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Nina bakwa masiko namaciko. Bataki! Oh! Yeka okwe all that enthusiasm, excitement, promises and raising of hopes. Forget it! The Arise Benefit Concert is no more. Ergo, as you read, do hear in the background the heartwrenching dirge that goes…,

So bonana…, Sobonana kwelizayo, So…,

 

Waiting For The Arise Benefit Concert To Rise From Alala Land

Ntozakuthi, we know the Arise is now the Alala (No) Benefit Concert because saying so is the National Arts Council (NAC). Apparently…, The new date for the concert was 19 November 2022, but ke…., Cala mos, nasi…, Iye nasiya incwadi encane etlolwe ngabakwa NAC. Yekeke, yona ifundeka nje…,

“The NAC had set aside R300k towards donating to the concert to benefit the KZN Flood victims, which it will no longer spend due to the concert no longer taking place. eThekwini Municipality has (since) written to the NAC, saying that the timing is no longer relevant for the fund-raising concert to continue.”

 Ewuu!!!! Continues The Suffering Of The Destitute 

O-Yes…! Dear ThiVi Networker, your curiosity is noted. In fact, you wonder ukuthi the timing is no longer relevant for who?’ Because bantu bekhethu, the rains are with us again. Devastating floods remain a possibility. Moreover, khona mhlokhapa (in early October 2022), eNCA reporter Dasen Thathiah captures the persisting calamitous situation of some KZN victims. “It has been a horrible time for the flood victims in KwaZululu Natal and Durban, in particular.” Furthermore, Thathiah reports…, Numerous victims of the deadly floods that hit KwaZulu-Natal (six months ago) are without homes. Nini-nini a large group get evicted from a private property they were occupying and resort to using a bus as a makeshift shelter.

In August, a family of two choosing to remain anonymous speak to Bongeka Gumede of the Mail & Guardian and say…, ‘Although duvets to sleep on and food parcels got received, the supply is inconsistent.’ Additional questions to the NAC returned empty-handed at the time of publishing. One inquiry sought to establish if the NAC did not release or spend even a single five-bob leading to the initial date (18 June 2022) of the Arise Benefit Concert. Additionally, since NAC chair Celenhle Dlamini parrots about transparency…, Ehe! there was thinking the NAC would publicly share the eThekwini municipality love letter. O-ho! Kuphi la?

 

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Rest In Peace, Arise BC, The Truth Is You Were Never…

Because it would seem the immediate moment after the KZN floods were perfect timing. Yes, In fact, it was an opportune moment for some to play some cruel PR stunts on the victims of KZN floods and the nation. You know, a chance for self-interest driving types to position selves as caring about others. Now, since it is not likely for the NAC to come clean about the Arise Benefit Concert…, Well, hope sits at the door of the Sports, Arts, And Culture portfolio committee in parliament. In due course, the committee must show they are for the arts and artists by demanding accountability and transparency about the Arise shebang.

In closing, for now, we say…,

Long Alala To The Arise Benefit Concert.

PS (not of chocolate): Another curiosity is the Arise Benefits Concert posters are sans an NAC logo. But why when they are the initiators and funders. Mmhh! Bakwethu should we be further suspecting another NAC stink from the Arise Benefit Concert? We all ears, and sniffing.

 

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