Briefing by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) on the 2022/23 Annual Performance Plan and Budget

NCOP Education and Technology, Sports, Arts and Culture

22 June 2022
Chairperson: Mr E Nchabeleng (ANC, Limpopo)
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Meeting Summary

Sport, Arts & Culture

The Select Committee on Education and Technology, Sport, Arts, and Culture was briefed on the Annual Performance Plan and Budget for 2022/23 of the Department of Sports, Arts, and Culture (DSAC). The Director-General (DG) of the DSAC spoke extensively in respect of all questions raised, with very full engagement covering a wide range of topics. The CFO took the Committee through the budget of the DSAC after the presentation by the DG.

Questions that were posed by the Committee related to matters around the reduced budget of the DSAC, they asked the Department how they were planning on dealing with reduced budget. The Members wanted to know what the Department was going to do about the lack of infrastructure and restoring of libraries and art galleries in certain areas, as there were museums and libraries that have been closed down and neglected.

Other matters the Committee brought to the Department’s attention related to issues of ongoing racism and they wanted to know how the Department was planning on dealing with this. They wanted to know whether the Department was planning on implementing more social-cohesion programmes to strengthen communities and leadership within communities, along with the possibility of employing more social cohesion advocates in the provinces. The Committee also brought to the Department’s attention that there were certain artists who had issue with how the Department treated them during COVID-19, in terms of the compensation they received, and they wanted clarity on that matter.

Lastly, Members raised questions around the Imbizos, and asked whether or not the Department planned on holding more Imbizos across the provinces. On vacancies within the Department, the Committee wanted clarity on whether or not all the critical vacancies within the Department had been filled.

The Chairperson and the Committee commended the Department n their programmes to include, promote and develop the inclusion of women, youth and persons with disabilities in the sector. The Chairperson highlighted the importance of the DSAC in combatting social issue within the country and in uniting the people of South Africa.

Meeting report

The Committee and the members of the Department of Sports, Arts, and Culture were welcomed by the Chairperson. The agenda was viewed and the Chairperson mentioned that the Department of SAC played an important role in uniting the people of South Africa.

The agenda for the meeting was viewed briefly. The Chairperson asked if the members wanted to add anything to the agenda, but everyone was satisfied with the outline of the meeting’s agenda.

The Chairperson asked if there were any apologies, and there was an apology from the Minister because he was attending a Cabinet meeting. The other apology was from the Deputy Minister, she was unable to attend the meeting due to the fact that she had to travel back to JHB from a funeral.

The Chairperson asked if any of the members had any comments on the apologies. He mentioned that they are not allowed to continue with a meeting on an Annual Performance Plan and Budget Meeting if the Minister and/or Deputy-Minster are not present. He acknowledged that Director-General was, in fact, present and asked the Committee to allow him to present the DSAC’s APP and Budget to the Committee and to answer any questions the Committee had. He handed it over to the Committee to decide on whether or not they could continue with the meeting.

Ms Gillion (ANC, WC) suggested that they do not continue with the meeting. She said that it was unacceptable that the Minister and Deputy Minister were not present. She said that they have to adhere to the rules of Parliament.

Ms Ndongeni (ANC, EC) agreed by saying that it was unacceptable that the Minister and Deputy Minister were unable to be present, saying that all Departments must be treated equally.

Ms Christians (DA, NC) and Ms SA Luthuli (EFF, KZN) both agreed with the Members.

The situation was discussed by the Committee and many alternative were discussed. After a brief discussion, the Chairperson suggested that they move on to the next item on the agenda.

Committee Minutes

The Chairperson suggested that they consider the minutes of previous meetings, while they waited for the Deputy Minister to join the meeting. The Committee considered adopting minutes of a previous meeting. The minutes were viewed very briefly.

Ms Nocawe Noncedo Mafu Deputy Minister, DSAC, was able to attend the meeting.

Meeting Report

Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) on the Annual Performance Plan and Budget for 2022/23

Mr Vusumuzo Mkihze, Director-General, DSAC, took the Committee through the Annual Performance Plan and Budget of the DSAC for 2022/23 (see attached document for all details).

