‘Respect visitors’ - film festival CEO

2016-05-12 06:00

THE Ugu Film Festival has made its mark on the map and founder and CEO Senzo Zindela has asked people to be on their best behaviour when it comes to visitors, be it for business or pleasure, to the South Coast.
Zindela said he had to put this message across after two business associates, who came to the festival last year, threatened not to return to the South Coast.

“Sollywood Films is achieving its long-term goal of attracting local and international film makers to the coast. This long-term plan is for the benefit of everyone living in the area and film producers coming to the area are business people and executives in their country.

“My warning to our community is that they must be cautious of what they say or do to them because whatever we do or say to them might keep, or chase them away,” said Zindela.

He said last year one of his VIP guests from U.S. called him on his last day on the coast and reported that a local politician came to him and told him negative things about the South Coast.

He also complained about the driver who transported the guests saying the driver was speaking on his cellphone while driving at high speed and failed to listen to him.

Zindela said all of this gives a bad impression of people on the South Coast.

“Keeping them interested in doing their productions in the area is good for business and for the benefit of everyone on the coast. Chasing them away is not a good option, local people must be very careful not to send a negative picture about the area to guests.”

Another guest from Japan was allegedly harassed by local women asking for money, marriage and other things. This visitor also threatened not to return.

Zindela said he has worked hard to bring these people to the South Coast and would appreciate it if people co-operated and were always on their best behaviour.

“I managed to convince them both to ignore unprofessional, greedy people from the area who need to be notified how they must behave.

“I ask locals not to take advantage of these people.”

“UGUFF and Sollywood Films condemn barbaric business behaviour,” said Zindela.

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