Repatriation of 29 South African artists in Turkey

22 May 2020

The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation have managed to coordinate the repatriation of 29 young Musicians/Artists stranded in Turkey. The artists are from disadvantaged backgrounds, and they were unable to afford the airfare on a Turkish Air flight that was flying to South Africa on 22 May 2020.
The flight was arranged by the Turkish Government to airlift its Nationals stranded in South Africa and neighbouring countries. The 29 artists were part of the 93 South Africans granted approval to board the flight to South Africa. They are due to arrive tonight and will be taken to government facility for mandatory quarantine.
Enquiries: Ms Masechaba Khumalo (Spokesperson Ministry 066 380 7408, Email:

Ms Zimasa Velaphi Chief Director Communications and Marketing: Arts and Culture, 072 172 8925, Email:

Mickey Modisane (Chief Director) Communications and Marketing: Sports, Mobile: 082 992 0101, Email:

Issued by the Department of Sport, Arts & Culture