'This is a matter of survival' - SA artists highlight their plight as they #LightSARed
Artists, events planners and performers laid bare their plight on Wednesday night during the #LightSARed protest.
The initiative by the Light SA Red movement aimed at getting the government to extend Covid-19 relief funding for the industry until artists, events organisers and restaurants are able to resume work.
They are also calling for recognition and support of non-profit organisations that are sustaining practitioners who work in technical production and live events.
Kevan Jones, executive director of the Southern African Communications Industry Association (Sacia) said the government has ignored their petitions for five months.
“We have been trying to engage the government and the department of arts & culture for five months. We were the first industry to be shut down under the lockdown restrictions and we will likely be the last to be allowed [to] return [to] full capacity. Despite this, we have not received any acknowledgment from government to date,” said Jones.
TV and radio host Lerato Kganyago, DJ Shimza and Thando Thabethe are some of the artists who spoke candidly about the affect of loss of income.
These are some of the stories shared during the online campaign:
A call for government support
Tonight the events and hospitality industries are lighting SA Red & we need your help!— Lerato Seleka (@Fabladylira) August 5, 2020
Post on Social media and use the hashtag #LightSARed
Been without work or income since March and we need to now get noticed!
Impact on livelihoods
We stand with the Events Industry in our country that is such an integral part of Travel and Tourism. #LightSAred so that all may realise the absolute dire needs of all the related sectors. @SportArtsCultur and @Tourism_gov_za we have to forge a new way forward that is inclusive. pic.twitter.com/b6NUjvfHP8— Youth Tourism South Africa (@YouthTourismSA) August 5, 2020
Impact on families
We pay Tax, we contribute ti the social welfare of this kountry . Kreators of doof doof.we help make people sane. We are the plug!If you have been to any event in SA please stand with us as we plead to our government for. Events industry is dying #LightSAred pic.twitter.com/1T29PmgPSE— Lucky_kilur (@Lucky_kilur) August 5, 2020
A dying industry