Botswana Congress Party Youth league has asked government to aid the revival of the creative industry.
BCP Youth league leader Tlhabologo Furniture told this publication that after a horror 18-month without the entertainment industry, government should take a cabinet resolution to financially support the sector.
“There is no secret that the music industry has suffered a great deal as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak and it is upon government now to engage musicians and see how they can best assist them,” said the youth leader.
“It should be the responsibility of government to join hands with our local musicians to ensure that those who had lost hope in the sector are given hope to cling on,” said Furniture.
He further said lack of funds in the creative sector could influence music promoters to hire more international artists ahead of locals.
He said the creative sector present a good opportunity to contribute to the country’s economy.
“We need the creative sector to return to normalcy but that can only happen when there is will on the part of government to engage relevant stakeholders particularly the private sector to rebuild it,” he said.
“There is no two ways about it, government through the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development should take a lead and have many people on board to take the creative sector to greater heights,” said Furniture.
He also indicated that even though government has allowed for different festivals to be held, there was need to put a plan together which will ensure that artists will be given a boost.
“It was only imperative of government to indicate how local musicians will be assisted to generate revenue again because as it stands it is difficult for them,” he said.
“Music promoters are obviously bound to book international artists because they too want to generate revenue but if there was some sort of subsidy for these promoters for every local artists they engage then that would have made a difference,” added Furniture.
He stated that the current state of affairs has not brought any hope to artists, adding that in fact it has made things worse.
“We also call on the BDP structures to advocate for the creative industry so that these people are assisted. We all know that our artists have been living a depressed life in the past 18 months and now they are hoping for government and they are absolutely right, that should come their way,” said Furniture.
Since last year in March, the creative sector has been dejected as movement restrictions and curfews were imposed under state of public emergency.