Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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25 Mar 2021
5:35 am

Previous board to blame for relief funds delay, says arts council

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

According to Dr Sipho Sithole, one of the new council members, the board had to halt the process when they realised the budget had inexplicably doubled.

National Arts Council (NAC) member Sipho Sithole. Picture: Gallo Images/Oupa Bopape

The National Arts Council (NAC) has blamed its previous board for failing thousands of artists who have desperately waited for Covid-19 relief funds over the last year to no avail. The council set up a R300 million funding facility last year to provide relief for projects which were cancelled because of lockdown restrictions and those who wish to organise projects that will employ out-of-work artists. By the end of last year, the budget for the relief roll-out had doubled to over R600 million promised to just 1 374 successful applicants. But on the ground, performers, creators and craftsmen languished as...