Penny Lebyane. I was expecting urgent assistance from the Department of Arts.

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Penny Lebyane. I was expecting urgent assistance from the Department of Arts.

Penny Lebyane. I was expecting urgent assistance from the Department of Arts.


Media personality Penny Lebyane has added her voice to the wave of commentary after sports, arts and culture minister Nathi Mthethwa outlined his department’s plans to minimise the impact of Covid-19. As the country prepares to go into a 21-day lockdown at midnight on Thursday, until April 16, many were disappointed and frustrated after his speech on Wednesday.


In his speech, the minister mentioned a few plans that will be implemented during the lockdown including, but not limited to, the unveiling of an R150 million war-chest set up to help support artists through the coronavirus crisis. Penny said the money allocated was not enough to accommodate every stakeholder in the industry and slammed “it celebrities” who had previously shown no interest in regulating the creative sector.

Penny Lebyane. I was expecting urgent assistance from the Department of Arts.
To not be unionised will be felt in the entire creative sector. To see ‘celebrities’ suddenly having an interest in the arts and culture (ministry) plans today, when for years the ‘it girls and boys’ saw the arts and culture (ministry) conversations as boring. Today they want to be heard and seen. Sadly it’s not going happen,” she said. Penny added that their “superiority” and failure to participate to ensure the sector was unified would haunt them now.

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