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protestNews24 reports that artists gathered at the Artscape Plaza in Cape Town on Saturday to demand answers from the National Arts Council (NAC) over relief funding meant to support artists affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

They presented a variety of performances highlighting the skills and talents of a highly specialised industry "which has been decimated by Covid-19" and in solidarity with opera singer Sibongile Mngoma and a group of 20 artists who have peacefully occupied the NAC offices in Johannesburg. The arts industry is questioning the NAC's allocation of R300 million, handed over as part of the Presidential Economic Stimulus Package (PESP) last year. The event organisers said while some artists received funds initially, many of the disbursements were then reassessed and the funding recalled. Mngoma commented: "The groundswell of support across the country shows that our cause is shared and of utmost importance. Sit-ins, hunger strikes and protest marches – these are clarion calls for meaningful change in the agencies and government departments that are tasked with the care of arts and culture.” She called on creative industry practitioners across SA “to unite and take action wherever they can so that truth, transparency and progress can prevail and our industry can get up off its knees and thrive."

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Nicole McCain at News24

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