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[PICS & VIDS] Mother City spotlights plight of live events industry #lightSARed

6 August 2020 11:12 AM

The industry has been hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown and it does not look like the end is in sight anytime soon.

In an attempt to get government, and in particular Minister of Arts, Culture, Sports and Recreation Nathi Mthethwa, to listen, the live events industry launched the #LightSARed campaign. Red spotlights were lit up from 6 pm to 8 pm on Wednesday evening.

In Cape Town, these included Table Mountain, the Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town City Hall, Cape Town Castle, the Civic Centre, and The Cape Wheel and the Clock Tower at the V&A Waterfront.

This industry has been decimated by the Covid-19 extended lockdown period with many actors, artists, theatres and music venues in their knees.

Many of the technical workers who normally are employed behind the scenes on productions say they have not received any assistance from government.

Technical Production Services Association chair Sharif Baker chats to Lester Kiewit about the #LightSARed campaign.

It is to gain awareness of government because 90% of our workforce are freelancers and so do not have access to Ters or UIF. The staff is in distress to try and put a loaf of bread on the table.

Sharif Baker, chair - Technical Production Services Association

These include light and sound engineers, wardrobe and make-up and stagehands.

These are the unsung heroes of our industry and have had no work and no pay for five months and literally eating off scraps.

Sharif Baker, chair - Technical Production Services Association

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