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Another own goal for SABC

2010-10-10 17:07

Johannesburg - The South African Football Association have been given a new reason to look into their television deal with the SABC.

The public broadcaster, who possess the sole rights to Bafana Bafana games, announced on Sunday it would not be screening the African Nations Cup qualifier between South Africa and Sierra Leone, scheduled for that evening.

It had emerged on Friday that the SABC had not yet made plans to ensure the game in Freetown would be televised.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyako was invited onto radio station Metro FM, where he revealed the organisation "would know in 10 minutes" if they would be showing the encounter or not.

The consensus was the broadcaster would go out of its way to ensure South Africans were able to watch Bafana in action - in what is an extremely important game for the national team.

Carol Manana, one of the hosts of SABC Sport revealed on Twitter: "Bafana game not being shown, announcement is that (the) plane with equipment has been grounded in Cote d'Ivoire (because) of weather."

At the same time, the broadcaster posted a message revealing the match will not be on air during their coverage of the Macufe Cup between Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs.

The announcement has caused rage amongst Bafana fans, who were eager to watch the 'Battle of Freetown'.

The current deal between SAFA and the SABC, which was penned in April 2005, expires next year and the association is keen on taking their business elsewhere.

They've asked the broadcaster to dig deeper into their pockets, or possibly risk losing the rights to pay channel SuperSport. 

Football411

Comments
  • Nick - 2010-10-10 17:43

    Just checked and Abidjan's Felix Houphouet Boigny Airport has been open yesterday and today, with flights leaving as usual. Lungi International Airport in Freetown likewise, so I find the weather excuse a bit hard to take! Unless there was something nasty en route. And anyway, what the hell are they doing flying in equipment 24 hours before a game they have known about for six months?

  • no surprise - 2010-10-10 17:51

    What a sorry bunch of turkeys. They are so useless they don't even have to worry about Xmas. And why will nobody be surprised?

  • thato - 2010-10-10 17:54

    one word for SABC. "useless"

  • cold - 2010-10-10 18:24

    SABC ABUNCH OF RETARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • listen up - 2010-10-10 18:35

    Name me one government dept. in this country that functions even remotely close to efficiently. Oh i forgot about SARS. That needs to function well in order that the ANC Hyenas dont go hungry !!

  • andile - 2010-10-10 18:47

    And the SABC calls itself a 'public' broadcaster. U have got to be kidding me

  • Sypho - 2010-10-10 18:49

    This is so foolish i hate SABC i wish safa and psl can take all the soccer games to super sport at least we havea guarante that we will watch all the games.

  • Louis - 2010-10-10 18:50

    Waiting all day for the game as per SABC info only to find that game was pulled...AND THEY WANT ME TO PAY FOR A TV LICENSE,...IDIOTS IDIOTS IDIOTS,FIRE THE WHOLE DAMN LOT FIRE THE WHOLE DAMN LOT I SAY.

  • The Voice of Reason - 2010-10-10 18:53

    Damn it SABC! Does someone know of a website where I can stream the watch, or at least get score updates?

  • BAFANA - 2010-10-10 18:55

    I think the SABC planned this all along. This is a cover up for a bigger problem: all the money has been depleted to the point of being embarrasing. Corruption and mismanagement is the real problem here. Coming up with excuses not to show games means some one will get that money to buy the latest BMW.

  • Muneeb - 2010-10-10 18:55

    an absolutely USELESS bunch the SABC ..a.k.a South African BUNGLING Organisation

  • Ryan - 2010-10-10 18:58

    absolute rubbish ! i completely agree with Nick, why are they only flying there a day before the game !?!? and such an important one ! move to supersport .... or even etv

  • BAFANA - 2010-10-10 19:00

    @Nick. Thanks you have saved me the trouble, I was about to check myself as I beleive the SABC is lying. On Friday when the spokesperson was invited to the radio, he ducked answering if they would broadcast. Then his phonel went dead. This is really low. Scum is the correct word.

  • Masta - 2010-10-10 19:03

    SUPER SPORT!!!!! PLEASE. And not even have the decency to put a message on SABC 1 to inform the fans. But please pay your TV license, people.

  • bhunu - 2010-10-10 19:14

    Bulldust! F*** SABC, WE ARE NOW STUCK WATCHING A FOREIGN COUNTRY ON SUPERSPORT!!!!!

  • THABO - 2010-10-10 19:15

    SABC must shape up or ship out of safa

  • joe - 2010-10-10 19:26

    what does julius sayin? The same morons want 2 run the mines!

  • Gerrit - 2010-10-10 19:53

    I'm very, very angry!!

