Group of artists, creatives accuse govt of being impractical about relief fund

JOHANNESBURG – A group of artists and creatives which has marched to the Union Buildings on Wednesday has accused government of being impractical and out of touch when creating the COVID-19 relief fund.The group, comprising of about 19 unions, forums and associations, have handed over a memorandum to the of the president in Pretoria.Other marches were held in Cape Town and Pretoria under #VulaPresident and #UnitedWeStand.The group has questioned why only people between the ages of 60 and 69 being eligible for the fund.They want the immediate reopening of performance venues to up to 70% capacity provided that the COVID-19 protocols are observed.The group also wants an immediate allocation of R600 million to the arts considering the impact of COVID-19.The South African Creative’s Practitioners Union’s Brian Mokoena said: “It must become law for private and publicly-owned broadcasting services in this country to broadcast at least 70% local content like in all the other countries so that our artists can be able to get something, whether it’s in the form of a film, advert or music.”They have given the president 14 days to respond.Download the EWN app to your iOS or Android device.Source: EWN

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