By Jeoffrey Mukubi
IN a recent Facebook rant, Mshasho affiliate and UGU Audio owner, Tulina Ndafyaalako, commonly known as Young T WokOngha, has expressed his hostility towards the University of Namibia (Unam) Cultural Festival organisers, over their non-payment for his performance.
In a short video post, he starts out by saying that he has a serious problem with Unam, following the festival, which took place between 16 and 19 August.
“Unam is going to call you for a quotation, and you send them a quotation. They approve it and send it back, but instead of adhering to the terms and conditions of the quotation, they will negotiate and promise to pay (on) the day of the performance,” Young T said in the video. “You go to Unam and give it your all on stage, now it is an issue to get your money. Are you trying to tell me Bizza and Busiswa are also giving you calls asking for their money?”
Young T continued with his rant by asking the event organisers why Namibian artists are never paid on time.
He ended his tirade by saying, “Imagine 15 days into the month, without getting your salary. How are you paying your accounts? How are you going to live and why do you people think that this is a game to us?”
Confidente called Young T earlier this week and he replied, by saying that he has to consult his management team, before talking to the media.
Further attempts to get further comment from him proved futile.
Confidente then posed questions to the Unam’s public relations office, which replied with the following statement, “The University of Namibia enjoys collaborative relations with artists, especially local artists, as the university hosts various and numerous events that make use of their services, across its 12 campuses countrywide.
“Payments for services rendered to the university, by local and or foreign artists, are settled within the shortest reasonable timeframe, subject to meeting necessary conditions (sic). Incorrect or incomplete invoices submitted, by service providers, tend to have a delaying effect on the payment process timeframe.”
Unam said further that in the case of Young T, “constant and open communications were held, pertaining to the cause and reason of the delay to his payment, which was eventually resolved”.
“All other artists’ payments were honoured by the university before, during or immediately after their service was rendered.”
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015