EXTENSION OF CLOSING DATE: COVID-19 Relief Fund Applications for Sports, Arts & Culture Sector to 6 April 2020

2 April 2020

Media Alert
01 April 2020

The Sport, Arts and Culture sector remains one of the hardest hit industries by the COVID–19 Pandemic. Due to this outbreak, all scheduled national events in the sector have been cancelled, postponed or suspended with the objective of minimizing the spread of the Corona virus and flattening the infectious curve.

Cognisant of the implications of this pandemic on practitioners of this sector, the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa on 25 March 2020, announced measures and committed R150 million towards assisting artists, athletes, technical personnel and the core ecosystem that supports them, to soften the economic impact sparked by the Corona virus pandemic.

In facilitating the implementation of the commitment, and to address the many queries emanating from the announcement, the Department has developed a number of instruments that will assist the applicants in submitting their requests with relative ease. The Department has also considered requests from the sector to review and consider extending the submission dates of the applications

In light of the rationale for extension, the Department has therefore acceded to the request and extended the deadline to the 6 April 2020.

This extension of time will allow applicants sufficient time to submit all required documents.

It is the intention of the Department to expedite the relief to the sector speedily and as efficiently as possible and in compliance with the relevant prescripts. The necessary information and application forms will be uploaded on the Department’s websites and other digital platforms.


 For further enquiries, kindly contact the following:

 1. Mr Mickey Modisane Chief Director Marketing and Communications (Sport) Cell number: 082 992 0101

2. Ms Zimasa Velaphi Marketing and Communications (Arts and Culture) Cell number: 072 172 8925

3. Masechaba Ndlovu Spokesperson to the Minister Cell number: 066 380 7408