National Consultations for the Transformation of the Events Technical and Productions Services Sector


13 September 2021

The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) is supporting the Events Technical Production Transformation Forum (ETPTF) for the development of the Transformation B-BBEE Sector Codes for the industry. In this regard, the Department is organising a series of national consultations to be held between the 27th of September 2021 and 08th of October 2021. In cognisance of COVID 19 pandemic regulations, the consultations will be held Virtually with one Webinar per day for 5 days.

The Webinars will be conducted by a panel of sector experts who have been configured as the Events Technical and Production Transformation (ETPTF) which is representative of key sector Associations in the event technical, production and audio-visual services sector. Participants from various areas of the industry value chain and provincial spread will be invited to participate with approximately 200 participants per Webinar.

The ETPTF has prepared a draft Events Technical and Production Services Industry B-BBEE Sector Code. The draft will be circulated to all invited sector stakeholders in preparation for the deliberations at the Virtual Consultations. The Sector Code will be gazetted and approved as the official Events Technical and Production Services Industry B-BBEE Sector Code. It is envisaged that the process will be completed by end of 2021.

The ETPTF was formally established by the Minister of Trade and Industry to further the objectives of transformation within the Events Technical and Production Services Sector. To this end, the Forum was mandated to draft an Event, Technical and Production Services Industry Sector Code as per Government gazette No. 36928 of October 2013. The process was then handed to the DSAC to provide support to the ETPTF for the facilitation of the national consultations and finalisation of the draft Sector Code prior to Gazetting which will be facilitated by the DTIC.

Associations/ organisations to be consulted include and not limited to:
•         Exhibitions & Events Association of Southern Africa (EXSA)
•         South African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI)
•         International Festival & Events Association - Africa (IFEA- Africa)
•         South African Music Promoters Association (SAMPA)
•         South African Roadies Association (SARA)
•         Southern African Communications Industries Association (SACIA)
•         Trade Union for Musicians of South Africa (TUMSA)
•         Independent Producers Organization (IPO)
•         South African Events Council (SAEC)
•         Council of Event Professionals Africa (CEPA)

The development of the Event, Technical and Production Services Industry Sector Code is based on the definitions, principles and methodologies of transformation codes outlined in the B-BBEE Act No. 53 of 2003 as amended in 2013. Cognisance of its mandate the DTIC employed the Strategy for Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Codes and Industry Charters (BBBEE Codes and Industry Charters) as a vehicle to be applied in responding to the needs for transformation in the Events, Technical and Production Services sector.

The events technical and production services sector forms part of the sport, arts, heritage, cultural & creative industries economic spectrum. They are viewed as a transversal function that has a critical role for the provision of equipment, supporting material and services to facilitate or enable the creation, production, transmission and distribution of various products or goods; that cut across a range of cultural, creative, sport and recreation domains.

South Africa is one of the leading countries in Africa in terms of the events industry and has an impressive list of international events that it has hosted under its belt, such as for example the 2010 World Cup. This can be attributed to that South Africa has a highly competitive and world class events infrastructure such as Stadiums, large scale indoor events facilities such as the Dome, Theatres, large scale conference venues etc.
Although South Africa is one of the leading countries in Africa, it is still perceived that transformation is taking place at a slow pace and there are still areas in the value chain that are not transformed. A sector strategy report commissioned by the DSAC in 2014 confirmed that there is a need for greater intervention in the sector for transformation to occur, particularly in areas such as ownership, leadership, access to events infrastructure, skills development and access to financial resources.

REGISTRATION FOR THE VIRTUAL WEBINARS
•         In order to participate in the virtual webinar, registration is compulsory.
•         For more information contact: Mr. Collen Hlatshwayo (collenh@dsac.gov.za)

For more information Contact:
Mickey Modisane: (Chief Director Marketing and Communications) 082 992 0101
Email: MickeyM@dsac.gov.za

Ms. Zimasa Velaphi (Head of Communications and Marketing) 072 172 8925 Email: ZimasaV@dsac.gov.za

Issued by the National Department of Sport, Arts and Culture