  • David - 2010-10-10 19:56

    Watching SABC on a daily basis is an absolute disaster - this just adds to the joke that is public broadcasting in South Africa

  • John - 2010-10-10 20:04

    Just another reason why I am not going to pay for a useless licence next year.

  • Man with Brains - 2010-10-10 20:10

    Come on people, remember to vote ANC again and again in next elections. Stop crying people, you, yes you allways vote the ANC into power. What has SABC got to do with ANC? Let me draw you a picture, SABC is the ANC mouthpeace and ANC broadcaster, and all their cadres are employed by the ANC ! Get it ! All ANC departments are a failure, and that includes SABC. Vote with your logic or brains next time, other wise stop CRYING and WHINGING !

  • Iceman - 2010-10-10 20:45

    The fixtures have been out for ages, so the arrangements should have been made ages ago. The SABC are really taking the pish, and i have to say that Supersport will have to take over the rights soon. Its not the 1st time that they have sc**&**d up, and it wont be the last time. Wimbeldon, Formula 1, rugby, epl highlights, golf and other sports have just disappeared due to the inefficiency of the SABC. The coverage of local football, are so much better on Supersport. The quality coverage, analysts and overall production is far far superior than the SABC. You have to wonder, why people are still paying for a tv licence, when you have things like this happening. Its ridiculous, and its time that a few heads roll after this latest episode. No wonder Robert Marawa left the SABC for Supersport, he realised what idiots he was dealing with, and knew that he made a smart move. And to think how much money the SABC spent on broadcasting the world cup, but when they have to go to places like Freetown, they makes stupid excuses. Its an excuse to not go, because its not as luxurious as certain places in South Africa

  • hello - 2010-10-10 20:49

    I think the government must increase taxes so that the public broadcaster can provide good services. it is not fair that the few million people pay for dstv and get to watch world class entertainment, sport , news and documentaries. i think south africa needs an NHI for telelvision too.

  • listen up - 2010-10-10 21:20

    Havent bought a TV license for 15 years - why should I - i dont watch any their K@K !

  • @Man with Brains - 2010-10-10 21:22

    I vote that Man With Brains be fed to the Freedom Front Plus for supper, then his no brains to the Agri Forum. What does Freedom Front have to do with SABC? Let me draw a picture for you: NOTHING. But what does cheap political jabs at the ANC when they are not even mentioned in the Article mean? It means NO BRAINS.

  • Bozakai1 - 2010-10-10 21:22

    The SABC started defending itself when the potential tv blackout was mooted earlier last week.I knew then that some bull was on the way.The amazing thing was that all football websites that i checked had no updates or play by play.It was an info black hole for a while,no one took advantage to sneak in there and be a hero to all of us beholden to the state broadcaster.Pity.It would be too bad for the masses should SAFA go with S/Sport,but as a subscriber i would not mind because their coverage is superior to the SABC's,as they actually have time for detailed previews,match analysis and reviews.They don't have to rush to make time for that great show on SABC 1,Selimathunzi,thus leaving us wondering as to what happened to the post match interviews.A bunch of useless dummies,the SABC.

  • Koos - 2010-10-10 21:27

    We always want internationalpeople like FIFA to be behind us before we offer good service Why cant't South Africans get good service from our own institutions. I am afraid things are getting worse and if we continue the same way no way should complain.

  • bon - 2010-10-10 21:55

    suprised that sabc failed to show us a national soccer game after world cup success. no excuse can be accepted, we want super sport.

  • Saai - 2010-10-10 21:58

    To SABC management, you have failed the nation.

  • bobby - 2010-10-10 22:03

    bloody load of idiots. Typical I don't know why we are suprised !. Fire the lot and the next lot will be the same

  • Rick Cooper - 2010-10-10 22:53

    I have never voted ANC and I never will. I just wish the majority of South Africans would learn one very basic basic lesson: there aint no such thing as a free lunch. Then they, too, might realise what a bottomless pit this government, its policies, and its parastatals are.

  • SA Bi@#*hes - 2010-10-10 23:08

    I feel sorry for those who r paying for TV nonsense ...SABC will never touch my money..

  • Jakes - 2010-10-11 05:50

    The SABC is a disgrace to our beautiful country and its people. They broadcast rubbish, are not capable of managing properly, no new investment in television series, (you know we used to make our own very good productions) no sport, no nothing. Don't you have some honour and pride in you? Or is it all about the money and possesions for yourself and your cronies? Jump on the gravy train, because by yourselves you wont be able to make money......it is too hard work.

  • Woodpecker - 2010-10-11 06:16

    The so called "natonal broadcaster" is taking the nation for a ride. They even have a nerve to come out with unfounded excuses that even a todler would just say to you, 'you are a d**n liar".....

