Another bailout for the SABC?
It's in need of a reported R3.2bn in financial assistance and on Wednesday Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams said a bailout of the SABC at the expense of the taxpayer was in the interest of South Africans.
William Bird, director of Media Monitoring Africa, agrees.
They speak to the majority of people in our country and they're the only ones who offer vernacular language programming to the majority of people.William Bird, Director - Media Monitoring Africa
Bird says there's global evidence to support the idea that a viable public broadcaster creates trust and credibility across all media.
Any country that has an effective, fully functioning public broadcaster, the media sector generally tends to be a lot healthier.William Bird, Director - Media Monitoring Africa
Ndabeni-Abrahams said she would sooner quit than hand the SABC a blank cheque without an established turnaround plan.
The Communications Department is working with National Treasury to see whether the public broadcaster could be granted more funding, it's unclear how much it is asking for.
Listen to the full interview below:
Is it time to legalise heroin and cocaine to win the war on drugs?
Think-tank SADPI believes the criminalisation of drugs and drug users causes greater harm than drugs themselves.Read More
Police officers march against gender-based violence
Minister Bheki Cele led the march and urged society to get more involved in reporting crimes in their communities.Read More
'Cape Town's ban of fireworks sites shouldn't diminish essence of Diwali'
There have been growing calls to ban the use of fireworks in Cape Town on special occasions such as Diwali, Guy Fawkes and NYE.Read More
What does the future hold for farmworkers in South Africa?
The National Conference on The Future of Farm Workers in South Africa takes place from 16–18 October 2019, at UWC.Read More
Cape Town City councillors drop vote of no confidence against DA's JP Smith
The councillors, Courtney Van Wyk and Steven Vuba, were reportedly persuaded to abandon the motion on Monday.Read More
Is this the latest must-have fashion item in SA, a bulletproof bodywarmer?
Defence company Action Bulletproof has released its latest line of products...bulletproof bodywarmers.Read More
How Llandudno residents are bringing down crime in their small coastal suburb
Llandudno has almost no crime in the area and that's all because of an extra levy that residents pay for some extra peace of mind.Read More
SACE receives 200 complaints about teachers in W Cape over past year
Council spokesperson Thembinkosi Ndhlovu explains the three major complaints against teachers for 2018/2019.Read More
'I think SA institutions are strong enough to root out corruption'
International relations expert Professor John Stremlau says SA and the US have a strong working relationship.Read More
#NotHopeless: Changing attitudes towards the homeless
LeadSA: Zulfah Boyce relates her journey with U-Turn, which supports the homeless with rehabilitation and skills training.Read More