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Directions on Creative Sector Services in Support of COVID-19 Released

May 6, 2020

Department of Sports, Arts and Culture

Directions on live streaming of the creative sector services in support of COVID-19 have been drawn up.

The sports, arts and culture department published the Directions in Government Gazette 43269.

The aim of the Directions is to prescribe temporary measures or steps currently necessary to manage COVID-19 in order to reduce its impact in South Africa, by preventing the importation of, and minimising the local transmission of the virus.

They also seek to provide directions to the creative sector for film and television content productions using local cast or performers and crews.

All productions undertaken during this period must comply strictly with the appropriate health and safety protocols, the production dissemination or broadcasting of information to the public through live streaming and the applicable measures set out in the Directions.

The Directions focus on mitigation measures, scope and application, authorization, live-streaming of the creative sector services in support of COVID-19 and general measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 during live streaming.

They call on productions to somehow add storylines in support of COVID-19 safety measures.

The Directions came into effect on the date of publication and terminate on a date determined by the minister or when the state of disaster ends, whichever date comes first.

Meanwhile, in a statement, the sports, arts and culture minister, Nathi Mthethwa, announced that a meeting with the arts and culture sector will take place on 6 May to look at how, within the legal parameters, the department can ensure that those who really need assistance, especially from the disadvantaged communities, receive funding.

Currently 603 applicants were not recommended with reasons ranging from no cancellation or even contract documents, no proof of event or postponement and not cancellation.

“We have seen that we have not moved as fast as we can in allocating these funds so we have beefed up our mechanisms in order to fast-track the process.”