The Provincial Department of Sports, Arts and Culture is currently embarking on an outreach programme enabling the sector with a 2- days psychological and wellness intervention programme at the Range Resort outside Polokwane, supported by the DSAC Minister, Nathi Mthethwa and varous organisations.
Speaking on HeitaFM, The Ultimate Talk this evening, Limpopo Arts and Culture Youth Forum (LACYF) Chairperson, Freddy Molope says this programme is of great significant and will benefit the industry since its outlining an awareness campaing in terms of mental health issues faced by artists and athlets due to the frustrations due to the Covid-19 pandemic that hard hit the industry.
“We are very much greateful with such interventions implemented by the Department in empowering creatives, I’m also looking forward in challenges various issues affecting the industry unapologetically, specifically fundings of the sector and full capacity open of the industry ” said Molope.
Meanwhile, Evergreen Arts Centre Chairperson, Bafedile Masasa says at the moment challenges raised from the maladministration of the R300 million relief funds allocated by the DSAC to benefit the industry has left many defeated and left artists in hunger during the pandemic as they were unable to generate income.
Furthermore, Masasa says this intervention is a therapeutic session for them and the information should be spread throughout to other artists who were unable to attend due to the limitation of indoors events capacity.
“After this event I’ll be able to know how to manage anxiety, stress, depression also know how to deal with gender based violence & femicide issues and financial management aspects” said Masasa.