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Opinion and Insight

How to Keep Your Set Safe Whilst Filming in Namibia

Namib Films, 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Namib Films' Executive Producer Guy Nockels on why safety is always the top priority on set

How to Keep Your Set Safe Whilst Filming in Namibia

In our industry and experience, most productions run smoothly and apart from a few splinters or a sunburn here and there, when the footage is in the can, crews leave with a smile on their faces.

As the saying goes, one should always prepare for the worst and expect the best. Even more so when a certain degree of danger is expected.

When it comes to international productions in Namibia, one could say that it’s even more important than ever to make sure that provision is made for trained medics in the budget. We don’t say this because Namibian productions shouldn’t worry about it, but because these big productions employ large crews, usually have more intense scenes and if something should go wrong, this could have a very negative impact on our local industry.

Linette Booysen of Movie Medics Namibia, whom we use regularly for productions facilitated by our own production companies, recently commented on a social media post we made regarding health professionals and medics working on film sets in Namibia:

“… Just to touch on the matter raised by Magic Touch Films, kindly be informed that according to the Allied Health Professions Act 2004 (Act No.7 of 2004), Section 18 (1), ‘No person is entitled to practice within Namibia a register-able Health profession, unless that person is registered in terms of this Act’.”

She also continued by saying that “the public is urged to report to the Police or the Health Professions Council of Namibia persons who in their opinion are practising any related professions without being registered with any relevant Council for prosecution in terms relevant sections of the Acts.”

What made us bring this up?

A few months ago one of our teams went to Botswana on a production and was quite surprised to learn how strictly that country enforces a similar law, i.e. if you’re not registered as a medical professional – you don’t work as one!

It made us think (and wonder) whether production companies facilitating in Namibia or international crews actually know the rules of the game when it comes to medics and health professionals on set!

We can only hope so and use this opportunity to educate instead of berate. After all, on the day that something does go horribly wrong on set (that prepare for the worst part of the saying) no producer or company should be in a position to explain why they were operating outside the law.

The legal Service Department of the Health Professions Councils of Namibia can be contacted for more information at Tel: +264 61 245 586 or at legal@hpcna.com.na.

What’s our view? Feel free to contact us. After all, if you didn’t think about it, and you’re planning a production, never underestimate the power of local knowledge.

Guy Nockels is the Executive Producer at Namib Films

Genre: People , Strategy/Insight