Media Releases 2020 - 2015
Minister in the Presidency, Hon J Mthembu, Deputy Minister for Sport, Arts and Culture, Hon N Mafu, The Director General of the Department, Mr. V Mkhize,Members of the Media, Dear Compatriots, We meet today as we close off Africa Month, a very significant month for the continent;
Following Minister Nathi Mthethwa’s announcement of a R150 Million Relief Fund to assist artists, athletes, technical personnel and the core ecosystem of the sector, adjudication panels were immediately appointed for both the sport and arts and culture sector. The deadline for application of the Relief Fund was 6 April 2020.
Fellow Africans, On this day 57 years ago, the Organisation of African Unity was born. From the beginning it was dedicated to the idea that only through unity could Africa safeguard its independence and unlock its potential.
It has been brought to the attention of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture that there is a group of individuals who call themselves “The Campaign ZA”, who are using fraudulent means to attain personal information from artists.
The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation have managed to coordinate the repatriation of 29 young Musicians/Artists stranded in Turkey. The group was meant to fly home, when flights were grounded due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture has been concerned about the number of litigations, labour disputes and costs incurred by The National Library of South Africa over the last three years.
Sunday, 10 May 2020 is “Move for Health” day. A day sanctioned by the World Health Organisation, with the objective of placing emphasis on improvement of health and the eradication of non-communicable diseases.
Minister Nathi Mthethwa held a successful and productive meeting with national organisations of the arts and culture sector to discuss the ongoing relief funding process aimed at alleviating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the livelihood of creatives and athletes.
As Acting Minister of Communications & Digital Technologies, I have signed and gazetted directions on the Risk-Adjusted Strategy for the ICT sector. The gazetted directions allow, among other, electronic communication services and network services, advertising agencies, film and television production companies to resume operations.