This “news” article shows how much trouble the SABC is in

The SABC has come under severe pressure from the ANC, opposition parties, and industry stakeholders over the past year.

The public broadcaster has been hit by multiple scandals, court orders, and claims of corruption and incompetence.

A few examples of the epic fails and controversial decisions at the SABC include:

To give you an idea of how the SABC is plagued by scandals, all the articles linked to above are from between the end of September and the beginning of November – just over a month.

“News” coverage by the SABC

While the scandals and poor decisions at the SABC have undoubtedly affected the quality of its content, an article on the broadcaster’s news website from today shows just how much trouble it is in.

The piece is about Communications Minister Faith Muthambi’s views on the Digital Migration Project. There is no way to sugar-coat this – it is pathetic and should offend any South African who values news reporting.

As the public broadcaster and main source of news for many South Africans, the SABC has to do better than this.

The headline of the article is “Minister says digital TV is important”.

Thanks for clarifying SABC – I was beginning to think a process which could free valuable spectrum and allow the mobile operators to provide faster and cheaper broadband was not important at all.

I was also glad to learn that the digital TV project “contributed in generating the economy of the country”.

“The network is installed all over the country to assist communication in digital revolution.” Another valuable piece of almost-coherent information.

And while the article was only six lines long, the SABC managed to squeeze in how the Acting Director General at the Department of Communications, Ndivhuho Norman Munzhelele, said “working with Muthambi is a humbling experience in building the migration”.

The full article is posted below.

Minister says digital TV is important

The Minister of Communications Faith Muthambi says the 28th of October was a historical day for South Africa Digital Terrestrial Television.

Muthambi says the digital project has been a success as they installed 95% of the signal in other places.

She says working together with other stakeholders played a big role to make sure that the migration is a success.

Muthambi stresses that the DTT project contributed in generating the economy of the country.

Meanwhile, Acting Director General Department of Communication Ndivhuho Norman Munzhelele says working with Muthambi is a humbling experience in building the migration.

Munzhelele says the network is installed all over the country to assist communication in digital revolution.

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This is an opinion piece.

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