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The South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg has ordered that the National Arts Council (NAC) pay the National Arts Festival R3.4m of its original R8m grant within 72 hours. The balance will form part of further legal action that the court ordered should be expedited.
The NAC had tried to enforce unilateral changes to a contract that forms part of the Presidential Economic Stimulus Programme (PESP), which it is currently managing.
We brought a court case that dismissed attempts by the National Arts Council (NAC) to enforce unilateral changes to a contract which forms part of the Presidential Economic Stimulus Programme (PESP), currently being managed by the NAC. Read the story here https://t.co/Z11CtD2vHlpic.twitter.com/QOlzfgmAez
The NAC had initially granted the festival R8m to run three projects in the Makhanda region as well as the rest of the country. With the projects underway and the bulk of the funds committed, the NAC then reneged on the agreement and attempted to force the festival to accept less than half of the original grant or lose it entirely.
Hundreds of organisations were sent the same message by the NAC.
Today, the court sent a single, clear message back, repudiating the high-handed approach of the NAC,” festival CEO Monica Newton said.
"The court effectively repudiated the arts council’s stance that it should be allowed to unilaterally change grant agreements. They can’t, and that much is now clear. It also means that the arts council can’t hold the arts community to ransom with their ‘take it or leave it’ approach,” Newton added. “We’re hoping that this ruling will embolden all other organisations to challenge what the NAC is doing.
The NAC had previously maintained in press releases and letters to the industry that beneficiaries had to accept greatly reduced grant amounts or risk forfeiting the full grant – a position that the court ruled was untenable.
Some 1 215 practitioners in the arts, culture and heritage sector are receiving much needed relief as the National Arts Council (NAC) starts the distribution of the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP) grants to successful beneficiaries.
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“Although full funding has not been restored yet, the ruling means that the festival can at least begin to honour its contracts with artists, creatives and technical professionals who have been working with us on these projects. The grant is set to fund productions and exhibitions that have and will employ hundreds of artists, technical crews and creatives, and create work that we hope will, over a period of time, generate an ongoing stream of income for those artists.”
The festival-managed projects were also set to include the establishment of an arts hub in Makhanda, and a project that will encourage artists and creatives to interrogate the 1820 Settlers’ Monument in Makhanda.
The National Arts Council says R68.4 million has been paid to 512 beneficiaries as part of Covid-19 relief. The steps outside the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town were a hive of activity on Saturday, with about 50 artists, musicians, dancers and puppeteers performing as part of ongoing protests.
“All of our projects are aimed at helping artists build sustainable careers in the arts, and to re-stitch the fabric of our artistic community. The Covid-19 pandemic has decimated the industry and now is the time that all organisations and individuals in the sector need to pool their expertise and resources to find, and fund, big solutions. The NAC should be partnering to deliver that vision,” Newton concluded.
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