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The Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP) FAQs

16/11/2020

The Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP)

FAQs

The Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP) aims to stimulate employment creation and job retention across sectors in the South African economy, including the audio-visual sector

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What is the NFVF Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP) for?

A comprehensive plan to stimulate new employment and job retention in the South African audio-visual industry, following the devastating impact of the nationwide lockdown on the economy.

What is the closing date for the call?

Monday, 30 November 2020, 17h00. Submitting your application prior to the closing date is encouraged to avoid any technical problems.

Organisations involved?

Several entities that fall under the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture have been mandated with the implementation of the PESP. Under Objective 2 of employment creation and job retention, the NFVF and the National Arts Council (NAC) are the two entities that will be administering the PESP in their respective sectors.

What are the 4 streams:

Stream 1 is Production, Stream 2 is Skills Development, Stream 3 is Industry (distribution), and Stream 4 is Business Recovery

Which sector does this specific call address?

The audiovisual sector as determined by the NFVF mandate.

Who is eligible to benefit?

Practitioners individuals and companies within the sector with projects that can generate employment opportunities as businesses within the sector that incurred job losses (or are at risk of) due to the nationwide lockdown.

Concepts may encompass fiction and non-fiction, animation, as well as television concepts; and any other audio-visual concepts with the potential to contribute to the objectives of this Fund. Submissions from (or that target) Youth, Women, people with disabilities and previously disadvantaged groups/individuals are encouraged.

How much is being availed for the PESP?

R140 million to be administered by the NFVF and completely disbursed by 31 March 2021 R100 million earmarked for streams 1-3 and R40 million for stream 4.

How much is each applicant limited to apply for under the different streams?

Allocation decisions will be determined by the adjudication panels bearing in mind that 100% funding of proposals may not be possible as the PESP serves as a stimulus to re-ignite economic activity (and employment) in the sector. The NFVF Funding Policy Caps do not apply to this process.

What else is supported under the different streams?

Projects that support innovation in digitisation efforts for content creation (development and production) and the dissemination and development of e-commerce systems.

How many employment opportunities will be created and retained?

The PESP aims to stimulate the creation of 5000 jobs and retain 3000 jobs.

What is the suggested length per project?

The PESP funding is proposed for a period of 3 months until 31 March 2021.

How many people can a project employ?

Proposals with an ability to employ at least ten (10) or more people will be prioritised.

Will the PESP be treated according to NFVF Funding Policy Tiers?

Whilst the Funding Policy will only serve as a guide, the PESP will not be following established tiers, it will be open to all members of the audio-visual industry.

How to apply?

Applicants need to register and complete the online application form using the following link: https://nfvf.praxisgms.co.za/

What is in the Production Open Call?

Production proposals including fiction and non-fiction including documentaries, animation, television concepts and any other audio-visual concepts.

What is in the Skills Development Call?

Training and development initiatives and proposals with a demonstrated job creation ability.

What is in the Industry Call?

Distribution strategy proposals with the potential to create jobs.

What is in the Business Recovery Stream?

Proposals with job retention or recovery potential from businesses or individuals who were negatively affected by COVID-19. Companies/businesses in this category will need to disclose/demonstrate the full scope of lost employment (actual and potential) i.e. affected job categories; the number of persons; age, race demographics etc. Proposals in this stream may include historical payroll data for the twelve (12) months to 31 March 2020 as well as year-to-date payroll data (1 April to 30 September 2020); should the latter exist; and an income statement providing information on operating expenses.

Who will be adjudicating the applications?

An independent adjudication panel will evaluate the applications. The adjudication process will be done in accordance with the published criteria.

What if I have problems with the online system? Are drop offs allowed?

No drop-off will be allowed. For queries contact Thandekileh@nfvf.co.za or Mantis@nfvf.co.za

Is there an email/number I can call for someone to assist me with my application?

Applications@nfvf.co.za 0r 011 483 0880. We advise applicants to contact us before the closing date to avoid any last-minute disappointments

When and how will the successful applicants be notified?

Successful applicants will be notified by 15 January 2021.

How soon after being approved will payments be made?

Payments can be expected by the end of January 2021 provided all documents to facilitate payments are accurate and verified. In the event that delays are anticipated, communication will be shared on the NFVF's website and with applicants directly.

What is the appeal process should an application be declined?

Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by 15 January 2021 with an opportunity to submit appeals by 20 January 2021.

How many days will the appeal process take?

The process will not exceed 15 days. Appeals are expected to be concluded by 31 January 2021.

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