AFCON, SABC sign R65m deal

2013-01-03 15:34

Johannesburg - The African Cup of Nations (AFCON) local organising committee (LOC) and the SABC on Thursday announced the conclusion of a R65m broadcast deal covering TV and radio for the tournament in South Africa this year.

The announcement, at the SABC's headquarters in Johannesburg - which confirms the organisation as the tournament's host broadcaster - was concluded after months of negotiations.

LOC CEO Mvuso Mbebe said the R65m fee was fair and reasonable under the circumstances and satisfied all parties concerned.

"This is a CAF [Confederation of African Football] tournament, it must be remembered," said Mbebe.

"All agreements were made in conjunction with Africa's controlling (soccer) body and this was the reason there were delays at times, as all the parties involved had to be consulted."

Mbebe said the quality of the service provided by the SABC for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) would be "world class". Most of the facilities and equipment built for the 2010 World Cup would be used.

"We have proven ourselves time and again as capable to provide a top-class service for an international event of this stature," SABC acting chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng said.

The SABC would provide live coverage of all the games during the 23-day event. It would start on Saturday, January 19, with a game between Bafana Bafana and Cape Verde at the 90 000-seater National Stadium in Johannesburg.

The final would be played at the same venue on February 10.


  • lybon1 - 2013-01-03 15:43

    You have money for AFCON, but no money for our cricket.....supersport liberate us quickly pls

  • mmoledis - 2013-01-03 15:55

    As of now CAF should take control of its games in terms of monies to be used,it must give the host country a certain percent of money as hosting this tournament is just a waist of government and tax monies while CAF like FIFA did will at the end just pocket lot of revenue and country and its people benefit nothing out of their games, this soccer bodies should cater for all clubs participating by giving them money for accomodation and travel expenses during the tournament while the host country too have to be given money for their property to be used and not tax monies of the country be used for fun for the advantage of CAF and FIFA.

  • thomas.dube.54 - 2013-01-03 15:55

    Is SABC paying AFCON or visa versa

  • byron.matthews.562 - 2013-01-03 16:13

    Sort out the qualitiy of coverage first before u talk of world class service

  • Ntutu Dlova - 2013-01-03 16:14

    SABC is an embarrassment , WTF are they talking about ,they cant broadcast games for cricket and rugby even when played at home. How do kids get exposure to the games if they cant watch their heroes play

      chilufya.mpundu - 2013-01-03 16:48

      Rugby and cricket rights are held by Supersport.

      lybon1 - 2013-01-03 16:55

      Supersport holds the rugby rights exclusively.....but the cricket and soccer rights are not exclusive ,sabc can buy them from safa n csa if they want

  • furlong.lubisi.7 - 2013-01-03 16:30

    R65m of poor quality and the so called delayed live

  • ramadike - 2013-01-03 16:36

    Do not complain buy dstv

  • Berto En Petra Mostert - 2013-01-03 17:03

    Tax payer will eventually AGAIN pay for this sub standard tournament!

  • morrisn2 - 2013-01-03 18:08

    SABC Sucks, period!

  • warren.carne.9 - 2013-01-03 18:10

    Ok,so now we know the truth why the SABC had no money to get the rights to see the Worlds Best Cricket team play at home,remind me again where Bafana are on the world rankings...enough said

  • Trevor - 2013-01-03 19:54

    After reading this I refuse to pay my t.v. License.

  • zukisani.mkunqwana - 2013-01-04 10:50

    65 frm sabc, then supersport and other broadcasters around africa, then orange and other sponsors i think we looking at over 150 caf will make, but the winner of the competition will get 1 million dollars lmao lmao

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