Minister Mthethwa pleads for more local content on radio and TV

Minister Mthethwa pleads for more local content on radio and TV

- Minister Nathi Mthethwa has pleaded for more local content on radio and television

- He said local artists should also benefit from the royalties, not only artists from overseas

- Minister Mthethwa said since the announcement of a R150 million relief fund for the entertainment industry, 5 000 applications had been received

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The Minister of Sports, Arts & Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, has appealed for more local content on radio stations and national television for the benefit of local artists.

His plea was among a list of several announcements pertaining to the entertainment industry he made during a media briefing on Monday.

He said he will be engaging the SABC because it doesn't seem right to promote only artists from overseas while local artists suffer. He further stated that it made sense that local content should dominate on radio and television for local artists to also benefit from royalties.

A few years ago, a 90% music quota across the public broadcaster was introduced. However, the attempts failed.

"We are pleading for local content to dominate on radio and television. We will be engaging the SABC because it doesn't help to have Needletime Rights royalties to be benefiting artists overseas but not here at home in South Africa," said the minister in a social media post.

Among his plea for more local content, the minister also announced that production companies would return to work under tight regulations and safety measures to be implemented for workers' safety. These will include sanitising the environment.

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"Sanitising of the environment needs to occur before the shoot commences, during each shoot day and after wrap each day.
"There must be dedicated cleaning staff to sanitise and clean bathroom spaces on regular rotation throughout the day. A daily register of all persons granted access to the set with details of their daily temperatures must be compiled," the minister said.

It looks like the minister have been making lots of announcements lately. Last month he announced Masechaba Ndlovu as the new spokesperson for his department.

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