Zama Zamas Are Looting Artists Millions At The NAC

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AWU! Kodwa uSibongile Mngoma did say…, Khona mhlokhapha, she advises SA-ARTISTS to get their tears ready in bucket loads because hey, basazokhala. Maye mna! And yazini mramama basazokulila kwamambala. Khulu-khulu, ngenndaba ezitjharagene nezobutjhapha zalapha nge National Arts Council (NAC)

Hayi! Ngeke. 

Accordingly, the writer is in a position of some documents. There is, of course, trustworthy word that some NAC Council members have allegedly pushed in their applications for a share of the Artists’ R180 million PESP funds. In addition, they are hard at work doing what needs to get done to secure the bag- for themselves.

“Look at it this way. So, some implicated Council members and adjudicators may have declared and recused themselves from this or that panel. But they still have an advantage in that those on an adjudication committee with them are within reach. They can and will influence them in their favour. It is something happening right now,” says sweet little birdie. 

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“Get ready to be disappointed AGAIN!! There will be chaos again at the NAC. Council members are still pushing for their projects to be approved first so they can decline all other applications and say there is no more money.”

For a clear state of affairs, come along for yet another NAC rough ride. Ne, ane! So, you are an artist or an arts organization angithi-mosdan! And at some point, you got wondering. But all of a sudden, amid your thinking…, Thushuu! uSpokes H, and you go like…, Haay! Maan, Spokes! Heokom, jy skrik my? Nogal, when asking myself a (serious) question…, Things of kanti what zisha. Why I, or my organization never get funding from the NAC?”

Well, acting oblivious, our beloved Tamatie So hitmaker brandishes lyrics from his Ethekwini song- rubbing in the salt in your gaping HeArt wound. He teases this way…,

Hay’ unebhadi vuka baba! Awungene olwandle ‘khiph’ is’khakhwalala.

The Squanderer Of Millions Of Artists’ Money Put Under Surveillance

But on a sober note…, Needless to say -with some other life things- it could be bad luck standing in your way to getting funding. But haay! With the NAC! Ngeke, izinto zabantu bezinhiziyo ezimbi!!! Some super-greedy witches stuff. Jongapha, sana…, Kaloku, aside from your proposal probably not meeting the NAC funding application requirements, a few other things stand in your way. 

Consequently here is another of them…, You see, sometimes these funding business things need, it would appear, strategically positioning self and connecting to the network, baba! You know, understanding and getting in tune with things historically captured in a Brenda Fassie and The Big Dudes tune –Party Time.

 Kuyangokuthi ungubani, uphila nobani, udlisa kanjani, uhamba indawo ezinjani. 

Got it! Arhaaaa Ke! Then, we introduce you to another Zama-Zamas at the NAC. Saunters in a Funding Panel Adjudicator whose name and associates the writer has. Shall we call him Fupaa? As in the Selaelo Selota’s…, Thrrr…, Phaaa! Now, uFupaa akangeni nje with no mission. You see, he does the nay le walk yomsweko that oozes err the …, ‘When I get out of here, I must come out dripping with something ebambekayo. Mashankura a di zumbulu zezi-gidi-ngezigidi Zama-Zama rands and cents.’

Therefore, like a submarine, Fupaa operates. But thanks to a birdy with a magnetic anomaly detector (MAD) doing a military-like operation. He gets fished out. Bakwethu! UFupaa is in one of the funding panels of the NAC. It just so happens that one day in August 2022, he reviews an application of a company in which he is a director. Pause for a second, and let that be a simmer and sink-in thing. Now, uFupaa is…,

“The issue some of us have…” another inside birdy tweets the writer. There are big ethical and fairness issues in reviewing an application he is part of because he gives a score that boosts chances for the application. But what about other applicants that do not have someone inside to just nje boost scores for them?”

Let There Be An NAC Drama Series

Mhh! Some people probably join the NAC holding a view that kukwamazitapele. You know they march in there sing-chanting the artist (turned property sales agent) Nomsa Nene’s trade mark line…,

iZama-zama isokuseta maan! Izama-zama…, Ergo, shall we rephrase Hugh Masekela in the song Stimela? Yes, in the dead of consciousness, the arts community and artists get molested by roving and marauding gangs of Zama-Zamas with a particular evil origin. In truth, Sibongile Mngoma got it right. The scams at the NAC would rival any telenovela. Mncwii! Strue! Kere bona. Hayi, the NAC ebontsha di artist tsa South Africa di flames, shem! Somizi style. It is a sham of an affair. Ew! Ama South African artists and creative sector basazokhala nge NAC unless…, Of course, unless they sing with Peter Tosh.

Now we see the light. We are going to stand up for our rights. Get up, stand up, don’t give up the fight!

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