He explained the outline of the presentation and pointed out that the presentation was divided into five parts: Part A, Part B,  Part C, Part D and E. He took the Committee through what guides their planning. Thereafter, he discussed the strategic plan, by outlining the mandate of the Constitution, highlighting what Acts are captured in in the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan of the Department along with the Bills and regulations. He briefly viewed over what policies and framework documents were in the process of being reviewed/developed.

Thereafter, he took the Committee through part B of the presentations, which was the strategic focus of the DSAC, and this included the situational analysis of the DSAC, explain how it has been adapted to include some of the following:

  • Transforming society and uniting the country
  • DSAC response to gender-based violence
  • Adaptations to the risks posed by Covid-19
  • Vaccination social mobilisation campaign of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture
  • Accelerating economic recovery
  • Cross-cutting focus areas: youth, women, and persons with disabilities
  • Fighting corruption and strengthening the state
  • Ministerial priorities

He discussed what some of the government priorities were, and what interventions the DSAC put in place to align with the priorities. the governmental priorities included matters such as economic transformation and job creation a better Africa and world. The DSAC then increased market share of and job opportunities created in sport, cultural and creative industries, and he mentioned what interventions the DSAC put in place to, along with what the outcomes and output were of the interventions.

Part C of the presentation was on how the DSAC measured their performance, and five programmes were discussed in this section, being:

Programme One: Administration. He said that the purpose on this programme was provide strategic leadership, management and support services to the Department. He pointed out that the programme included several sub-programmes, such as: Ministry; Management; Strategic Management and Planning; Corporate Services; Office of the Chief Financial Officer; and Office Accommodation. He guided the Committee through the output indicators and their annual targets.

Programme Two: Recreation Development and Sport Promotion. He said that the purpose of Programme Two was to support the provision of mass-participation opportunities, the development of elite athletes, and the regulation and maintenance of facilities. This Programme had three sub-programmes:

  1. Winning Nation supports the development of elite athletes;
  2. Active Nation that supports the provision of mass participation opportunities in sport and recreation, and
  3. Infrastructure Support which regulates and manages the provision of sport and recreation, and arts and culture facilities. This sub-programme also provides technical support during the construction, repair and renovation of buildings belonging to public entities and other institutions in the sport, arts and culture sector.

Thereafter he discussed Programme Three: Arts and Culture Promotion and Development. The purpose of this Programme was to promote and develop arts, culture and languages, and implement the national social cohesion strategy. The Programme had five sub-Programmes:

  • National Language Services
  • Cultural and Creative Industries Development
  • International Cooperation
  • Social Cohesion and Nation Building
  • Mzansi Golden Economy

He said that the Department had 3 Gender-Based Violence and Femicide projects that were financially supported. Along with a number of youth focused arts development programmes. He also pointed out that there were a number of advocacy platforms on social cohesion implemented by social cohesion advocates, among other output indicators.

Programme Four was focused on the Heritage Promotion and Preservation. The purpose of this Programme was to preserve and promote South African heritage, including archival and heraldic heritage; oversee and transfer funds to libraries. He discussed the sub-programmes, along with the output indicators and their annual targets.

Lastly, he took the Committee through the DSAC’s GBVF response Programme. He said that South Africa continues to be immersed in a crisis of gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF) and the Department has considered various initiatives to contribute to the fight against the GBVF scourge. The programmes the DSAC is running include discouraging harmful cultural practices, community conversations, translating GBVF messaging into all languages. Several other campaigns include Baqhawefazi, Silapha Wellness programme and the Golekane campaign. All the programmes’ contribution ranges from creating a platform for men to become part of the solution, to a wellness programme dedicated to providing psychosocial support for athletes and creatives.

He said that the programmes are not only targeted at women, but also youth and persons with disabilities. He said that the DSAC’s programmes will prioritise the mainstreaming of women, youth and persons with disabilities as espoused in the NDP Vision 2030. He guided the Committee through the various ways in which the DSAC planned to include, promote and development the inclusion of women, youth and persons with disabilities into systems and programmes within the DSAC.

