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CAPE Town is set to have a R3 million film and events unit, with its own officers dedicated to crowd safety and traffic control.
The unit is expected to consist of eight traffic officers and the aim is to minimise traffic disruptions.
At the moment, traffic officers are deployed at film shoots and events on an ad hoc basis. But the extra funds will allow permanent traffic officers to step in and more reserve wardens will be hired.
The city said it received a constant stream of requests for shoots and events in Cape Town.
The plan is contained in a draft Memorandum of Understanding between the city’s tourism, events and marketing department and the department of safety and security.
According to this agreement, the unit will also bring down costs for event organisers. This is because it will reduce the costs of paying over-time to officers.
JP Smith, the mayoral committee member for safety and security, said although reserve traffic wardens were already used, this move would allow for around 80 more.
The formation of the unit is subject to funding approval from the tourism department in the next financial year, starting in July.