Media Releases 2020 - 2015
The Ministry of Sport, Arts and Culture joins all South Africans in condemning the brutal murder of a black American George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer.
On Saturday 30TH May 2020, the Honourable Minister Nathi Mthethwa announced details of the Directions for Sport, Arts and Culture under the Disaster Management Act No. 57 of 2002 to the media and public. The Minister announced the staggered opening of professional non-contact sport and professional athletes training as outlined in the Regulations published on the 28 May 2020.The directions which Minister Nathi Mthethwa announced, focused primarily on sectoral implications in relation to the Government Level 3 Risk adjustment strategy to be employed in preventing and combating the spread of COVID- 19.
The sport bodies are required to comply with the Directions and submit their plans as outlined below.
As per gazetted Direction by the Minister, the sports bodies have 14 days to submit their plans on line with commencement from the 12 June 2020.
The Minister raised his concern on the leadership and governance matters that have consistently undermined the development and transformation of sport in the country. He highlighted the urgent need for a fundamental discussion of re-imagining sport in the country, a major part of that being transformation.
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.
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.