Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr. File picture: Etienne Creux/Indepedent Media
Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr. File picture: Etienne Creux/Indepedent Media

Sponsors pull out of concert in wake of Steve Hofmeyr controversy

By Mpiletso Motumi Time of article published Mar 29, 2019

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After a public backlash, Toyota SA Motors (TSAM) and the organisers of Afrikaans Is Groot (AIG) have amicably agreed to discontinue their sponsorship of the concert.

Media24 also announced that it had ended its relationship with the concert. This followed a similar announcement from MTN, while Coca Cola distanced itself from the show. 

This comes after the concert started losing support due to the involvement of controversial musician Steve Hofmeyr. Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi made calls for sponsors of the annual event to boycott it after a tweet Hofmeyr once tweeted in 2014 resurfaced.

TSAM said in a statement that they would be ending their association with AIG this month - which also marked the end of the 2018 AIG season.

Both parties have honoured their contractual agreements since 2015. The partnership was mutually beneficial to both parties.

The tweet, claiming black people were the architects of apartheid, had social media abuzz with people questioning Hofmeyr to explain what he meant. Pick * Pay and Land Rover pulled out of the event in 2015.

TSAM said the organisation was fully committed to the development of arts and culture and would continue to sponsor other creative and musical events that promote diversity and social cohesion in the country.

Event organisers said they would be relying on the public to help fund the event through the campaign #JouAIG in support of all the artists performing, including Hofmeyr.

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