Departmental activities assist citizens to fight Covid-19

13 May 2020

MBOMBELA#DCSRLockdownGrind, #LockdownMusicFestivals and #LockdownLaughs. All these are initiatives the department has started to help South Africans fight the spread of Covid-19 during the nation-wide lockdown.

"The department is using these initiatives to help people fight the spread of the virus. The initiatives are designed to help people fight cabin fever, keep fit and entertain them. They also provide economic relief to artists," explains the department's spokesperson Sibongile Nkosi, adding that the department has donated 90 books to the provincial quarantine sites to help patients unwind while they are in these facilities.

The #DCSRLockdownGrind, which keeps people fit, is on weekdays at 09:00 on the department's social media platform, as are the rest of the activities. #LockdownLaughs and #LockdownMusicFestivals provide entertainment to the public while also giving artists an opportunity to earn a living. #LockdownMusicFestivals features All-White Streaming Party on Saturdays from 12:00 - 18:00. It's a platform for local DJs to showcase their skills.

This weekend's lineup is made up of Motion Dee, Zoe, Oz, Percy, Anerah Yasole, Premium Beats, Trevor Dee, Kede Mkhabela and King Harris. On Sundays, #LockdownMusicFestivals has
Gospel Unplugged from 12:00- 14:30, featuring Goodman Mgiba, Madoda D, Milly LaNdaba and
Ian Calf.

It concludes with Garden Streaming Party from 15:00 - 18:00, featuring Sabza, Mbally,
Themba J Live Band, Dressy Hip Hop and Fine Art Apple J. The Garden Streaming Party is a platform for upcoming artists to find their feet in the industry. #LockdownLaughs provides comic relief for people during this difficult time.

"In the main, these initiatives help people to fight the spread of Covid-19 by adhering to the lockdown regulations, such as staying home. Not all people are able to jog or cycle between 06:00 and 09:00 under Level Four lockdown but they can still exercise in the comfort of their homes by following #DCSRLockdownGrind," concludes Nkosi.