Penny Penny, Dr Thomas Chauke and Dr Colbert Mukwevho Help Struggling Artists: The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has hit South African artists so hard that some of them don’t have any food to eat or money to continue maintaining their lifestyle. Many bookings and the sale of CDs have been cancelled due to COVID-19.
Although Government of South Africa has made available relief grants for South African artists, many of them are still struggling and have nothing to eat.
Yesterday, legendary Limpopo artists Penny Penny (Eric Nkovani), Dr Thomas Chauke and Dr Colbert Mukwevho attended an event at Matsila Village, outside Louis Trichardt, to receive food parcels on behalf of more than 200 artists who are under their leadership.
The event was organised by the Radzambo Cultural Foundation, the Vhembe District Musicians Forum and other non-governmental organisations.
City Press reported that the foundation managed to fund raise for food parcels after requesting the assistance of Chief Livhuwani Matsila of the foundation in HaMatsila near Makhado.
“Many have lost gigs and can’t afford to buy themselves and their families food. We know it’s not much but it’s better than going hungry.” – the reality show host of Papa Penny Ahee said. “I’m a reality star, an artist and local councillor.” – said Penny Penny who did receive food parcels as he has many ways to make a living.
“We will die of hunger, and plead with our government to not ignore us. We didn’t even apply for the announced relief funds because government failed to communicate properly about the applications” – Dr Thomas Chauke commended Matsila for thinking about the artists
“Today we handed over 300 food parcels for the artists. The food parcels consist of maize meal, a bag of rice, cooking oil, sugar, salt tea bags and tin stuff among other essentials,” – Matsila said.
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Zita Zimande is a sports news journalist from the University of Johannesburg. Besides being a sports fanatic, she loves to cook during her spare time.