JR likens Mzansi arts to spaza shop, asks for artists' relief fund

JR likens Mzansi arts to spaza shop, asks for artists' relief fund

- JR has joined the list of Mzansi artists who have complained about the lack of funding from government amid the Covid-19 pandemic

- The rapper took to social media to ask the Department of Arts and Culture about the relief fund that was meant to assist artists who are struggling financially during this time

- The musician revealed that he had to let go of some of his employees who also have family responsibilities due to the lack of funding

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JR has taken to social media to ask the Department of Arts and Culture about the relief fund that was allocated to help Mzansi artists and sportsmen during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Minister Nathi Mthethwa announced the R150 million relief fund a few months ago to help artists who are struggling financially during the ongoing lockdown.

The rapper, who likened the country's arts scene to a spaza shop, posted on Twitter that he had to let go of some of his employees "with family responsibilities".

"Does @SportArtsCultur know how many people I employ that I had to let go of? How many of them are women and men with family responsibilities?"

He joined a list of South African stars who have complained that they have not even received a cent of the R150 million.

"Where’s this relief for Arts and Culture? The South African arts scene is really a spaza shop!"

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Jr Likens Mzansi Arts to Spaza Shop, Asks for Artists Relief Fund

JR has likened Mzansi arts to a spaza shop. Image: @jrafrika
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Still on the relief fund news, Briefly.co.za reported that Nokuthula Mavuso is one of many Mzansi artists who have admitted that they are struggling financially amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The star penned a precise Twitter thread to Mthethwa detailing her struggle as a freelance actress.

Nokuthula said she was due to work on a series that was meant to shoot on March 26, 2020 but was postponed due to the ongoing lockdown. She joined the likes of Kelly Khumalo, Rami Chuene, and Stoan Seate who have complained about the lack of funding from government.

She revealed that she last worked in April 2019 before the birth of her child.

"I was due to work on a series that was meant to shoot on March 26, 2020. The project cannot resume until ports of entry are reopened as the leads are from the UK and US."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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