SABC CEO tells inquiry of ‘dire situation’ after years of problems

Madoda Mxakwe tells the state-capture inquiry the SABC is technically insolvent, overburdened by staff salaries, and drowning in irregular expenditure

SABC’s acting chief operating officer calls it quits

Craig van Rooyen is leaving the cash-strapped public broadcaster in September

How foreign aid shapes journalism in Africa

About $600m a year is spent on media development in Africa by state and private funders

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Icasa to investigate free use by pay-TV operators of SABC channels

Desperate public broadcaster argues must-carry rules have deprived it of potential revenue

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SABC on the brink of a switch-off

Public broadcaster is waiting for response from the government to a request for R3.2bn guarantee to stay afloat

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Vrye Weekblad to publish its first new edition this Friday

After 25 years, the weekly Afrikaans publication is reborn online

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Copyright Amendment Bill advances despite outcry

Critics of the proposed law say it is devoid of logic in some of its proposals

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SABC fined R32m by Competition Tribunal

This follows a R22m fine Naspers’s DStv received, along with most other media groups, for colluding on advertising rates

Parliament halts shortlisting for SABC board

Most parties agree that exit interviews to ascertain the problems experienced should happen before board vacancies are filled

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Parliament hopes to finalise shortlist of SABC board members in March

Hlengiwe Mkhize, who chairs the portfolio committee on communications, says the recommendation of candidates should be done before parliament rises

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SABC blames ‘technical glitch’ for nonpayment of salaries

The beleaguered broadcaster has assured staff that their salaries will be paid on Tuesday

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SABC board left toothless as more directors resign

The resignations leave the board on the brink of collapse

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Stalemate at SABC as minister and board haggle over planned retrenchments

Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has made it clear that she is opposed to retrenchments

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Guptas’ Midrand property auctioned for R29.5m

Controversial family bought the Midrand property for R30m in 2007

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Cost-cutting ideas by SABC may include retrenchments

The loss-making broadcaster spends about R3bn a year to pay the salaries of just over 3,000 employees

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Bloomberg and the Ford Foundation gives five SA NGOs media grants

The funds, awarded over two years, ‘aim to elevate voices from local communities and further the development of citizen journalism and community reporting’

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