2022-w2146 - 15 June 2022

Veronica Van Dyk to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

With reference to his announcement of the R7 million relief funding for Liliesleaf Trust, of which the staff are effectively in the dark as to whether the funds have been released, and since the announcement of the Trustees of the Liliesleaf Trust, neither he nor the Administrator who has been appointed by the Trustees has convened a meeting with the staff to discuss the relief funding and when they can expect to get paid, what are the reasons that there has been no action on the part of the Trustees to engage with the Liliesleaf staff; 2. whether the funds have been released; if not, (a) why not and (b) on what date is it envisaged that the funds will be released; if so, (i) on what date were the funds released and (ii) into which account were the funds paid. 3. whether it will be yet another month the Liliesleaf staff have gone without being paid, given the specified situation and the fact they have not been paid yet again while it can be reasonably assumed that he would have ensured that the funds would have been released as a matter of priority; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Arts and Culture on 15 Jun 2022

1. The Liliesleaf staff have been kept abreast by the Trustees on measures that have been undertaken by the Trustees regarding the stabilisation and the re-organisation of the Liliesleaf Museum. The Liliesleaf Board met with the staff on 19 April 2022, where the staff was informed that the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture has been granted R7 million to re-establish the museum. The ...

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2022-w1246 - 19 April 2022

Constance Nonhlanhla Mkhonto to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

Whether he has been informed that a certain person (name and details furnished) has been suspended; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, on what grounds was this specific person suspended?

Reply from the Minister of Arts and Culture on 19 Apr 2022

Yes, I have been informed about the suspension of Mr Nicolas Wolpe by the Liliesleaf Trust Board. The suspension was based on a forensic investigation report that was launched by the Board on the misappropriation of funds at the Liliesleaf Museum.

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2022-w1245 - 19 April 2022

Constance Nonhlanhla Mkhonto to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

Whether his department has deposited the R7 million that he promised will be deposited into the Liliesleaf trust as he stated during a briefing on 5 March 2022 that his department will intervene in the Liliesleaf financial crisis; if not; what are the reasons that his department failed keep the promise; if so, on what date was the specific amount deposited?

Reply from the Minister of Arts and Culture on 19 Apr 2022

No, the Department has not deposited the R7 million into the Liliesleaf Trust Account. However, the R7 million was transferred into the account of Freedom Park to assist Liliesleaf with its financial crisis. The funds were paid into the account of Freedom Park because the Liliesleaf Board is still implementing the recommendations of the Board’s investigation on the funding that it had received in ...

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2022-w1247 - 19 April 2022

Constance Nonhlanhla Mkhonto to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

Whether any intervention strategy has been put in place to permanently remedy the crisis in Liliesleaf; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details??NW1503

Reply from the Minister of Arts and Culture on 19 Apr 2022

Yes, a turnaround strategy is being implemented by the Liliesleaf Board to permanently remedy the crisis in Liliesleaf. Furthermore, a team comprising the Department, Liliesleaf Board and Freedom Park is implementing a process towards the declaration of the Liliesleaf Museum as Cultural Institution in accordance with the Cultural Institutions Act, 119 of 1999.

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2021-w1064 - 21 May 2021

Veronica Van Dyk to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

In view of the Auditor-General (AG) report, wherein the AG states that supply chain management in his department is regressing, what steps will be taken against management who do not have the correct understanding and incorrectly interpreted the requirements of Treasury regulations and preferential procurement policy

Reply from the Minister of Arts and Culture on 21 May 2021

The Department is in a process of arranging training with the National School of Government for all senior managers and the induction workshop on Supply Chain Management (SCM) processes will be presented to all staff.

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2021-w1065 - 21 May 2021

Veronica Van Dyk to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

Whether he has found that all the museums (a) under his department and (b) in the provinces have qualified curators; if not, what are the (i) names of the museums that do not and (ii) reasons for this; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Arts and Culture on 21 May 2021

(a). All Entities under the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture have qualified Curators.

(i) n/a

(ii) n/a

 

 

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2020-w1553 - 29 July 2020

Brian Sindile Madlingozi to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

What is the department of Arts and Culture doing to safeguard unsuspecting rural families being exploited by television productions companies like the ISIBAYA telenovela producing company, which took pictures of the NDLOVU family house in MSINGA and gave the now deceased lady of the house R500 and use them to promote their television show? Are there any measures in place to protect these families? If not, why not?NW1929E

Reply from the Minister of Arts and Culture on 29 Jul 2020

There are many individual contracts between private parties that are not necessarily brought to the attention of the Department. However, government is currently in the process of changing the existing legislative regime to fight the exploitation of the creatives; and levelling the playing field.

These two pieces of legislation that are currently being reviewed are the Copyright Amendment Bill(CAB) and the Performers Protection Amendment ...

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2020-w799 - 25 May 2020

Willem Frederik Faber to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

(1) Whether his department has taken any steps to implement his announcement that playhouses will be made available for artists to perform live streaming activities; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the playhouses will be involved in creating online platforms; if so, how will it be put in practice as the sector does not render an essential service; (3) whether any partnerships have been forged with the SA Broadcasting Corporation to televise performances in addition to live streaming?

Reply from the Minister of Arts and Culture on 25 May 2020

1. Yes. The Directive was gazetted. The Director General had a meeting with the CEOs of Performing Arts Institutions and the legal team on the 9th May 2020 to address implementation.

2. Yes, if they have their own content or projects they need to implement. They will bring these to the attention of the Department; some have done so already, for consideration and inclusion ...

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2020-w707 - 18 May 2020

Brian Sindile Madlingozi to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

With reference to the national address of the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, on Tuesday, 21 April 2020, on the R500 billion rescue package in which forms of support have been extended to artists during the lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19 without providing an amount that will be allocated to artists from the R500 billion lump sum, what (a) total amount was set aside for the entire Arts segment and (b) amount will be allocated to each sector within the Arts segment?

Reply from the Minister of Arts and Culture on 18 May 2020

a) The total amount set aside for the arts segment in the R500 billion rescue package has not been determined, however, the Department recently finalised its budget needs for consideration to be part of the rescue package

b) See (a) above

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2020-w691 - 18 May 2020

Veronica Van Dyk to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

(1) What is the total cost of the litigation and/or legal fees for the National Library of South Africa during the period 1 January 2017 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; (2) what is the legal cost for each labour dispute and/or matter defended; (3) what are the relevant details of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) award on the CCMA matter of a certain person (name and details furnished); (4) (a) what was the outcome of the CCMA case against a certain person (name furnished) from the National Library of South Africa of whom the Board reported in November 2019 that the matter was resolved, (b) how was the specified matter resolved and (c) what total amount in legal fees was involved? NW893E

Reply from the Minister of Arts and Culture on 18 May 2020

1. Litigation costs from 1 January 2017 to date are as follows:

Year

Amount

2017

R 71, 383.70

2018

R 1, 807, 468.98

2019

R 2, 314, 626.18

2020

R 3, 901, 436.20

Total

R 8, 094, 915.15

 

2. The legal cost for each labour dispute are as follows:

Year

Litigation

Amount in Rands

October 2018 - September 2019

NLSA vs Executive Director: ...

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