  • Murdoch - 2010-10-11 06:53

    A sad and pathetic state of affairs in a public broadcaster that is going from bad to worse!!! It seems as if plans are also in the pipeline to not screen any cricket test matches involving the Proteas!! The SABC is going to loose out to the big players like DSTV and the ordinary sport loving public is going to be left out in the cold!!

  • Brett - 2010-10-11 07:12

    At best the SABC messed up, at worst someone there is lying about the weather and whatever led to the bungle – will heads roll? They should; it’s the right thing to do.

  • E-tv - 2010-10-11 07:23

    Give the rights to E-tv.

  • Angry Fan - 2010-10-11 07:53

    Visa!! Visa!! Visa!! this SABC thing is boring, instead of planning how they going to get toFreetown, they thinking of thousands excuses not to televise the game. morrrrrons!! SAFA u know what step to take to make sure that this kind of S**^~t doesn't happen again.(SSP)

  • Vanessa - 2010-10-11 08:38

    Wow SABC do not stop to suprise me very irresponsible still want to throw this at SAFA 's face. If they were taking their job serious they were suppose to go and standby around Sierra while the so called negotiations were taking place. WHAT IS SO IMPORTANT WITH SATMA AWARDS this is gross.

  • Alli - 2010-10-11 08:44

    I never had an SABC license (It is NOT a TV license as all the money goes to the SABC) and I never will. No matter what anyone says, it is not the right thing to do.

  • last number - 2010-10-11 09:04

    i dont see any reason why we keep on paying our tv licences for poor service like that...

  • Elekanyani - 2010-10-11 09:10

    SABC is runned by a bunch of idiots. How come they plan to go to Freetown on the eve of the game?. SAFA must take the broadcasting rights to Supersport and SABC will just play the second fiddle just like PSL did. No wonder why Cricket and Rugby rights are with Supersport. SAFA must follow ASAP.

  • SELAELO tjale - 2010-10-11 09:42

    SABC dsspontd me bt thy force pupils 2 pay lcnce,bt thy dnt diliver,why dnt tel us 2 pay cause u dnt gve us wat we wnt,bt thnx frm nw on i m no lnger payern,u alws fghtn cze of th mney

  • mara y - 2010-10-11 09:47

    plz SABC, the majority of south africans do not have dstv's. so plz dont risk losing the bafana broadcasting rights. ordinary SA's will b cut out.

  • Karel - 2010-10-11 10:01

    I agree - the SABC is a joke. I also will not pay for a license - I thought earlier this year that maybe I should - after all - its the right thing to do. That was until I saw the idiotic (mostly) programming that is on offer. I then calculated a bit: New programming has declined around 65 - 75 percent - but the fees stay the same. Point in fact: Sewende Laan - which is passable, for a local soap, I suppose. What I do not understand is this: Normal viewing time: 2.5 hours (or s) per week. Then the same episode, rebroadcast the next day, another 2.5 hours, and Monday's episode is then rebroadcast on SABC3, on Wednesday, another 2.5 hours, and then they are "doing us a favour" to rebroadcast the whole thing on Sunday - another 2.5 hours, only to have two episodes, an older one, and the previous one, another hour, before one gets to see new material. In all -> 11 hours of a week, just Sewende Laan. "Onder draai die duiwel rond" - saw it a while ago Amalia - same thing So the rest of the stuff. Movies: Yay! Let' broadcast kiddies movies, at 20:00 or so on a Saturday night, followed by a mediocre one, followed by a really old one, and then two weeks later, we just rebroadcast the same movies (on more than one occasion, IN THE SAME ORDER) - especially when ETV comes into play. It goes like this: ETV -> SABC3 -> SABC2 (I no longer even watch SABC1 - even though I speak 7 languages fluently, I have no interested sounding like a local). Those of you that think that ETV is any better, you are mistaken. For a whole month we were stuck with the "Ninja" festival. Except it wasn't. It was a bunch of fourth rate kiddies movies - their sequence is as follows: (Saturday night) News, Nonsense, Nonsense, Kiddies Movie, Mediocre Other Movie, Kiddies Movie (PORN ADVERTS - one evening - 38 of these in a row, nothing else) Old Black-and-White Movie, Not Funny Animals, religious broadcasting (once interrupted for porn adverts) mediocre, mediocre...... ad nauseam. Then the same movies get passed onto SABC3, and the cycle re-starts, and once they have finished regurgitating this, they pass it onto SABC2. For the love of whatever, why don't you just start back in 1976 and rebroadcast everything? Haas Das was much better than Cool Cats, and at least the really bad movies that are now forced down our throats were not made yet. Yay - Het van Verlangenkraal (at one time, rebroadcast 3 (three) times in one year, in total, one debut season, 18 rebroadcasts). Why don't you screen that, morons? How is this good service from a national broadcaster? I suggest someone at SABC (and ETV as well) has a look at broadcasters in Europe - I get 38 German channels over the internet - why should I watch this nonsense. And then the SABC board has the audacity to think that I will gladly pay any amount for this? Get a life, and fix your corporation, after all, its the right thing to do... (I heard that somewhere....)

