Department of Communications and Digital Technologies
The second phase of COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funding open to all community and small commercial (SCM) media projects across South Africa got underway on 25 May 2020.
In a statement, the Media Development & Diversity Agency (MDDA) pointed out that this follows the end of the first phase of the Fund during March and April 2020.
During the first phase, R10 million was disbursed to 116 community broadcasters and 115 community and SCM publications in R45,000 relief packages, per station/publisher.
“The Emergency Relief Fund was approved by the Board of the MDDA in recognition of the critical and essential service played by the community and SCM sector in information, news and content dissemination, particularly during the National Lockdown and coronavirus pandemic.”
The second phase is focused on assisting community media and SCM projects with operational costs, with a lesser portion for acquiring safety and hygiene essentials.
A total of R10 million will be allocated to media projects in relief packages according to need.
The second phase will close when available funds have run out.
Meanwhile, in a statement, the portfolio committee on communications announced that a subcommittee of the committee has unanimously shortlisted 20 candidates to be interviewed to fill four vacant positions on the MDDA Board.
Interviews will take place this week.