and tourist) of all nationalities, subject to presentation of a negative PCR Covid test dated within 72 hours of their departure flight; the usual visa requirements apply. All arriving passengers will be screened at the airport; provided they do not have any symptoms and can present all necessary documents, they will be allowed to enter the country without any quarantine.

Where travellers must be able to prove that they are traveling for work. we have been providing invitation letters as well as the Visa Letters of Authority.

BEACHES: have remained open for filming throughout and are now fully open to the public.

BRINGING AFRICA TO THE AGENCY: for the agency and clients who cannot travel, we recently arranged a virtual safari with the film industry’s own Luke Cornell over lunchtime on one of our shoot days. One US client also arranged to have gift packs including some of the Moonlighting kit delivered to their clients in various cities in the USA.

COVID TESTING – Antigens & PCR Covid tests are readily available in South Africa. Testing crew with Antigens or PCR tests before a shoot is the “new normal” and crew are well-used to it. We arrange pre-flight PCR tests for our clients either at clinics or with doctors who come to them. To date, all crew and clients have tested negative, through our early January peak as well as now, at the end of our second wave.

COVID PROTOCOLS: NO MASK, NO ENTRY – Masks, social distancing and sanitizing are mandatory throughout South Africa. This has become very normal and it’s surprising how quickly we all get used to it.  At Moonlighting, we screen everyone when they arrive at the office and have created safe, screened workstations with numbers limited in all areas to allow several production teams to work comfortably and safely.

CURFEW: Our curfew applies from 11pm – 4am but can be worked around for shoots. Restaurants close slightly earlier than normal to allow staff to get home before curfew.

LEISURE TIME: We will let our client’s comments speak for themselves:

“While we all wish we could be in CapeTown without any restrictions, we had a chance to see all the beautiful nature, all the different neighborhoods and beaches, and tried a few delicious restaurants. I felt like I had a complete Cape Town experience albeit with a mask. The restrictions are something we all learned to live with and are very comparable to what we have to follow in the US.” – Veronika Fontaine, Mekanism

PRODUCTION SAFETY PROTOCOLS – We test all crew and talent prior to shooting. On shoot days, we employ Covid safety officers who screen all those who come to set upon arrival and who ensure that our government approved safety protocols are strictly followed at all times.   All locations are assessed by Covid safety officers to determine maximum safe numbers with a maximum limit of 75 at any one location or basecamp. Screening on arrival at set has been streamlined to ensure that it does not cause any delays.

RESTAURANTS: are all open and apply strict protocols. Tables are spaced out, all staff wear masks and patrons wear masks when they are not at their tables.

RESTRICTIONS: while officially on “Level 3” our restrictions are minimal and mainly based around social distancing and mask wearing. Gatherings are limited by numbers; we have a curfew from 11pm – 4am (which can be worked around for shoots); alcohol is available from liquor stores from Monday to Thursday and daily from restaurants and wine farms.

SHOPS: are all open. Numbers are limited to allow for social distancing and you must sanitise at the door.

SOUTH AFRICAN COVID NUMBERS:  our numbers are right down.  Numbers at 22 Feb are:

New cases: current daily rate of around 1200 new cases per day with a total of 42728 active cases. 

Western Cape: current daily rate of 110 – 250 new cases per day with approx. 4900 active cases.

When comparing numbers and deaths per million, South Africa remains much lower than many 1st world countries and our numbers continue to decline daily while essentially being open.

STREAMING: Moonlighting’s focus is on recreating the onset experience no matter where the participants are, with a robust video embedded communication system. 49 streaming days later with 100% uptime, we have managed to refine this into a world class offering. While no-one can 100% guarantee bandwidth, we have always managed to harvest it if it’s there. Even the notoriously difficult Kogelbaai Beach was conquered using a microwave link.  Our experience over the past few months’ shoots has covered the full range of situations and options; it’s like pioneering all over again!

Some client feedback on streaming:

“We were able to have seamless communication with our team in SF who were joining remotely.” – Veronika Fontaine, Mekanism

“the infrastructure Moonlighting has set up for streaming for the Video Village is amazing and better than anything I have experienced. It’s really well set up and has worked really well.”- Michaela McKee, 1stAveMachine

VACCINATION PROGRAMME: South Africa’s vaccination drive is in its second week with vaccines that have been proved to be effective against the so-called South African variant. South Africa has so far secured 9 million J&J vaccines, some 20 million Pfizer vaccines, a further 12 million from the global WHO COVAX scheme and more through the African Union.

VILLAS & HOTELS – most hotels are open and offering competitive rates. Some clients – especially those who have come for a few projects – have chosen to stay in gorgeous villas with pools and are making the most of the South African summer.

VIRUS VARIANTS: there has been much talk of the South African variant which, international scientists have emphasised, was discovered here but did not necessarily originate from here. South Africans are being vaccinated with vaccines that have been proven to be effective against the variant.

“Despite the news regarding this new variant of Covid, I never felt in danger because everything had been put in place to ensure that we were as safe as possible. I was able to focus on the work without being stressed by Covid.” – Maud Chalard, Photographer / Director

 

 

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