Hlaudi's 90% Local Content Policy Haunts SA Artists Amidst Gigs Getting Cancelled

This follows after they pleaded for platforms to re-adjust the scale of local music.

By  | Mar 18, 2020, 12:24 PM

Former SABC's COO Hlaudi Motsoaneng's call for the implementation of 90% local content across all SABC platforms, is rearing its ugly head again. This follows after yesterday, Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa, met with various artists and industry heavyweights in light of a strong request from the arts sector, for all media platforms to re-adjust the scale of local music.

This was to make sure that they continue cashing more coins for airplay. On Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa made the shocking announcement gathering of more than 100 people will be prohibited amidst the coronavirus outbreak, which resulted in events getting cancelled and postponed.

This has affected scores of artist's revenues because now they cannot get bookings.

Yesterday, ZAlebs spoke to a few artists, who weighed in their opinions on gigs getting cancelled and postponed, reiterating that this will affect a lot of artist's pockets.

Youtube sensation Lasizwe Dambuza said, although he made fun of the deadly virus with his skits, he is panicking now "Coronavirus is real because I'm working online, I'm now scared to bring the crew I hired, to help me with my Youtube content because what if they infect me with the virus"

He added that a lot of artists are going to get hungry now, as more gigs are getting cancelled and postponed.

Isibaya's Actor Abdul Khoza said, "We have since taken the necessary measures in our work to place including the issuing of face masks that are now being daily used, We hope it doesn't affect production on our side as that, can definitely result in affecting our salaries."

One of Durban's most renowned MC's Tha Simelane said, most of his Easter Holidays gigs have been cancelled and postponed, "I am one of the artists who have been affected by this, more than 5 of my gigs have been cancelled, I have been receiving emails from events promoters, informing me that the events have been cancelled."

Mzansi has reacted to the news of artists calling for more airplay of their music.

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