Thereafter, he briefly discussed Part D: Technical Indicator Descriptions, and Part E: The Annexures to the APP.

During the presentation the Chairperson lost connection.

After the presentation by Mr V Mkihze, Mr Israel Mokgwamme, Chief Financial Officer, DSAC, took the Committee through the Budget of the DSAC. He explained what percentage of the budget was being allocated to each programme. Thereafter, he provided a summary of total budget per economic classification. He mentioned what the 2022 MTEF earmarked funds were, along with the MTEF specifically and exclusively appropriated funds. He highlighted how much of the Mass-participation and Sport Development Grant and the Community Library and Service Grant was allocated to each province.

Ms N Ndongeni (ANC, EC) acted as the Chairperson in Mr ME Nchabeleng’s (ANC, LP) absence and she thanked the Department for their presentation.

Discussion

The presentation by the DSAC was welcomed by all the members of the Committee.

Ms DC Christians (DA, NC) said that her questions will be submitted to the Department in writing. She commented on the R44 million that has been set aside for the cultural and creative industries, saying that this industry needs the funds to stay relevant. Saying that it was an important intervention that needed to take to combat the impact that COVOID-19 had and that they were going to have to take place if these industries were going to survive. She highlighted that there was an increase in the number of entities that have been experiencing operational funding shortages. She mentioned that there were 7 entities in the 2022/23 budget where the funding has been prioritized. She asked the Department how the funding will be managed and reported on. She asked how the Department how will ensure that the Select Committee is kept up to date on the progress of these museums.

She noticed that the William Humphreys Art Gallery in Kimberly has been listed as one of the entities that will receive funding. She asked when the art gallery will receive the funding and the needed attention from the Department. She wanted clarity from the Department on how the money would be rolled out and asked the Department to provide the Committee with a timeframe for the process. Additionally, she mentioned that the Barkly West museum, also in the Northern Cape, has been closed down and that the infrastructure has been dilapidated. She asked how much funding the Department would provide to restore this museum and if they were planning in restoring it at all. She observed that the library in Barkly West has also been closed down recently, because of infrastructure and funding issues. She asked how the Department planned on restoring or reviving these libraries that have been neglected, just like the Kimberly City Library, in terms of infrastructure and funding.

Lastly, she asked what measures the Department will put in place to will ensure that all the funding that is planned to be allocated to the creative industries, libraries, and museums will be managed effectively while ensuring that the independent beneficiaries are not affected by poor planning during the process. Will be Department give the Committee continuous feedback on the process?

Ms M Gillion (ANC, WC) commented on the presentation by STATSSA on issue of racism. She said that issues were raised during that presentation. She asked the Department what social-cohesion programs they are running within the Western Cape to assist the WC in combatting signs of racism. She said that South Africa has been a democracy for many years now and there is no space for racism in the country. She mentioned that the field workers were humiliated and she highlighted that the DSAC has an important role to play in social cohesion and uniting the people of South Africa.

Mr MR Bara (DA, GAU) raised the issue of artists who were unhappy with how the Department dealt with matters of compensation during COVID-19, and they felt like they were outdone by the Department. He asked the Department to provide the Committee with an update on the situation, whether it has been resolved or where they are on the matter.

The Chairperson asked if there were any other questions that the Committee had, but there were no further questions from the Committee.

Ms N Ndongenii (ANC, EC) noticed that the Department added a new indicator in Programme One of their presentation: Imbizos. On the number of Izimbizos that are being held on issues around sports, arts, and culture, she asked the Department how they will ensure that these Izimbizos are effective, and how the Department will ensure that the resolutions from the Izimbizos will be incorporated into the principles of the Department. She asked how much of the budget will be allocated to the Izimbizos since there has been a cut in the budget for Programme One.

On vacancies within the DSAC, she asked if all the critical vacancies have been filled within the Department, and if not, why there is a delay in the process.

On Programme Two, she noticed that there has also been a reduction in the budget and she asked why the budget has been reduced and what effect the reduced budget will have on sports recreation and development.

