Local musicians protest over eThekwini Municipality’s virtual concerts

Local musicians protest over eThekwini Municipality’s virtual concerts

The concerts, which cost a whopping R8-million, had to be stopped due to internal investigations - and the artists are not happy!

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A report by IOL has revealed that the eThekwini Municipality has spent at least R8-million on the PRCtv lockdown live streaming shows. 

The shows took place from April to June on digital platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube and featured performances from renowned musicians and speakers in different fields. 

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However, the shows have now been put on hold due to internal clashes. According to the report, not all stakeholders were consulted for the concerts.

As a result, opposition parties complained and now the issue has been referred to the municipal public accounts committee for investigation.

The R8-million was reportedly used to pay for the artists, live-streaming, marketing and publicity, catering, furniture, and décor.

According to the report, artists protested at the city hall demanding the concert resume.

The artists were reassured that the shows would resume.

“The PRC TV programmes were suspended until the leadership was furnished with all the details,”  Mluleki Mntungwa, the mayoral spokesperson, reportedly said. 

“Once we are done, we will communicate our next course of action. Let me reiterate, it has not been cancelled but suspended,” eThekwini mayor Mxolisi Kaunda reportedly said. 

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