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Activities, Addo, Daily Blog, Nature, Pretoria

Skybok Films Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa


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The National Environmental Management Protected Areas Act mandates SANParks to create destinations for nature-based tourism in a manner that is not harmful to the environment. As SANParks is primarily a self-funding entity generating approximately 80% of its operating budget from its ecotourism business; fulfilment of its conservation mandate is heavily reliant on a thriving and sustainable tourism operations.

SANParks’ business operations are founded on three important core pillars:

  • Conservation – the primary mandate of the organisation is the conservation of South Africa’s biodiversity, landscapes and associated heritage assets through a system of national parks.
  • Responsible Tourism – the organisation has a significant role in the promotion of South Africa’s nature-based tourism, or ecotourism business targeted at both international and domestic tourism markets. The eco-tourism pillar of the business architecture provides for the organisation’s self-generated revenues from commercial operations that are necessary to supplement government funding of conservation management. A significant element of the ecotourism pillar is the Commercialisation Strategy, which (through the implementation of Public Private Partnerships) SANParks has adopted to expand tourism products and the generation of additional revenue for funding of conservation and socio-economic development.
  • Socio-Economic Development – SANParks has taken a strategic decision to expand its role in the developmental support provided to neighbouring communities as an entity of the developmental state. In addition, SANParks is required to build constituencies at international, national and local levels, in support of conservation of the natural and cultural heritage of South Africa through its corporate social investment. It has to ensure that a broad base of South Africans participate and get involved in biodiversity initiatives, and further that all its operations have a synergistic existence with neighbouring or surrounding communities for their educational and socio-economic benefit, hence enabling the broader society to be connected to national parks.

SANParks is on a positive trajectory towards making the management of its conservation and tourism estate relevant to the people of South Africa and the World, by ensuring co-operative governance and the continued flow of socio-economic benefits.

Coffee Shops, Durban, Points of Interest, Restaurants

Skybok Films Remo’s, Duran


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Remo’s is an Italian restaurant founded by Renzo and Franco Scribante, born in 2007, in memory of their late brother, Remo Giuseppe Scribante.  It is this undeniable Fratelli, or brotherhood, that fuelled the conception of this Italian restaurant chain. What was once a school boy dream, became a flourishing café and soon grew into a well-established brand with stores across the country. Remo’s has grown into a family-oriented franchise with three stores located in Mount Edgecombe (Durban), Sunninghill (Johannesburg) and Baakens Valley (Port Elizabeth).

Remos is all about celebrating and passing on a crucial family traditions, appreciating the kitchen, having family and friends gather around the table; because that’s where everything happens. It is a special place for old and new memories.

Every part of Remo’s belongs to someone. From the delicious recipes handed down from mother to son, to the one-of-a-kind Scribante paintings, to the black and white family photos adorning the walls, to the hand-picked and imported La Dolce Vita coffee served by our friendly baristas. Our Italian-inspired eatery is our home – the perfect Italian restaurant to celebrate the love of family with authentic, feel-good food inspired by traditional, Italian cuisine, made by passionate people with real, quality ingredients.

Daily Blog, Points of Interest, Port Elizabeth

Skybok Films Bedford, South Africa’s Garden Festival


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Run away from your daily routine, come to Bedford for three days of fresh air and inspiration. This year the annual Bedford Garden Festival (19 -21 October 2018) – now in its 14th year – is an Eastern Cape Midlands country lifestyle adventure that attracts visitors from all over South Africa. For three days gardeners and nature-loving families will explore our country roads, discovering our magnificent farm gardens and making new friends.

Come to Bedford for more open gardens, plant nurseries, two market hubs, lots of shopping, live music, warm hospitality and the scrumptious food we are known for. Extras include history talks/walks, visits to a nationally renowned butterfly collection at Huntly Glen Farm, golf and a Sunday midday garden concert.

 

 

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Why Filming Coffee Shops is Great


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Filming coffee shops is great because you catch people on a caffeine high and everyone wants to be on camera!

Usually, filming in certain venues requires some sort of permission grant signed by whoever is being filmed, like a release form, so they can’t turn around and sue you when the video ends up on the internet. Luckily, I’m very diligent with getting release forms signed.

But even with that, it’s always tricky filming the people on location because they are often suspicious of your intentions and can suddenly become quite alarmed.

How most places handle this uncomfortable issue is they put up a sign notifying the patrons there is a film shoot going on. Basically, such a sign puts them at ease by informing people on their way into the venue. It also waives any responsibility legally on behalf of the venue because it means anyone who is there has been ‘told’. And by being told, they’re indirectly giving their consent to be filmed. Unless they explicitly object, the venue assumes they are happy with it. If they’re not happy with it, it’s their responsibility to get out of the shot or ask the filmmaker to exclude them from the shot.

It’s a great way to get around the problem.

Though, for some reason, coffee shops are always less likely to be fussy.

Everyone is there meeting friends or having little business meetings or church gatherings, so it’s not like a Hollywood production. Putting up signs everywhere almost never has to happen because no one ever really has an issue (at least in my experience). And, if they do, it’s easy enough for them to come up and tell you.

I think today in general, people are becoming more relaxed anyway. I’m realizing this because with all the social media going on, there are so many people besides the professionals who are raising a camera for social reasons. The atmosphere is more personal and there’s a striking kind of trust fueled with adrenaline and excitement.

Skybok has filmed dozens of coffee shops in South Africa, here are some of my favorites below. Enjoy!

 

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Skybok: Western Province Rugby


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Skybok was recently at Canal Walk in Cape Town shooting a few members of the U20 South African Junior Rugby Squad as they received goodie bags from Cotton On + spent the evening picking out their favourite items.

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See all behind-the-scenes photos by Paul Sutton here.

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Skybok People Profile: Ferial Johannes


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We shot the Skybok People Profile of Ferial this week – she is the WINNING designer from South Africa chosen to fly to Fashion Week Brooklyn in New York to show on the runway in June!! Here are some screengrabs of our shoot in Cape Town this week. More coming, along with her People Profile for Brooklyn Fashion Week! Join our community on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, as well as Pinterest. On instagram, we are using hashtag #Skybok! *Photos taken on an iphone 6. For films taken on an iphone 6, click here.

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Skybok Honoured at BWA Regional Business Achiever Awards!


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Tamika Doubell Business Women Entrepreneur

I was honoured to receive an award at this year’s Business Women’s Association of South Africa’s Regional Business Achiever Awards. Held at The Crystal Towers in Cape Town, I was thrilled to receive this recognition of distinction in business as an entrepreneur in the film industry! Skybok is all about connecting South Africa. I look forward to our exciting future doing so. I am very blessed that I was able to turn something I am passionate about into a profitable venture. It’s exciting to have been named in amidst such successful women across the region in all industries. I am proudly South African and marvel each day at our beautiful country and our people. Thank you, BWA! More photos from the event here.

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