She raised a question to the CFO, asking him to explain to her what the difference is between current and capital.

Response

Mr Vusumuzi Mkhize, Director-General, DSAC addressed the issue on the museums and the libraries and asked that his colleagues deal with the rest of the questions that were raised by the Committee.

Ms N Ndongeni (ANC, EC) raised another question to the Department. She observed that the Department stated nowhere in their APP how they are planning to support athletics to prepare for the 2024 Olympics. She asked whether the Department has set aside any program and funds for the 2024 Olympic Games to ensure that South Africa wins more medals.

Ms Puleng Kekana, Director, Library Policy and Coordination, DSAC, commented on the question about the Barclay West Library, saying that it was closed because it was being refurbished because the library had a leaking roof. He said that the library is now fully operational, mentioning that they had an event there in April of this year.  He mentioned that the Committee also probably observed that there is a current and capital budget. He said that the capital budget is meant to support provinces, in terms of restoring, maintenance, and refurbishing and then provinces have access to those funds to address issues that need to be addressed.

Ms Thembi Malao, Director: Entities management, DSAC mentioned that the museums across the country have been heavily affected by COVID-19, mentioning that some of them were experiencing issues before the pandemic hit. She said that some financial intervention was provided to the William Humphreys museum. On the question of how the Department will monitor the funds that have been allocated to the different entities, she said that the DSAC has a committee that monitors the progress and allocation of funds to entities. The Department will monitor the annual and quarterly reports, and their portfolio committee will be doing quarterly visits to the entities and write up reports. Thereafter, the Department will assess the reports and address the issues that have been highlighted in the reports.

On the issue of the Barkly Museum, she said that the Department will have to engage with the provincial department. However, she said that they will ensure that the museum engages with the correct authority to identify and address the challenges to ensure that it is restored to be fully functioning again.

Ms Mandisa Tshikwatamba, DDG: Corporate Governance, DSACDDG, addressed the question of the social cohesion programs in the Eastern Cape. Firstly, she said that they do have social cohesion advocates who are spread across the various provinces and they are currently addressing the issues, as some have become inactive. Currently, they are left with two active social cohesion advocates in the Western Cape. The programmes that they are running, the programs are focused on communities, assisting communities with their leadership structures and how to deal with their social issues. The programs are community leader empowerment programs. However, she said that there are programs where they would go in and assist the local leadership structures on various issues, for example, with conflict resolution, youth-focused interventions; GBVF-related programs, etc. She said that she will address the issue that was raised and create a program to deal with the matter and similar matters.

On the Imbizos, she said that it is a new indicator that the Department has introduced. They have made it clear that they will try to have Imbizos in every province and the budget for the Imbizos falls under the budget that they have formed for other initiatives. They are taking a percentage (about 10%) of the budget for these initiatives and allocating it towards the Imbizos. This allows the Department a rough estimate of about R500 000 per province. As the Imbizos are part of a joint plan, the Department will partner up with their joint departments in every provinces to run and implement the Imbizos.

On the issue of the priority vacancies within the Department, they have filled all the priority positions.

Dr Cynthia Khumalo, DDG: Arts and Culture Promotion, DSAC, addressed the question on the issue of the relief and disgruntlement of the artists. As far as the Department is concerned, they have tried their best in dealing with the challenges that the artists faced during COVID-19. She mentioned that several interventions were put in place and support that was provided. Around R811 million of support was provided as part of the relief fund. She indicated that a smaller percentage of the funds was allocated to the athletes, but more than 95% was allocated to the creative industry. The intervention was part of a relief fund that was divided up into three phases. The Department  partnered up with the Department of Smaller Businesses and Development and they contributed a percentage of the budget to meet the specific needs of the identifies areas. Looking at the total relief fund, R179 million of the budget was made up the reprioritization and it has benefitted 21 000 creatives across the country. A total number of beneficiaries was more than 59 000, including enterprises that the Department has supported. She said that the Department has done their best to support creatives in the industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ms Sumayya Khan, DDG: Recreation and Sports Development, DSAC, addressed the question of the budget reductions in Programmes One and Two. The budget was reduced by R2 million from last year and it was a decision that was informed by Treasury.

