Over 90 athletes provided with relief from SA's coronavirus fund

accreditation
Nathi Mthethwa (Gallo Images)
Nathi Mthethwa (Gallo Images)

Sport, Art and Culture minister Nathi Mthethwa announced a R150 million relief fund for the sector in late March in response to the dire circumstances faced by athletes and artists due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

An independent adjudication panel, consisting of Keitumetse Lebaka‚ Allan Williams‚ Simanga Matholeni‚ Leon Fleisher, Marupini Ramatsekisa and Dr Linda Ncube-Nkomo, was appointed to scrutinise each application.

There were "just over" 300 such applications for funding and according to a press release, to date over 90 of those have been approved and the athletes in question have subsequently received funding.

The remaining applications are still being processed.

The release indicated that athletes who have already benefitted come from different sporting codes ranging from "physically disabled sports to netball and gymnastics".

South Africa is currently in the midst of Level 4 of lockdown following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic which has seen the sporting calendar wiped clean.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
loading... Live
Munster 0
Connacht 3
loading... Live
Cardiff Rugby 0
Sharks 0
Voting Booth
After the opening weekend of URC action, what did you make of the South African struggles?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
It exposed the quality of South African rugby...
39% - 2041 votes
There were positives to take
7% - 357 votes
We shouldn't read too much into one weekend
17% - 884 votes
It will take the SA sides time to adjust to the new competition
38% - 1974 votes
Vote