Botha’s Hill roads closed for movie shoot

2013-11-25 00:00

THE hills will come alive with activity this week as a film crew from Delimanzi Films descends on Botha’s Hill to shoot several scenes for a documentary-drama about former president Nelson Mandela.

Dereck O’Connor, the unit manager, said small sections of some roads will be closed to the public during filming.

Tomorrow, a section of the R103, between 1 000 Hills Chef School and Phezulu Safari Park, will be closed from app­roximately 7.30 am to 5.30 pm.

On Wednesday and Thursday, a section of road between Alverstone Station turn-off and Kudu Place will also be closed from 7.30 am to 5.30 pm.

Police and other emergency officials will be allowed to pass in the case of an emergency.

The alternative route to Durban during these hours will be the N3.

“We have received permission from the Durban Metro Police and the Durban Film Office, and will try our utmost to accommodate [residents] and inconvenience the residents as little as possible during the filming.

“We understand that people need to get to work and school. That is why we are informing people ahead of time,” said O’Connor.

According to O’Connor, the documentary is based on Mandela’s life in the sixties.

The film focuses on a Russian pistol that was given to Mandela in Botswana, which he smuggled back into South Africa and buried on Lilliesleaf Farm in Johannesburg, before he was arrested near Ho­wick.

Subsequently, the pistol was never recovered.

So, the documentary explores the on-going search for the mysterious gun, said O’Connor.

The film sites in Botha’s Hill were selected based on the fact that the original historical locations have been developed and built up.

Therefore, the filming sites reflect the historical locations more acc­urately as they were back in the sixties than do the real places.

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