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DSAC to Unleash Second Wave of COVID-19 Relief Funding

August 5, 2020

Department of Sports, Arts and Culture

The period for the call for applications for the second wave of Covid-19 relief funding is to be at least 14 days to allow athletes and practitioners sufficient time to make use of the opportunity.

The sports, arts and culture minister, Nathi Mthethwa, highlighted this in a statement on mitigation plans to minimise the impact of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic on the Sports, Arts and Culture sector.

Other changes flowing from the first phase of relief funding include that the application form to indicate demographics, i.e. disability, gender, race, age, province and at least, district; the application form to have personal details as per ID document, no nicknames, etc.; all applications to be completed online including the uploading of supporting documents and eliminate the criterion of cancelled or postponed events, as it would not be feasible or appropriate for the next phase.

The second wave will cover a period of three months from September to November 2020 with the relief amount set at R2 200 using the rationale of the Expanded Public Works Programme rate structure of R95-R100 per day.

A total of R77 million will be available for the second phase.

In terms of the first wave of Covid-19 relief funding, the department received a total number of 5 322 applications in the categories of Sport, Digital, as well as Arts, Culture and Heritage.

4 602 applications were recommended and a total of 1 570 were not recommended.

117 outstanding applications are currently being finalised by the department with a total of R61 million disbursed to beneficiaries.

The minister pointed out that, in terms of demographics and classification of those who benefited, the findings were as follows:

Blacks = 1979 (57%)
Whites = 1483 (43%)