'Conditional' bailout for the SABC is on the cards


- themediaonline.co.za | 3 months ago

Video by SABC Digital News Chairperson of the communications committee, Hope Papo, speaking during the department’s budget vote, said it had noted the “serious challenges” confronting the broadcaster.

“The portfolio committee agreed when we adopted the report that the minister will update it on progress in relation to the ongoing engagement between the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies, the SABC and National Treasury on the challenges facing the SABC,” Papo said. Ndabeni-Abrahams has come under fire recently, accused of a lack of urgency in dealing with the SABC, which recently admitted it had to choose to pay services or salaries last month as it didn’t have money for both.

Democratic Alliance spokesperson on communications, Phumzile van Damme, lambasted her for deliberately withholding information from the National Assembly contained in a letter from finance minister, Tito Mboweni, in which he had “declined to provide a guarantee to the SABC”.

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