The Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA) has dismissed allegations that the funding from the KwaZulu-Natal government for the South African Music Awards (Samas) would have been misused for political gains. RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi expressed disappointment over the characterization of the Samas, a prestigious and apolitical national cultural asset that has been in operation for 29 years, as a conduit for looting.

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Impact of Funding Withdrawal

The withdrawal of the department’s funding and hosting of the awards was announced by KZN economic development, tourism and environmental affairs (Edtea) MEC Siboniso Duma. This decision has led to the cancellation of the awards that were scheduled to take place on November 17-18 at the Durban International Convention Centre. Sibisi highlighted that this sudden turn of events is a loss for musicians and creatives who often receive the short end of the stick.

Economic Implications

The Samas was expected to create more than 150 new job opportunities and confirm up to 350 rooms per night in various hotels between November 12 and 20. These hotel groups would have further benefited from providing accommodation to the estimated 3,500 to 4,000 South African music supporters who would have visited the province from across the country, the continent, and the world.

By Shamiso Miracle

Shamiso Miracle completed her degree in journalism and media studies at the University of Zimbabwe before honing her skills at Savanna News. She then went on to work at iHarare News, becoming a voice for everyday SA citizens who wanted to share their stories. When she's not writing news that entertains and inspires ,Shamiso is an avid reader and a wellness bunny.

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