Film company donates surveillance cameras to District Six

Members of District Six Civic Association, Upper District Six Neighbourhood Watch, Film Afrika, Cape Town Central police and City of Cape Town officials at the launch of the cameras.

A film company has donated five surveillance cameras to a District Six civic group and neighbourhood watch.

Film Afrika production manager Adam Cowley says they wanted to thank the community for allowing them to shoot an international TV series, The Power, in the area in October.

“We were scouting and looking for an area to shoot and we got in touch with the D6CA (District Six Civic Association) who was instrumental in helping us secure the location to shoot our television show.”

The Power is still in production and will feature on the Amazon Prime streaming service.

Film Afrika film-crew member Ross Drayton said donating the cameras was a way for the film industry to give back to the communities they worked in.

The five pan-tilt-zoom cameras will be monitored by the Upper District Six Neighbourhood Watch.

“It will help keep our area safe from all the prying eyes,” said watch chairperson Shameegh Harris.

D6CA chairperson Asa Salie thanked the film company for donating the cameras.

Mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said: “I thank the film company for making the investment in District Six as it’s a community dealing with many challenges.”

Cape Town Central Police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Stephan Carstens said he hoped the initiative would aid in fighting crime.

In the camera control room, from left, are mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith, Film Afrika film-crew member Ross Drayton, Upper District Six Neighbourhood Watch chairperson Shameegh Harris, District Six Civic Association chairperson Asa Salie and provincial legislature member Khalid Sayed.
One of the surveillance cameras mounted on the top corner of a building in Rutger Street.