Bafana TV deal worth R28m

2012-06-07 17:19

Johannesburg - The SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and SportFive formalised the three-year agreement on Bafana Bafana's competitive away matches on the continent on Thursday.

The France-based company holds media and marketing rights to all Confederation of African Football (CAF) related events.

The contract is worth a total of R28m over the period, the SABC said in a statement.

"This agreement shows that broadcasting matches of our national teams is not just our mandate as a public broadcaster, but our ethos," said SABC group CEO Lulama Mokhobo.

"We are proud to have reached this deal with SportFive as it will ensure that South Africans are able to follow Bafana Bafana's progress.

"In terms of the agreement, the SABC will have all the broadcasting rights of Bafana Bafana away matches for the territory of South Africa.

"This agreement includes three away official qualifying matches of the FIFA World Cup in 2014, and three away qualifying matches for the African Cup of Nations in 2015.

"The SABC has constantly strived to ensure that its loyal, sport-loving fans always get the opportunity to see their national teams in action."

The broadcaster and SportFive have clashed on numerous occasions about Bafana matches, with the SABC failing to show two 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers last year after talks broke down.

"We, as SportFive, are pleased to have concluded this deal with the SABC on behalf of our clients, CAF," said its managing director Idriss Akki.

"SABC have been partners for a very long time and we are pleased that this relationship has been extended for another three years till 2015, and hope to see it go even beyond that.

"These negotiations have been long and difficult, but as always we have arrived at a position that works for both SportFive and the SABC."

The agreement will cover Bafana Bafana's away match against Botswana in Gaborone on Saturday.


  • Henk - 2012-06-07 17:28

    I smell a new Merc or two....

      Mandy Casey - 2012-06-07 17:43

      Nothing like that new car smell hey

      Matthew Patrick - 2012-06-07 17:44

      I smell the same thing. How is that a non-African company has the broadcast rights to CAF games?

      zaakiro - 2012-06-07 18:07

      @Matthew it's pretty normal, ESPN has the rights to the IPL worth over a billion $

      Henk - 2012-06-07 18:15

      Damn Mandy. Come and date me!

      raymond.abrahamse - 2012-06-07 19:44

      And a top of the range BMW.Don't forget Chivas and Cartier watches.Nothing happens for nothing.

      raymond.abrahamse - 2012-06-07 20:01

      Mandy-the smell of a new car is nice but,many times the new car smells nicer than the person driving it !!!!!

      Jaycee Adams - 2012-06-07 20:32

      @ Henk i agree with u dat money should be donated kids attending school under a tree

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-06-07 17:46

    And not a rugby ball in sight.

  • zama.mhlongo.14 - 2012-06-07 17:57

    One of the many reasons why I'm sceptical about paying TV licence. Its just a waste of money, they will be showing these games with sound and picture quality (or lack there of) of 1978 whilst we are in 2012. I feel pitty for the amount of money being wasted on these ill performing boys. Perhaps the SABC should have just donated the money to the purchasing of these digital boxes for digital migration. And that French company are so confident that they will forever hold these broadcasting rights of CAF games, they should be careful.

  • Luvo - 2012-06-07 18:04

    So much money!! What for exactly?? To be subjected to more below par perfomances from an unispired bunch of no-hopers?? I sometimes feel that soccer players take the public's viewing time for granted!!

  • Calvin Fhatuwani - 2012-06-07 18:13

    yodala tshelede heyo u badelela muliwani

  • nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-06-07 18:32

    O ja, but no RUGBY or CRICKET!!!!!!!!!!

  • Menzeka - 2012-06-07 18:46

    good but pls SABC take your own carmera \r\ncrew pls

      raymond.abrahamse - 2012-06-07 20:04

      Take your own camera and chain it to your waist.

  • raymond.abrahamse - 2012-06-07 19:53

    I rather watch the National Geographic channel.I learn more about the animal kingdom.I will have to be paid to watch a team rated 60th in the World and going nowhere slowly and not getting anywhere fast.Boring stuff.

  • stanley.millar7 - 2012-06-07 22:02

    mxm cant believe we paying tv licences to watch this idiots while cricket and rugby are ignored. sabc dont know what the public wants.

      Arthur - 2012-06-08 09:34

      DSTV won the bid to air rugby and cricket for allot of money, way more then SABC can afford. Blame SARU, and CSA for snubbing people that cant afford DSTV.

  • stanton.clarke - 2012-06-07 22:29

    R28 million, serious! Thats a lot to pay to watch poor football.

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