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Wednesday, 10 July 2024 13:33

DSAC paid out more than R72 million for COVID-19 Sector Relief Fund.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana

Department of Sports, Arts and Culture (DSAC) has released the 2020/2021 list of Covid-19 beneficiaries, with 3,962 names and a total payout of over R72 million.

The majority of payments ranged between R10,000 and R20,000.

This was revealed in an updated list of beneficiaries shared by the department on Wednesday morning, as promised by minister Gayton McKenzie.

Due to the overwhelming response to the release of the report, the department's system experienced technical glitches.

"The Department is aware of the technical glitches and the technicians are working on resolving the problem. We apologise for the inconvenience," said the ministry.

The money used was to support the artists during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic when the country was under lockdown.

Some of the beneficiaries include the Rebecca Malope Foundation, Busiswa Qqulu, Dumisani Mbebe, Arthur Mafokate and his son, and Bethusile Mcinga.

Letta Mbulu and Abigail Kubeka also made the list, with Arno Carstens and the Drakensberg Boys Choir.

Some of the other SA sports people to receive payments of R20,000 were Kevin Lerena (boxing), Jake Roos (golf), Jaco Ahlers (golf), Thando Roto (athletics), Lyle Rowe (golf), Ruan de Vries (athletics), Ruswahl Samaai (athletics), Stacy Lee Bregman (golf), Merrick Bremner (golf), Bridgitte Hartley (canoeing) and Ashleigh Buhai (golf).

The department said more lists are expected to be released soon.

"Department of Sport, Arts and Culture has always cared for the creative sector. Below is the link to the Covid-19 Relief Beneficiaries 2020-2021 list. More lists are coming to cover other categories of funding since 2020 to date Beneficiaries," noted the DSAC in a tweet on X.

In April 2020, sports, arts and culture minister Nathi Mthethwa announced a R150 million relief fund to be shared by artists and athletes.

 McKenzie has also announced that the government will no longer finance trips for sports superfans.

"There are athletes and artists who are struggling to raise money to attend sporting events and exhibitions, how do we justify paying for fans?" he wrote in his post.

McKenzie added that the department will no longer be paying for these trips and the money will be used where it is needed the most.

View the Covid-19 Relief Beneficiaries 2020-2021 list here: DSAC Covid 19 Relief Fund.