Singer and activist Thandiswa Mazwai has questened the minister of sports, arts and culture minister, Nathi Mthethwa, following the release of R150 million to help artists in the sector during the Covid-19 pandemic.
On Twitter, Thandiswa asked about how the government could cover the cost of gigs they missed during the lockdown.
“Dear artists, have you filled in the forms to get whatever money the DAC has set aside? R150mil has been set aside” Thandiswa asked Nathi.
“Nathi Mthethwa can maybe answer some of our questions. My questions are, what percentage of lost gig money will we get? Do overseas gigs count? Will we pay tax on it?” she asked.
The minister answered Thandiswa’s questions, saying the department would use its “discretion”, based on the strength of an individual artist’s application, to determine how they are paid out.
“You can apply for the entire gig amount and the DSAC will use is discretion to determine allocations. Tax laws remain in place.
“The discretion is based on the strength of each application,” he said.