Arts and Culture reveals Makhadzi received R230 000

The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) has noted the public reaction that followed the recent instruction by the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Mr Gayton McKenzie, for the Department to publish the names of creatives and athletes who have received money from the Department.

Subsequently, DSAC has received enquiries from the media about the lack of financial support provided to Makhadzi by National Government on her recent trip to the BET Awards in the United States. Makhadzi made the country proud by receiving a BET Award for Best New International Act.

DSAC strongly rejects the assertion that it has not supported Makhadzi. Over the past 14 months, Makhadzi has been booked by DSAC to perform in several national engagements, receiving as much as 230 000 rand.

The mandate of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture is to create local and global platforms, and collaborations which empower the country’s creative sector. The Department commits to continue supporting creatives, through various opportunities, to take their talents to communities locally and internationally.



DSAC therefore rejects the notion of creatives, who have received support from the Department, inferring that they have not received support to pursue their talents.
The Department of Arts and Culture has revealed that Makhadzi, the popular South African musician, received R230,000 over the last 14 months. This funding likely supports her artistic endeavors and contributions to the cultural landscape.


Makhadzi, known for her energetic performances and hit songs, has made significant strides in the music industry, and such financial support underscores her impact and value. The funding may have been allocated for various purposes, including production costs, performances, and other projects that enhance her career and promote South African music.


The disclosure of this amount reflects the Department of Arts and Culture’s commitment to supporting artists and fostering the growth of the country’s cultural heritage. It also highlights the importance of transparency in how public funds are utilized to support and develop the arts sector.