- Hulisani Ravele has taken to social media to ask who is paying for the KwaZulu-Natal Entertainment Awards
- The recently-launched awards that Hulisani is complaining about are expected to take place at the Durban ICC on 15 December
- Hulisani believes that the money that will be spent on the event could do more for poor communities in KwaZulu-Natal
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Hulisani Ravele has taken to social media to share her thoughts on the recently launched KwaZulu-Natal Entertainment Awards. The awards will take place on 15 December at the Durban ICC.
Entertainment commentator Phil Mphela shared that category winners will bag R100 000 each and the overall winner will laugh all the way to the bank with a R500 000 cheque.
Hulisani recently took to Twitter to express that she's not impressed with the money that will be spent on the awards. She believes it could do more for poor communities in the province. The TV personality reacted to Mphela's post:
"Who's paying? IF it's govt, this is a spit in the face of dilapidated schools, kids who cross dangerous rivers and walk for kms to get to school, students who can't afford tuition. I'm all for celebrating those who do well, the arts, mara please, this is wasteful expenditure."
The star further shared that the funds could have been used to uplift members of the arts community in the province.
"And before you say that the DAC's budget is what is being tapped into and not DBE, shup, there are still many ways that these funds can more purposefully used to uplift members of the arts community in the province. This ain't it."
Some tweeps took to the stunner's comment section and disagreed with Hulisani. Check out some of their comments below:
"Really Huli, you're fighting 500k after trillions that the ANC has chowed? Artists were without work for 6 months, come on you are being unreasonable."
"Isn't this to help artists cause they suffered under Covid. I mean they're also taxed, they also deserve services. I'm just being the devil's advocate here."
"I’m not involved but I just want to weigh in. In my experience I’ve been told we can’t expect a department mandated to promote arts and culture to do the job of a department of infrastructure development."
Hulisani reiterated that she hopes the whole ceremony is not funded by government but sponsors and private funders.
"So the government could not give artists relief funds but they have money to fund awards? I really hope this ENTIRE thing is funded by sponsors and private funders."
In related news, Briefly.co.za reported that world-renowned DJ Black Coffee, DJ Tira, Sjava and Somizi, among others, are just some of Mzansi's celebs who attended the launch of the KwaZulu-Natal Entertainment Awards on Thursday, 15 October.
The aim of the awards ceremony is to honour entertainers who've made a name for themselves in KZN and continue to shine everywhere.
According to Phil, the province's top entertainment achievers will be honoured with glittering trophies and cash prizes. DJ Tira took to Instagram to share a snap he took with Black Coffee during the launch of the event. He captioned his post: "#KZNea. Great initiative."
Tweeps took to Mphela's comment section to share mixed reactions to his post. Many of them asked where the money would come from. One tweep @xRambox_ replied to them:
"Provincial government, KZN government wants to establish its own entertainment industry. It'll boost the local economy, create jobs etc."
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