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Relief to Sports, Arts and Culture Sector Under the Spotlight

June 3, 2020

Department of Sports, Arts and Culture

Total financial support offered to the sports, arts and culture sector, including the National Relief Fund and provincial relief funds, amounts to over R200 million.

The sports, arts and culture minister, Nathi Mthethwa, revealed this in a statement on the sports, arts and culture COVID-19 sector relief fund update.

According to the department, the MECs of sports, arts and culture in all provinces recently announced the provincial Relief Funds, amounting to over R50 million combined, to assist athletes and artists at that level.

However, beneficiaries can only receive funds from either the national or provincial level.

“We have agreed with the MECs in our consultative meetings we’ve held that if a person receives funds from one level, he or she may not be assisted again at another level, eg. you get financial assistance from the National Relief Fund, the province will then be exempted from providing you with financial assistance and vice versa.”

In terms of the sport adjudication process, the minister pointed out that the sport adjudication panel was the first to be appointed on 9 April, the first to begin adjudicating as well as the first to complete the process.

Total number of sport applications received stands at 470.

“The number of approved and paid sport applicants is 296 and 174 declined. A total of 26 appeals have been received and the Appeals Committee has sat this week to review those 26 appeals, 10 were successful and 3 were rejected.”

As regards arts and culture, the number of successful applicants has increased to 1,520, therefore reducing the number of those not recommended from 1,930 to 1,660 and counting.

1,284 appeals emails have been received with the panel attending to 698 out of which 270 were successful.

Meanwhile, the chairperson of the portfolio committee on sports, arts and culture, Beauty Dlulane, has called on professional athletes to strictly adhere to regulations when lockdown level 3 kicks in.

Recently, the minister announced the return to training for a number of sporting codes.

“She said frequent testing should be mandatory and called on athletes to be exemplary and ambassadors of what the government is trying to achieve. ‘The objective is to flatten the curve’.”