The Zimbabwe Independent

Mazwai slams SA govt ‘for looting’


THE lockdown regulation­s which were enforced in different countries since March 2020 saw many musicians across the world go through financial challenges as live performanc­es and theatres were shut down in an effort to curb the pandemic. As a result many creatives were left in the cold, without an income.

Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, Mazwai hitmaker andiswa Mazwai posed a question to her over 290 000 followers about the Swiss Covid fund relief programme for South African musicians.

Many, including Mazwai indicated that they regret not applying for the Switzerlan­d relief fund.

According to the website, e Levedo Foundation (Basel, Switzerlan­d) made a short-term basic income relief grants available to profession­al jazz musicians in South Africa, whose livelihood­s have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

e closing date for applicatio­ns closed end of August.

“ e relief grants are available for a sixmonth period,” read the statement on the Swiss Art Council website.

She also expressed her gratitude to the countries that are willing to help keep the music alive amid the pandemic.

She wrote: “... anks to those other countries the jazz fraternity can stay afloat and not lose their minds thinking of money instead of music”.

During the conversati­on on Twitter with fellow artists, the Kwanele singer took a swipe at the South African government for not keeping their end of the bargain.

She added: “.... imagine another government doing for us what home should do instead of looting.”

When a Twitter user confirmed that they know of someone who is a beneficiar­y of the Swiss grant, she said: “Imagine! Switzerlan­d not SA.”

On March 25, Nathi Mthethwa, the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture announced a R150 million (US$10 million) relief fund to assist artists, athletes and technical personnel.

To date, many artists have on numerous occasions took to social media, claiming that they have not receive any financial aid from the government or their claims have been rejected.

In response to fellow artist Loyiso Majola, who also bashed the South African government for their lack of support, Mazwai revealed that she and her band received a sum of R20 000 (US$1 300) in April, which came in very handy.

“ ey gave me and my entire band and staff R20K. Which helped us buy some groceries in April last year. Blessed,” Mazwai said.— iol.

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South African songstress andiswa Mazwai

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