2022-w2348 - 20 July 2022

Veronica Van Dyk to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

Whether, with reference to the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State, his department spent any money on artists during the COVID-19 period; if not, what was the budget then used for; if so, what (a) the total amount of the budget was spent in support of artists during the specified period and (b) is the breakdown of the (i) relevant information and (ii) circumstances around the specified budget expenditure?

Reply from the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture on 20 Jul 2022

There were no funds directly spent on PACOFS during the COVID-19 period by the Department.

Budget allocated for COVID relief by the Department since 2020 to date is R808 Million that has so far benefitted 59 224 creatives and athletes.

Out of these initiatives 8355 jobs were retained and 29 211 new jobs created in the sector.

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2022-w2365 - 20 July 2022

Denis Joseph to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

(1) Whether the Cabinet decision to erect a monumental flag and the review of the project as he proposed will be referred back to Cabinet for discussion and final decision; if not, what is the process of the review; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether his department will initiate a public participation process, and/or alternatively provide suggestions on how the R22 million allocated for the monumental flag project will be spent as per the approved annual performance plan; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW2787E

Reply from the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture on 20 Jul 2022

  1. Cabinet’s decision to erect a monumental flag and the review of the project as proposed will be referred to Cabinet for further discussion and final decision; this is in the light of the fact that one of the key mandates of the department is to promote nation-building and social cohesion. National symbols, especially the national flag, expresses the country’s common identity, which is pivotal ...
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2022-w2269 - 01 July 2022

Veronica Van Dyk to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

(1). Whether he will provide Mrs. V van Dyk with a copy of the latest safeguarding policy of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details. (2). whether the safeguarding policy makes provision for coaches who are facing criminal charges in all federations to be suspended; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details. (3). whether any coaches have been suspended since the new policy was adopted; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in which federation was each coach coaching. (4) whether the head coach of Swimming South Africa has been suspended; if not, why no if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture on 1 Jul 2022

1. Yes, a copy of the revised policy is attached. This policy is scheduled to be approved at the upcoming Annual General Meeting in November 2022. We have also attached the currently endorsed policy for ease of reference.

2. SASCOC encourages all its members to follow their internal due processes (as determined by their respective Safeguarding Policies and Constitution) and only when such matters ...

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2022-w2293 - 01 July 2022

Tsepo Winston Mhlongo to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 2300 on 18 November 2021, he is now in a position to furnish Mr. T W Mhlongo with a copy of the conference resolutions; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date will he be in a position to furnish a copy of the conference resolutions; if so, (i) on what date and (ii) what are the further relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture on 1 Jul 2022

May the Honourable Member be specific as to which Conference is referring too?

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2022-w2270 - 01 July 2022

Veronica Van Dyk to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

(1)Whether he declared his intention at the signing of the shareholder compact on 10 March 2022, to call for the renaming of the Afrikaanse Taalmonument; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) is the mandate of the National Heritage Council (NHC) in terms of changing the names of heritage sites and (b) role has the NHC been playing in delivering its mandate, specifically in terms of intensifying support for the promotion of the history and culture of all our people; (2) whether he has found that the NHC supports his renaming initiative; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details. (3) whether he has found that by renaming the Afrikaanse Taalmonument he will be infringing on the constitutional rights of the Afrikaans-speaking people and their heritage; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture on 1 Jul 2022

  1. No such policy has been made by the Department or the Ministry to remove Afrikaans from the name of the Afrikaanse Taalmuseum en monument. So there will be no name change on the atm. We have charged our entities to ensure that as part of the language development, the entity should take on board at least one indigenous language.
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2022-w2268 - 01 July 2022

Veronica Van Dyk to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

(1). With reference to the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State, what (a) total number of (i) legal cases and (ii) disciplinary cases have been ongoing from 1 January 2019 up to the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) is the (i) status, (ii) reason for each case and (iii) total amount spent on each specified case. (2). what is the total amount spent on the (a) upliftment of artists and (b) legal fees? (3). whether the recommendations of the (a) Bonakude and (b) Morar forensic investigation reports have been implemented; if not, why not, in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply from the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture on 1 Jul 2022

Total number of cases 16.

(i) Legal cases = 3 cases

(ii) Disciplinary cases = 13 cases

(3) Recommendations of Bonakude and Morar report

a) Morar report’s recommendations are fully implemented

b) Bonakude report’s recommendations are 90% implemented. Process is already underway to conclude the remaining 10%.

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2022-w2395 - 01 July 2022

Tsepo Winston Mhlongo to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

(1) Whether his department has an email address for members of the public who would like to ask any questions from his department and/or make any queries; if not, why not; if so, what is the email address. (2) whether his department has a call-centre number that the public can call if they have any issue in the sector; if not, why not; if so, what is the contact number that is dedicated to answer public queries? (3) what are the details of all communication channels at the disposal of the sport, arts, and culture sector to communicate with his department?

Reply from the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture on 1 Jul 2022

1. Yes, the Department has an email to the office of the Director General (DG’s office): Directorgeneral@dsac.gov.za They also use an email address of the Head of Communications advertised on our website.

2. Yes, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture currently has a dedicated Call Centre which is used to handle enquiries relating to all relief programmes including Mzansi Golden Economy (MGE) Programme. ...

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2022-w2294 - 01 July 2022

Tsepo Winston Mhlongo to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

Whether, with reference to his reply to question 1619 on 18 June 2021, he is now in a position to provide Mr. T W Mhlongo with the proposed timelines; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date will he be in a position to furnish the proposed timelines; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture on 1 Jul 2022

The Departmental Task Team on amalgamation has mapped a process towards the merger of the National Arts Council and the National Film and Video Foundation. The estimated timeline for the merger of the two entities will be informed by the conclusion of the enactment of the new legislation.

In this instance it is estimated that a period of 18 to 24 months is required ...

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2022-w2295 - 01 July 2022

Tsepo Winston Mhlongo to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

Whether, 17 with reference to his reply to question 820 on 1 April 2022, he is now in a position to provide Mr T W Mhlongo with the requested information; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date does he envisage that he will be in a position to furnish the requested information; if so, (i) on what date and (ii) what are the further relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture on 1 Jul 2022

The difficulty we encounter, the records the Honorable Member requires are more than five years old. In terms of National Treasury Regulation 17.2 of March 2005, the institutions of state including government departments are allowed to dispose of the documents when five years have lapsed.

The documents we had when I responded to question 820, were not the relevant documents.

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2022-w2191 - 15 June 2022

Tsepo Winston Mhlongo to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

(1)With reference to his reply to question 819 on 31 March 2022, (a) who gave his department the mandate to fight litigation and (b) on whose behalf was his department meant to fight the matter; (2) whether the litigation was budgeted for; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, from which budget item did the money come?

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

As articulated in responses to question 818 and 819, the status quo remains.

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