07 August 2013
The IFP has lashed out at the Department of
Arts and Culture for its failure to empower young, unknown
artists, while favouring the more established artists at its
IFP Spokesperson on Arts and Culture, Mrs
Hilda Msweli (MP) said, “The Department of Arts and Culture did
not give satisfactory answers during the Parliamentary Committee
yesterday, as it failed to back up claims that it is not
empowering young artists. At most events, the famous artists
hired cost more than R30 000, while they only sing two songs
with backing CD tracks, instead of putting on a proper
Rural artists are not getting opportunities to
perform at any government event.
“The Department must ensure that at any
departmental sponsored event both famous and young up-and-coming
artists share the stage and should get paid equally. There are
many talented artists in our rural areas that need exposure.
We are aware that some artists are getting
preferential treatment because they are politically affiliated,
which is totally unacceptable” said Msweli.
The IFP calls on the Department to ensure that
at both national and provincial events, unknown artists are
given a chance to perform. The Department must also investigate
why the same artists are being booked for all events as well as
deal with any corruption linked with the hiring of artists.
IFP Spokesperson on Arts and
Culture, Mrs Hilda Msweli MP, 072 513 1833
IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer, Mr
Phendulani Biyase, 073 24 5675