Sunday, 14 February 2021 17:25

Staff Reporter.

The Department of Sports,Arts and Culture refutes Sunday Times report that it has paid gospel star Dr Tumi R500 000 for putting together a two hour online concert.

The department has confirmed that Dr Tumi was contracted for variety of services in line with his quote for execution of live TV gospel concert, which among other things include full production, TV space, Marketing and performances by artists like Benjamin Dube, Lebo Sekgobela etc.

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According to the paper the gospel singer Dr Tumi said he was paid R500,000 by the Gauteng department of sport, arts, culture & recreation for organising a two-hour virtual prayer service that attracted little more than 1,700 viewers on YouTube.

The revelation follows an admission by MEC Mbali Hlophe last month that the department spent about R2m on campaigns during the pandemic when government departments had been asked by the national government to divert funds to personal protection equipment (PPE) and Covid-19 responses.

Dr Tumi’s event, which included six gospel singers, was streamed on March 26 last year, a day before lockdown started. Dr Tumi said that the prayer service was proposed because the spirit in the country was low at the beginning of the pandemic.

Dr Tumi said that R166 000 was spent a sound engineer, two camera operators, a lighting technician and an outdoor broadcasting van. R150 000 was paid for the performers; R33 000 for pre-production costs; R29 000 for marketing; R52 000 on management costs, and R64 000 in VAT.

He said that there are a lot of lockdown TV shows that are going around and "I can tell you that they are costly." He promised to make a formal reply after reading the story.