The new 18 member Council took tenure at the beginning of January 2021. The Council takes over from the previous Council as the NAC is busy completing the Presidential Employment Stimulus Package (PESP) of R300 million, which commenced in October 2020 as a response to the Covid 19 pandemic.
The Council is cognisant of the urgency to finalise the disbursement of funds to a number of successful applicants who are yet to execute their projects, supporting the retention and creation of work in the sector. The Council notes however that there are issues regarding the PESP application process which have been raised by the industry and concerned individuals; furthermore that these concerns have been raised with the NAC and the Minister of the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture.
The Council is thus dealing with these complaints and has committed to resolve the matters as speedily as possible, given the needs of this critical sector. It is Council’s priority to ensure that the PESP funds reach the deserving and successful applicants. The Council also commits to communicating the process forward regularly to the sector on the resolution of these issues and completion of the PESP process.
Issued by the NAC Council
For All Media Enquiries: Tshepo Mashiane – NAC Council Member (072 037 3358 or 067 268 3233).