The Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa says his ministry is pleading for local content to dominate on South African radios and television.
“We are pleading for local content to dominate on radio and television,” he said.
Mthethwa says the Sport, Arts and Culture ministry will be engaging with the SABC to facilitate that local artists benefit from royalties that are currently being enjoyed by artists overseas and not here in South Africa.
“We will be engaging the SABC because it doesn’t help to have Needletime Rights royalties to be benefitting artists overseas but not here at home in South Africa,” said Mthethwa.
Mthethwa who briefs on the ministry of Sport, Arts and Culture’s COVID-19 Sector Relief Fund says the relief fund is capped at R20 000 per individual applicant.
“It is important to emphasize that the COVID-19 Relief Fund for Sport, Arts and Culture sectors is capped at R20 000 per individual applicant,” he said.
Mthethwa also adds that the ministry is concerned with the high number of applications in the Arts and Culture sector that were not recommended as they didn’t comply with the requirements after the independent completed it’s due diligence.
“In terms of Arts and Culture, a total of 1050 applications have been assessed by the independent panel, 232 have been recommended for payments, while 603 were not recommended and 203 have been recommended for reassessments,” said Mthethwa.