Centurion, 03 October 2017 – Section 18(1) of the Films and Publications Act requires any person who intends to distribute any film or game and certain publications in the Republic of South Africa first to register with the Board and to submit content for examination and classification. The purpose of the registration and classification process is to ensure that all content distributed within South Africa is appropriately labelled with age restrictions and consumer advisories ensuring children and sensitive viewers are not exposed to harmful content. The FPB charges tariff fees to industry for all regulatory functions performed by the Board. These include distributor registration and classification.
The FPB undertook a process of reviewing the current tariffs for all regulatory functions implemented by the organization. The current tariff structure does not make adequate provision for new media content distributing platforms which are increasingly entering the South African market. These platforms provide opportunity for growth of the film industry due to the large volumes of content available on them. They have also necessitated the adoption of new regulatory models and tools for content regulators such as FPB, rendering current cost models obsolete. In the 2015/2016 financial year, FPB commissioned a study to assist in determining appropriate tariffs for the organization. The study included an in-depth research on the market trends, legislative framework, international benchmarks and industry perspectives.
The results from the research have culminated in the draft tariffs Gazetted on 29 September 2017. The FPB is planning to conduct public consultations with industry stakeholders to solicit inputs from 02 October to 30 November 2017. We call on interested persons to submit representations or comments in connection with the draft tariffs to email@example.com or hand deliver to the FPB head office. A copy of the Draft Tariffs Review is available on www.fpb.org.za.
Ms. Manala Botolo
Acting Manager Communications and Public Education
082 860 6748
Notes to the editor
The objective of the Act of 1996 is to regulate the creation, production, possession and distribution of films, games and certain publications, and more recently certain online content. This is done to provide consumer advice to enable adults to make informed viewing, reading and gaming choices for themselves and children in their care; to protect children from exposure to disturbing and harmful material and from premature exposure to adult experiences, and to make the use of children in, and the exposure of children to pornography, punishable.