  • Karel - 2010-10-11 10:02

    I agree - the SABC is a joke. I also will not pay for a license - I thought earlier this year that maybe I should - after all - its the right thing to do. That was until I saw the idiotic (mostly) programming that is on offer. I then calculated a bit: New programming has declined around 65 - 75 percent - but the fees stay the same. Point in fact: Sewende Laan - which is passable, for a local soap, I suppose. What I do not understand is this: Normal viewing time: 2.5 hours (or s) per week. Then the same episode, rebroadcast the next day, another 2.5 hours, and Monday's episode is then rebroadcast on SABC3, on Wednesday, another 2.5 hours, and then they are "doing us a favour" to rebroadcast the whole thing on Sunday - another 2.5 hours, only to have two episodes, an older one, and the previous one, another hour, before one gets to see new material. In all -> 11 hours of a week, just Sewende Laan. "Onder draai die duiwel rond" - saw it a while ago Amalia - same thing So the rest of the stuff. Movies: Yay! Let' broadcast kiddies movies, at 20:00 or so on a Saturday night, followed by a mediocre one, followed by a really old one, and then two weeks later, we just rebroadcast the same movies (on more than one occasion, IN THE SAME ORDER) - especially when ETV comes into play. It goes like this: ETV -> SABC3 -> SABC2 (I no longer even watch SABC1 - even though I speak 7 languages fluently, I have no interested sounding like a local). Those of you that think that ETV is any better, you are mistaken. For a whole month we were stuck with the "Ninja" festival. Except it wasn't. It was a bunch of fourth rate kiddies movies - their sequence is as follows: (Saturday night) News, Nonsense, Nonsense, Kiddies Movie, Mediocre Other Movie, Kiddies Movie (PORN ADVERTS - one evening - 38 of these in a row, nothing else) Old Black-and-White Movie, Not Funny Animals, religious broadcasting (once interrupted for porn adverts) mediocre, mediocre...... ad nauseam. Then the same movies get passed onto SABC3, and the cycle re-starts, and once they have finished regurgitating this, they pass it onto SABC2. For the love of whatever, why don't you just start back in 1976 and rebroadcast everything? Haas Das was much better than Cool Cats, and at least the really bad movies that are now forced down our throats were not made yet. Yay - Het van Verlangenkraal (at one time, rebroadcast 3 (three) times in one year, in total, one debut season, 18 rebroadcasts). Why don't you screen that, morons? How is this good service from a national broadcaster? I suggest someone at SABC (and ETV as well) has a look at broadcasters in Europe - I get 38 German channels over the internet - why should I watch this nonsense. And then the SABC board has the audacity to think that I will gladly pay any amount for this? Get a life, and fix your corporation, after all, its the right thing to do... (I heard that somewhere....)

  • Tsipa - 2010-10-11 10:03

    Anyone who wastes his/her money paying TV licence is an idiot. I will never pay money so that ANC and their bunch of SABC lap-dogs can have a field day buying BMWs and Mercs at my expense. They can go to hell for all i care. Please...please, can Supersport take over the rights of all sporting activities in SA. SABC is useless.

  • Tsipa - 2010-10-11 10:04

    Anyone who wastes his/her money paying TV licence is an idiot. I will never pay money so that ANC and their bunch of SABC lap-dogs can have a field day buying BMWs and Mercs at my expense. They can go to hell for all i care. Please...please, can Supersport take over the rights of all sporting activities in SA. SABC is useless.

  • MissT - 2010-10-11 10:29

    I totally agree that SABC messed up in a BIG way at the WRONG time. poor planning and no sense of urgency. But giving the sole broadcasting rights to a pay channel will disadvantage the majority of soccer lovers in SA. SABC needs to take responsibility for their actions (or lack thereof), and i do hope SAFA ensures it happens. But taking the soccer away from millions of South Africans who cant afford pay tv will not make things any better.

  • Robin - 2010-10-11 10:40

    Has anyone noticed how all of a sudden how much SA hockey is shown on Super Sport - it is great.SA Hockey & Super Sport 10 - SABC 0. Good luck to our ladies in the semi finals of the Commonwealth Games today.