Here Is Something Critical To Do With R65 Million

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The mind runs wild with possibilities when the evidence, with a police stamp, of a stashed R65 Million of public money lands on the lap. Das right. For a second or two, ponder about numerous public-spirited things to roll out, like uhm…, 

STOP! Be curious no more because, please – dear companion…,  Shall the focus be on income-generating opportunities that sixty-five meters of intaba yase Dubai could create? You remember mos, ne ane, that something big gets awaited with anticipation in the arts and creative community. Of course, it is the announcement of recipients of the R180 million of the NAC Presidential Employment Stimulus Package (PESP). The big reveal happens at the end of September 2022. Ah! Ah! Not in October or year ’23 – this year angithi NAC?

 

R3 Million Equals Two Hundred Jobs

One of the criteria to qualify for up to R3 million in funding under PESP is that applicants must demonstrate the creation of at least two hundred jobs. Ergo our testimony, as far as R65 Million of Artists’ Money stashed by the NAC, shall rely on the PESP guidelines.  

Thus, in withholding the hard cash, the NAC put the kibosh on about, wait for a second…, 

First, something is anomaly harmful here. You see, more than anything – it is criminal and heARTless to conceal such an amount. Especially where an act of that unkindness screws and betrays the masses. Well, artists and people of the creative community in this regard. In their telling of lies, remember, boma Shaya-Shaya at the NAC summon a title of a play by Mbongeni Ngema – ASINAMALI!  

Hayi BO! That is sacrilegious maNAC! It is a SIN to spit a lie, especially in the face of poverty. Therefore, do right by the artists with that six-five meter. Anikayi bhubhudli angithi? So, For a change of heARTless heart, please listen to the creatives' cry of..., 

SILAMBILE!

Anyway…,  So, leaning on the PESP guidelines, the numbers-crunching game says the NAC sabotaged about twenty-two potential festivals or arts events and 4333 direct jobs. Of course, be reminded (for emphasis) that last year, the heArtless ones put up this evil and crippling horror show when many artists were begging for food parcels. So bad it got to be that several fell into depression. Some even died at the height of the Covid19 lockdown. And some at the NAC have the liver, kere sebiti to say…, #NACForTheArts. Rhaa!

Hang on, but the 4333 JOBS mentioned above are modest. That is because some promoters in the game for more than three decades put the number at three times more.

The NAC Squander And Stash Millions Of Starving Artists

Those In The Know Say…,

 

“On average, (with R65 million) you are looking at about thirty jazz or gospel concerts employing, excluding accommodation, over twelve thousand people.” Ahhh! When last did you see on stage Paul Hanmer, Themba Mkhize, Gloria Bosman, Swazi Dlamini, Suthukazi Arosi …,

Another art event organiser with local and international touring experience says…, “A million rands (worths) indoor event can create thirty to fifty jobs. A bigger festival with a budget of R6 million can create over three hundred employment opportunities.”

A third event organiser contributes this way…, “Several small companies benefit from an event we do annually without fail because we have private sponsorship to the tune of R3.5 million. Therefore, beneficiaries include marketing material designers, printing companies, security, caterers, toilet hire…, Where artists are concerned, we employ nearly two hundred, sometimes more.” 

Ohh! So, kahle-kahle – creatives and artists find themselves under the mess and mercy of an uncaring Council of a government agency.

The Whip Should Get Cracking On NAC Delinquents

 

Well, if there is any care about artists and the creative community. Mind you, the failure of the NAC to use R65 Million of Artists’ Money in contributing to income-generating opportunities happens amid South African unemployment statistics that have, for years, been stubbornly over the top thirty charts. In a normal situation, the ruling ANC, the portfolio committee responsible and president Cyril Ramaphosa would come down hard on the NAC Council. That is because they are obstructing (fueling a security threat issue)the creation of employment through the arts. Job! Jobs! Jobs! That is something the ANC promises – one election after another. 

Come now, let us sing with Brenda Fassie…, O! Yes, We are tired of promises, Promises, cause they turn to lies, turn to lies. The time is now for the creative community to demand R65 million and more treats of love, dignity, respect and service delivery.

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