Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Nathi Mtetwa called for the creation of a global digital platform in Africa to store works by the creative sector on the continent.

“There is an urgent need to have a worldwide digital platform based in Africa, which contains all creative arts, copyrights and patents, as well as sports platforms for the control and sustainability of collective intellectual property of the intangible heritage of African Union (AU) member states. “- said the minister on Monday.

He addressed the beginning of Africa Month under “Strengthening Sustainability in Food and Food Security on the African Continent for a Better Africa and a Better World”.

The Minister said that South Africa understands that strengthening sustainability in food and food security on the continent to create a better Africa and a better world is inextricably linked to the land.

He stressed the importance of developing modern agriculture to increase activity and production through a radical transformation of agriculture in Africa so that the continent could feed itself and become a major player as a net exporter of food.

“Land remains a very controversial issue amid the deprivation of land ownership across the continent. As a country, we share the same understanding and commitment that building sustainability is food security and food security, which in themselves are important elements of individual resilience, but they can also enhance the resilience of economies as a whole by improving the health and productivity of individuals.

“However, we strongly acknowledge the lack of achievements that Africa has made before the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mttewa said.

He said the creative and artistic sectors are among those that have experienced the most adverse economic consequences of the pandemic.

“The Sector Assistance Fund was established to assist all athletes and creatives based on a set of criteria defined for each of the two sectors,” the minister said.

The government has provided an aid fund of Rs 173.5 million, which has benefited 12,170 individuals and 217 organizations in sport, arts and culture in direct response to the unprecedented crisis that has befallen South Africans in these sectors due to COVID- 19. –

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