The Eastern Cape Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture must urgently intervene and assist the many sportsmen and women, as well as artists and entertainers in the province, who qualify for relief funding.
This follows the announcement by Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, has set up a relief fund, with R150 million allocated, to assist those affected by the lockdown.
The sporting and cultural sector has been severely affected by this pandemic, with a number of events being cancelled or postponed. This has had a major economic impact and has resulted in many of our athletes and performers being left without an income.
It is important to ascertain whether our athletes and performers have received the necessary support from the department both in applying for, and receiving funding, as well as ensuring that there has been a fair and open process to ensure opportunities for as many as possible to receive assistance.
I have therefore written to the Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture MEC, Fekeza Bayeni, to inquire as to the progress of the relief fund and to ask for clarity around any additional support that the provincial department has made available to our people.
It is paramount that during these difficult times we can work together to serve our communities, bring stability and assure the people of the Eastern Cape we remain committed in serving their best interest at all times.