- A local man has cried out to South Africa's arts and culture minister for assistance after lockdown has all but crippled his business
- This comes after entertainment industry workers called for help since no gigs/events are allowed in SA at the moment
- The minister has responded to the desperate business owner
A man has taken to Twitter to share that his business is on the verge of being shut down after having no work for nearly six months. The company, which supplies equipment used at live events and music concerts, will be forced to let go of a number of employees, @Kagisomasimini explained in his tweet.
"Dear Min. @NathiMthethwaSA, my company is on a brink of a total shutdown, 18 stuff members and 28 freelancers too. Five months without income is a death sentence. The live events industry needs your urgent attention."
The entertainment industry could be one of the hardest-hit industries during the pandemic with hundreds of events being cancelled or postponed in the upcoming and last few months. The lockdown has had a devastating effect on the event organisers, bar companies, vendors, suppliers, DJs, artists, creatives, venues and security teams, among others.
@Kagisomasimini's pleas were seemingly heard by the police minister, who responded to his tweet by saying:
"I completely sympathise with you. We will soon announce the second phase of the relief fund."
Tweeps who watched the short exchange on their timelines had this to say:
""Sad to hear that KG, the govt is not making things any easy for the industry with their incompetence and corruption."
"He is too busy claiming victories he absolutely had no hand in influencing. But hey it looks good on his TL so why not."
While @king_wotsitsa asked:
"Is there no way of getting the industry running again?? The industry needs to start generating income. Putting a plaster over a gunshot wound won't fix anything. We need innovative thinking."
Meanwhile, in other Briefly.co.za news, a young man, @Masta_tt, recently shared on Twitter how he has convinced his parents, loyal ANC members, to stop voting for the party.
He shares how after an interesting debate with his parents, who were loyal ANC fans, he had finally convinced them to stop voting for the party. His tweet was received with agreement from many other South African youths, who also shared how they too were able to convince their parents to abandon their trust in the ANC government.
Despite the desperation in many of SA's unheard citizens' voices, sadly it seems like there is no end in sight. This has been proven after Zandile Gumede, who was previously accused of corruption and has an ongoing R430m corruption case against her, has been instated as an honourable member of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature.
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