Springboks opening World Cup game. Photo by Claire Jeffrey/backpagepix

SABC apologises for technical issues during Springboks match

2003 Rugby World Cup: The SABC had technical clitches on it website and streaming service during the Springboks vs Scotland game.


Springboks opening World Cup game. Photo by Claire Jeffrey/backpagepix

SABC Sport received backlash on social media during the Springboks’ first match at the Rugby World Cup in France on Sunday, 10 September, prompting the national broadcaster to issue an apology.

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The South African rugby team, which are the defending champions, had an impressive start to the tournament after beating Scotland 18-3. However, some South Africans could not reach the live updates on the SABC Sport website as it had crashed.

“We are aware of the issues users wishing to follow the Rugby World Cup action are experiencing on our website, and have technicians attending to this.We apologise for the inconvenience,” SABC Sport said on X, formerly known as Twitter.


The public broadcaster proceeded to direct viewers to its streaming service platform, SABC +, which also had technical clitches.

“SABC Plus just crashed just as we were singing the national anthem for the @Springboks. I wonder why no one cares about this failed corporation anymore. To SuperSport TV we go,” an X user said.


The coporation’s broadcast issues were brought to light this week after its challenges to meet MultiChoice’s reported R38-million demand for the rights to show the Rugby World Cup matches.

However, on Thursday, 7 September, the blackout was averted.

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In a statement, the corporation said: “The SABC can confirm that the Corporation has in principle concluded an agreement with MultiChoice to broadcast all the Springbok games. A total of 16 games will be broadcasted on the SABC channels.”

MultiChoice also said: “Should the Springboks not qualify for the knockout stages, the above matches will, in any event, be available for broadcast.”