Cape Town - South Africa’s National Empowerment Fund claims that 12 000 jobs were “sustained” over two years during the production of the film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
But according to a recent report released by Africa Check this claim is false as most of the jobs created lasted only two days.
Africa Check is a nonprofit and non-partisan organization started in June 2012 with the stated aim of improving fact checking and news gathering in Africa.
The film is a chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.
According to the orgainisation the film, with a budget of $35m, was the most expensive South African film ever made and promised exciting job opportunities for South Africans over a two year period.
"The National Empowerment Fund’s claim that the film sustained 12 000 jobs over a two year period are false. Nearly 11 000 of those employed were employed for just two days each and paid around R439.
"The Department of Trade and Industry’s claim in a press statement and a tweet that 12 000 jobs were “created” – without any qualification or explanation that the bulk of the jobs were temporary – was misleading and disingenuous,” Africa Check reported.
By the time of publishing this article the National Empowerment Fund and the Department of Trade and Industry was yet to reply to Channel24's enquiry regarding Africa Check's findings.