It was announced during midday on all socials that President Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa will address the nation at 20h00 today, Sunday, 28 November 2021, on developments in the country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Closing the country for strict Covid-19 fourth wave lockdown will ‘finish us’, said some of the Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) performing artists. In the capital city of KZN fears and speculation of a strict lockdown and imminent closure of the country, as a result of the Covid-19 fourth wave, is creeping in with artists in the entertainment industry saying this will be the end of their music careers, since it has been hard for artists to perform from the past year.
The KZN Cultural and Creative Industries Federation in South Africa (CCIFSA) have mentioned that artists were prepared to utilise the festive season to recover in terms of funds and performances from nearly two years of no activities in the entertainment industry. The well- known spokesperson for artists in KZN Mr Thokozani ‘‘Tzozo’’ Zulu told the Daily News that any attempt to close the country will ‘finish’ the struggling artists, because some artists do not have adequate followers on live streaming music apps such as Spotify, therefore it’s hard to find alternative ways to make money. Mr Zulu said pleaded with the government to be considerate and they should show empathy towards the entertainment industry through financial support and collective initiatives in raising awareness around Covid-19.
At the end of the day the government makes decisions which they think are the best for the country and the citizens, and the reason why the entertainment industry might be affected is an aftermath of no social distancing at events which enables the virus to spread freely amongst them.
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