Tonight with Lester Podcast

Tonight with Lester Podcast

Get the best of both worlds with Lester Kiewit, a writer for the Mail & Guardian by day and presenter by night. Rather than looking back at the news of the day, explore new subjects and new perspectives.

Episodes in this series

#Im4theArts #ArtistsLivesMatter

19 February 2020 | 14 Minute Listen

Guest : Sibongile Mngoma | Founder of Facebook group at Im4theArts | Late last month opera singer Sibongile Mngoma tweeted: I have been silent for a very long time about the plight of the Arts and Artists in this country for a very long time. Now I'm choosing to do something about it. I'm an Artist. A very good and passionate Artist. What I have experienced in this country boggles the mind. Poverty is standard. Theft of IP is business as usual. Funding from the DSAC is reserved for those who have connections. When you open your mouth bazokuvala. Otherwise your reputation becomes fair game. This is the script for many artists in SA and now you're making a stand and start the support group #Im4theArts - you're speaking out just as director Mmbatho Montsho did earlier today when she tweeted an open letter at President Ramaphosa detailing some of the issues that bothers artists. The inequality that is still found in the entertainment world is one of the issues that Mmabatho talked about. Mmabatho tackled issues such as the differences in budgets between productions for black content and those of white content, such as MNet. She also talked about inequality, how women are still sexually harassed and exploited. In her letter, the actress said the opinions and problems of black storytellers are only important to the government when elections come rolling in. She made sure that the letter's content was backed by all her colleagues before sharing it on social media, tagging the president.

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