Nathi Mthethwa has announced that a total number of 1050 applications have been assessed by the independent panel looking into the COVID-19 Sector Relief Fund!outh African Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture
Addressing the media on Monday, Nathi Mthethwa said that they were concerned about the high number of applications in the Arts & Culture sector that were not recommended as they didn’t comply with the requirements after the “independent” completed its due diligence and that his department is looking into this.
“In terms of Arts & Culture, a total of 1050 applications have been assessed by the independent panel, 232 have been recommended for payments. 603 were not recommended & 203 have been recommended for reassessments (opportunity to submit outstanding info/documents),” said Nathi Mthethwa.
Nathi Mthethwa said that they have increased the capacity of the adjudicating panel to ensure that the process is fast-tracked for the COVID-19 Relief Fund for the Arts and Culture sector.
“The adjudicating panel for Sport was the first to be appointed. A total of 473 applications were received from 25 sporting federations. Of these applications, 291 were approved for payments,” explained the Minister.
The Minister also said that it is important to emphasize that the COVID-19 Relief Fund for the Sport, Arts, and Culture sectors is capped at R20,000 per individual applicant.
“We are pleading for local content to dominate on radio & television. We will be engaging the SABC because it doesn’t help to have Needletime Rights royalties to be benefiting artists overseas but not here at home in South Africa,” said Nathi Mathethwa.
The Minister said that the process of payments has started.