TUCO President, Lutalo Masimba, better known as Brother Resistance, is thankful that some assistance is finally being given to members of the local culture and arts fraternity, in terms of covid relief funding.
However, he said the organisation is having some challenges with the way in which the grant could be accessed.
In fact, he said they deem the process a bit disrespectful to the entertainers who are so inclined to send applications to receive this funding.
Government confirmed that it is accepting applications for the Cultural Relief Grant from today, Friday July 10th, 2020.
The Grant was approved last week (July 2nd 2020), and is set to be a one-off payment of $5,000 in financial assistance.
TUCO has already encountered artistes reaching out to the organisation for financial help. Masimba admitted that through the organisation’s welfare committee, TUCO assisted artistes who were in need and provided hampers.
The TUCO boss also said that they are having serious concerns about recovery plans of the entertainment sector as the entertainment sector makes a significant contribution to the GDP of this country.
Masimba, however, remains hopeful that their request for dialogue with government and all national organisations in the creative sector will come to pass.