On the issue around athletics, she said that athletics is one of the priority codes of sport and that they do provide support to around 60 of the federations. She said that their budget is limited in terms of the support that they give to the federations. She said that they have around R117 million that they can transfer to more or less 60 sporting codes. in the case of athletes, they have allocated around R5.7 million to them in the last financial year. The Department provided support in terms of administration costs as well as support towards the programs.

On the question of supporting the athletes for the 2024 Olympic Games, she said that responsibility lies with the irrespective federations to prepare the athletes for the event, as well as with the South African Sports Federation and Committee. As for the Department, they look at the prospects of the different sports codes, the number of medals they have, and the prospect of them winning more medals. They also provide support to The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) to identify the athletes who have the potential to win medals at international events, which include other codes of sport, not just athletics. The Department, along with SASCO, has already started to review team South Africa’s performance in the last Olympics in preparation for the Paris Olympics in 2024. The analysis was done by an independent service provider and they are waiting on the report of the review. Many of the athletes who will be participating in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in July this year will also be competing in the Paris Olympics in 2024, which will also serve as preparation.

In support of athletics as a whole, she said that if you look at the Senior African Championships that took place this year, the Department committed to a system, and if you look at the performance of South Africa at Mauritius, South Africa had 89 athletes who represented the country, of which 36 of them received podium places (9 gold, 13 silver, and 24 bronze), finishing second on the medals table behind Kenya.

Mr Vusumuzi Mkhize, Director-General, DSAC, said that interventions will also continue to be made along with SASCOC to review the previous performance of the SA team. They will look at the report and identify where interventions should be made. Thereafter, the Department will report back to the Committee.

The Department also has a separate budget to assist SASCOC in the preparation of the teams for the Paris Olympics. They would like to see a lot of change in. the teams, in terms of performance and representation. He acknowledged that there are a number of constraints due to the budget; the lack of infrastructure; the availability of coaches, etc. They are working with SASCOC to help provide short-term aid to athletes who have the potential to win medals to give them the opportunity and access to training.

On the issue of the funding and support for the sector, he said that they have had to engage with the provinces to see how they can support creatives and athletes in the provinces, as there are no clear indications of how much of the budget is allocated to each province. Provinces have to have their budgets for sports, arts, and culture to be able to support more people in the sector. The Department raised the issue to Treasury to get more funds so that they were able to provide funds to the provinces. They are bust addressing the issues to see how they will be able to form collaborations and they are trying to shift the focus from the national level to provincial levels.

On the issue of racism, he highlighted that there are various challenges and it requires continuous efforts. He said that the interventions that are being made may not achieve as much in the Western Cape and that racism is an issue that requires continuous work. He highlighted that they require continuous programmes in order to combat the issues of racism within the country and that the Department will appreciate support for the wider community and that they will need more social cohesion advocates to be able to implement more social cohesion programmes in the provinces. He said that it will be challenging but that social cohesion programs are important. They are working on collaborating with the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) to address the issues of racism.

Ms N Mafu commended the Department for how they have answered the questions and how they have dealt with the issues. She highlighted that the ~Imbizos and the social cohesion programs were created to breach the gap between the people and the government. She said that they would all like to see South Africa win more medals at the Paris Olympics in 2024. She mentioned again that they are working together with SASCOC on implementing interventions with the athletes to perfect the programmes.

Ms. N Mafu had a problem with her connection.

She said that they will provide feedback to the Committee on the performance of the athletes, for the Committee to be able to provide their feedback for the Department to be able perfect the programs. She thanked the Committee for the questions and recommendations.

Ms N Ndongeni (ANC, EC) said that the CFO never answered her questions on the current and capital.

Mr I Mokgwamme said that current is more about the maintenance budget of the libraries and capital is the construction and rehabilitation of libraries. The capital is the major expenditure and the current is a minor expenditure.

Ms N Ndongeni (ANC, EC) asked if there were any follow-up questions, but there were no further questions.

The meeting was adjourned

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