The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on lives and livelihoods has been both far reaching and devastating beyond what could have been imagined. It is this recognition that prompted the continuation of work towards coming up with various measures and interventions to mitigate this negative impact. It was important for government to respond following pleas from stakeholders and role players in the creative industries to expand on these interventions. Two of those requests came from the National Craft and Design Sector Coordinating Committee and the Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA). The Coordinating Committee is a formation of government and non-government role players, chaired by the Department of Small Business Development (DSBD), with the support of the Department of Sport Arts and Culture (DSAC) to drive government support for the craft and design sectors.
The DSAC together with the DSBD contribute an equal amount of money to set up a fund which is worth twenty two million two hundred and eighty two thousand rand (R 22 282 000.00) to provide relief to organisations, enterprises and individual practitioners in the craft, design, visual arts and audio-visual sectors. Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa in emphasising the importance of government’s responsiveness said “The Coronavirus pandemic caught everyone off guard. It has tested our resolve and forced us all to think out the box in order to survive. The hardest hit was the creative sector. We, as a Department are committed to ensuring that artists are supported as we gradually return to normality, albeit, under strict health protocol; and to pick up the pieces as we begin the journey to full economic recovery.”
- Media statement dsac-dsbd joint covid relief
- Affidavit English
- Application form companies English
- Application form individuals English
- Call to the sector and criteria English