Athletes, artists urged to apply for Covid-19 relief funds

By ZBC Reporter

Government has assured local athletes and artists that they will all be cushioned from the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic regardless of where they come from.

Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Minister, Kirsty Coventry descended on Chinhoyi this Monday where she interacted with artists and athletes from Mashonaland West province.

High on the agenda was the 20 million Zimbabwean dollar Covid-19 relief fund availed by government, with athletes and artists appealing for help.

“Our plea is for this intervention to be a monthly intervention; we have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic as we used to survive on marathon tournaments.”

“We thank you for remembering us, my question is on those who applied late for the fund are you going to consider them, also we kindly appeal to you to relax the lockdown regulations for artists the same way you have done for churches.”

Mashonaland West Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Cde Mary Mliswa expressed concern over the exclusion of artists and athletes from rural areas.

“It is quite undeniable that several artists and clubs in remote areas are yet to be registered, we, therefore, appeal to you to afford this disadvantaged group a chance.”

In response, Minister Coventry assured the delegates that no artist or sportsperson will be left out.

“I know that some of the guidelines to applying were very hard but what I will promise you is that no one will be left out.”

She also revealed plans by her Ministry to train artists on virtual performances.

“Technology work for you, but there is a specific way of doing that, as a ministry, we will offer different training on how to be more successful in promoting yourself online.”

Government availed a 20 million Zimbabwe dollar Covid-19 Relief fund for athletes and artists which was split evenly between the two sectors.