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The SABC is basically broke and a number of independent TV producers have not been paid

Hlaudi’s legacy lives on. And it’s the worst kind of legacy.


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Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s legacy lives on at the SABC and it’s not exactly a legacy to be proud of. The City Press reported over the weekend that the SABC is all but broke.

According to the paper, it obtained a memo which claims that after March salaries were paid, the broadcaster was out of cash to pay the bills.

It quotes the memo sa saying:

“We have only R104m available to pay creditors on March 31,” it reads, and “requests for payment from the divisions are more than what is available”.

The public broadcaster has been forced to draw on its reserves to pay “critical vendors” like municipalities, universities and Telkom.

But the independent producers are baring the brunt of this cash shortage.

These independent contractors usually get paid on the last day of the month but the paper reports – and a few other sources have confirmed this news – that a number of these contractors were not paid this month.

According to the memo City Press saw, just R32m was available for the TV division, which had a producers’ bill estimated at R150m.

A “source” said that before Motsoeneng’s unilateral decision that 80% of SABC content must be local, the bill was about R100m.

Another source also said that the SABC actually owes about R150m to the ad industry.

Yes, that’s right. They owe money to the people they get money from.

According to the City Press, the source said: “because of Hlaudi’s meddling and schedules being changed to make way for local content, ads weren’t scheduled or flighted where they should be”.

“So advertisers now want a refund before they pay again. This has a big affect on revenue and also on the sales team.”

There are also reports that radio has “made almost no money” since the introduction of the quota that 90% of music must be local.