by Adv Boitumelo Babuseng, MPL – DA Provincial Spokesperson for Economic Development
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Date: 10 April 2018
The Democratic Alliance calls on the government-supported organisers of the Diamonds & Dorings festival, Macronymn 37, to speed up payments to local artists and SMEs, who reportedly have not received payment for their performances at the festival held more than a week ago.
It is not the first time that the festival has failed local artists.
In 2017, local artists were left waiting for payment up to four months after the event has taken place. Some SMEs have also been forced to take legal action against Macronymn 37. These SMEs should be able to use their resources on expanding their businesses rather than spending their limited cash on legal action. It is unacceptable that local artists must fight for every cent and are left high and dry for months while international artists receive preferential treatment.
A company such as Macronymn 37, which has received support from various organs of state on top of the fees generated by ticket prices, must surely have enough cash on hand to settle its debts to the local community.
Organs of state which supported the event must also call the organisers to account and ensure that public funds channelled towards the festivities were used to expand opportunities for local artists.
When government uses public funds to support festivals of this nature, it must ensure that organisers and implementing agents use public funds to the benefit of the local community. The primary responsibility of government, in supporting these festivals, is to bring opportunities to our local community.
A DA-led government respects the right of people to work and supports the freedom of people to pursue their chosen profession. Government is obligated to respect our artists and must live up to this obligation by ensuring that implementing agents such as Macronymn 37 pay local companies. A DA-led government will not allow this type of non-payment to happen.
Adv Boitumelo Babuseng, MPL
DA Provincial Spokesperson for Economic Development
082 302 2117 / 079 874 6179
071 251 5558