It’s been almost two months since the R150-million Covid-19 relief fund to assist artists, athletes and technical personnel was announced by the department of sports, arts and culture, and Kelly Khumalo is in the pool of artists who haven’t benefited from the fund.
The singer took to Instagram in a rather comedic rant, which she carried out in a French accent, asking the government where her share of the relief grant was.
Just before her workout session in the garden it “hit” her, she says. “I realised I had a very important question to ask the government and department of sports, arts and culture. I looked in my bank account and I don't see anything.
“This is a gentle reminder to say, my sweet, you are promising to assist artists but I don't see anything in my bank account. I'm just saying, when am I going to see you because I am expecting you?” she says in the video.
In an earlier address this month, minister of sports, arts and culture Nathi Mthethwa noted concerns they had over the logistics of the fund, which included capacity they have had to increase to screen applications and the number of artists who were not meeting requirements for the grants.
“We're concerned with the high number of applications in the arts and culture sector who were not recommended as they didn't comply with the requirements after the independent panel completed its due diligence,” he said.
He also noted they were looking into means to get the funds to artists who qualify for the relief grant, explaining that all payouts will be capped at R20 000 per person.