The deadline for submission of applications for the 2nd Wave COVID-19 Relief Fund has been extended until Friday, 11 September 2020.
The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture has teamed up with Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) and the National Arts Council (NAC) to monitor the process and reach a wider audience by using their applications platforms as a facilitation process so prospective applicants can submit their requests for relief.
The goal behind this is to help soften the economic blow that many of South Africa's artists, athletes, technical personnel, fitness instructors and others in this field face due to the pandemic.
More specifically, this second wave of the relief fund is aimed at helping the following groups:
South Africans working in the sport, arts, culture and heritage sectors,
Those working in the sector but do not have a consistent salary source
Workers who rely only on their creative work as a source of income,
workers whose earnings have been interrupted or impacted by the pandemic, and
applicants who were not beneficiaries of the first relief.
The department also appealed to the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), the federations, and other sport and recreation bodies to encourage more athletes to apply for the relief fund.
The initial cut off dates for the submission of the applications were the 31st of August and 02nd of September 2020.
This has been extended until the 09th of September 2020 to help those who hadn’t completed and loaded their applications on the website yet.
“The department is once more making that call to all prospective relief applicants to take note of the window period and urgently submit their applications for processing and also call upon those who are still to finalise the status of their applications to take advantage of the extension and urgently submit,” the department said.
Candidates still battling with the mandatory tax requirement are urged to check their Tax Registration Status with SARS as soon as possible.
SARS has said that potential applicants who experience challenges can register as taxpayers as soon as possible and will be informed of their status or their tax numbers within 24 hours.
Note that applicants will need to provide proof of their tax registration to successfully submit their claims.
Get the required tax documents or register as a taxpayer by visiting the SARS website https://www.sars.gov.za/ClientSegments/Individuals/TCS/Pages/How-to-req….
All sectoral potential applicants who have already started the application process but left it incomplete can still finish the application process in one of two ways:
Visit the NAC website https://nac.praxisgms.co.za/default.aspx, or
Whatsapp the documents to 087 153 1027 under the control of BASA.
Applications for relief in the sports sector have also been extended until the 11th of September 2020
Note that only athletes, coaches, technical support personnel, fitness instructors or practitioners who did not benefit from the first wave are eligible to apply.
All prospective applicants will need to present the following mandatory documents along with their applications:
A certified copy of your South African ID not older than 3 months,
Bank stamped proof of valid bank account, minimum three months detailed bank statements showing income earned from sports competitions, events, activities and fitness instructor services rendered between March 2019 – February 2020 / signed and dated letter from your federation or organisation confirming your sporting activities.
Prospective applicants who are fitness instructors or practitioners must provide a signed and dated letter from their organisation proving that the applicant has been providing health and fitness work to date, along with a tax clearance certificate or valid tax number.
All sports applicants who are experiencing challenges in getting their tax compliance documents, must visit the SARS website and submit their tax clearance certificate requests.
“All available systems will be accepting applications and outstanding documents until Friday, 11 September 2020 at 11:59 pm thereafter, the system will then cease to accept applications,” the department said.
For more information visit the official Department of Sport, Arts and Culture website by clicking here.