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Media Monitoring Africa Comments on the 2010/11 Budget

Just whose budget is this? A brief review of how some of our mass media reported the 2010 Budget Speech.

As expected, today’s media are filled with budget analyses, special reports, programmes and inserts and they have done well in seeking to simplify and make interesting an issue that is about a budget. While extensive, however, coverage tends to be biased in favour of big business.

More than R1bn Bailout for SABC

The Department of Communications has announced that the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) will receive a bailout of more than R1 billion.

Communications Minister, Siphiwe Nyanda, points out that, “We hope that the financial injection by government will help the SABC meet its urgent needs, such as payment of outstanding debts and other matters of priority."

SANGONeT Development Calendar 2010

SANGONeT is currently compiling its 2010 Development Calendar, which will once again be produced in the form of a year planner.

The Calendar, to be released in December 2009, will cover a comprehensive list of international, African and South African dates (e.g. World AIDS Day, 1 December) of significance to people and organisations involved in development and civil society issues.

New Bill to Scrap TV Licences

The Department of Communications has submitted the Public Service Broadcasting Bill, which seeks to abolish television licences and introduce other changes to public broadcasting in South Africa.

The bill, should it be approved, will establish a Public Service Broadcasting Fund and also establish an international broadcasting services division within the South African Broadcasting Corporation's (SABC) and transfer Channel Africa to this new operating unit.

NEMISA students scoop 4 awards at the CIT:Y Festival Awards

Press Release

22 October 2009

The National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa (NEMISA) has done it again.   In 2007 NEMISA scooped 4 awards and in 2008 two awards. In front of a capacity crowd at awards ceremony held at Museum Africa – Newtown on 21 October 2009, NEMISA students were recognised among their peers. They walked away with 4 awards in 2 categories.

SABC Suspends Four Executives

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) interim board has suspended four members of the broadcaster’s executive management, pending the outcome of internal disciplinary processes.

The four are the chief financial officer, Robin Nicholson, the group executive: content enterprises, Mvuzo Mbebe, the head of audience services, Anton Heunis, and the head of group procurement, Mabela Satekge.

The interim board chairperson, Irene Charnley, says that the board is committed to ensuring that the correct disciplinary process was followed.

Maake on Hunger Strike Against SABC

Actor-director Sello Maake ka Ncube is going hungry for 30 days to protest the way government and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) have been spending the public’s money.

Maake, who joined a growing group of media professionals whose stated aim is to use the hunger strike to shame the SABC into getting its act together, believes South Africans are starving for local content.

Maake says he had to take a stand because the public broadcaster is abusing the African culture.

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