SABC to lose Bafana games?

2010-09-09 10:43

Johannesburg - SAFA CEO Leslie Sedibe has once again warned the SABC they risk losing their broadcast rights for Bafana Bafana games.

SAFA will hold talks with the national broadcaster next month - with Sedibe pushing for an improved deal on their current one, which expires in April.

"We know exactly what we want and we have already finalised our broadcast strategy," Sedibe told Business Day.

"Obviously we want to continue working with the SABC but not under these difficult conditions.

"We cannot continue like this because the current contract is ludicrous," he said.

In 2007, the Premier Soccer League dumped the SABC for SuperSport International in a broadcasting deal worth R1.6bn over five years.

And Sedibe says SAFA are looking for similar terms.

"If we are unable to reach a deal, then we will have to take our business elsewhere," Sedibe said.

"The new deal that we will propose to the SABC will not be very different from the one that the PSL has with SuperSport International."

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said he was disappointed with SAFA's position.

"They are already talking about alternatives before we have even started discussions," he said.

"Then you have a problem. The fact is we do not know what they are thinking and they certainly do not know what we are thinking around this whole issue.

"Let them come to the table and then we can reach common ground. We do not want to say anything that will pre-empt what the discussions are going to be and how they are going to play out before they take place," Kganyago said.

The current contract, which was signed in April 2005, does not generate any direct revenue for SAFA who are also expected to contribute to the costs of broadcasting a match.


  • G Funk - 2010-09-09 10:53

    Thsi will be great. Then the whole match will be broadcast in English! I I can't stand the whole dual commentary! At least have it in DSTV as well where i can listen to English commentary only.

  • Wiri - 2010-09-09 10:53

    Yes, thats the basics of operating a business.

  • Ayoba Time - 2010-09-09 11:21

    This is more like it.....SABC has a very poor picture name the few....

  • BORING - 2010-09-09 11:23


  • JOEL NAPO - 2010-09-09 11:25

    that the way to go Leslie...SABC has been forcing us to watch Bafana games late at night just because of boring generations.....take the broadcasting somewhere

  • santosh - 2010-09-09 11:26


  • Ryan - 2010-09-09 11:27

    If the SABC would broadcast the entire match with English commentary they would attract many more new viewers and could consequently increase advertising revenue. Unfortunately I was educated at a goverment school under the previous governmet and don't understand any indigenous South African languages apart from a few words and sayings. I love Bafana, and there many more like me, but become very frustated when I can't understand the commentary.

  • Bafana - 2010-09-09 11:37

    Fact........the average Bafana viewer does not own a TV licence!

  • Tatolo - 2010-09-09 11:37

    I think SAFA must just follow PSL route the contract with SABC is just a circus,as fans and supporters we need quality.

  • Warren Edams - 2010-09-09 11:38

    They should ban those losers from all tv

  • Roger - 2010-09-09 11:39

    SABC should have the rights.

  • Anonymous - 2010-09-09 11:42

    Generations is more important to the SABC than soccer. In that case, they just have to choose. Soccer fans cannot continue to suffer like they have. One day I rushed home to catch a Bafana game, got home and the game was not live (a national team). Later on they showed the game with a caption "delayed live". What the kcuf!

  • Tman - 2010-09-09 11:46

    Somebody's pants are getting wet as we speak, who is moving SABC's cheese, is it SABC incompetency or SAFA's greed, will the SABC run crying to big brother(ANC/GOVERNMENT). Ayeye

  • justme - 2010-09-09 11:46

    good riddance..... you can never understand the commentary anyhow.... atleast now we would have the choice of language we want to listen to.

  • Thabang - 2010-09-09 11:53

    SABC is broke I dont know why Kganyago pretends otherwise.I welcome Bafana matches on TV. And as usual politicians will want to interfere in the 'interest of the poor'

  • khoi - 2010-09-09 11:56

    let us be realistic, the majority of our population don't have the so called DSTV'S in their homes.

  • Alli - 2010-09-09 11:58

    Who cares?

  • Craig - 2010-09-09 11:58

    Those of you saying that they should all together stop showing should seriously get lost. Why waste your and others time with your pointless and one sided comments. I would like it too move too DSTV. That way there are more repeats, more language choices and overall better quality.

  • Mfana - 2010-09-09 12:00

    It cant be all about English when we have 11 Official Languages. Am pissed by the delayed live broadcast & late games due to soapies. Other than that i think soccer is great on HD!!!

  • Steve - 2010-09-09 12:08

    As a Chinese person, I'd prefer to hear it in Engrish and English.

  • TheOne - 2010-09-09 12:11

    General thought: Why should the voice of the ANC (aka SABC) control soccer or any sport for that matter? If superSports takes over the deal, the SABC will have so many new license applications - they will make the most money they have ever made in history, because pirates will need a license to get a decoder. It is easy to do affirmative shopping of TV sets, but not when it comes to the decoding of the satellite signal.

  • Joe Mtimande - 2010-09-09 12:16

    Not all People who love soccer have access to Dstv/ Dish. Let SAFA talk to SABC about this.

  • Steve - 2010-09-09 12:25

    Maybe SABC wants to upgrade their image by getting rid of cr@p

  • Fan - 2010-09-09 12:29

    I try to watch every Bafane game. But to have every 15 minutes a change in language makes me zapping. SABC should only broadcast in English. Are there still people out there who dont understand english? Make up your mind SABC. I have been hoping for Supersport to take over: one language and good commentary.

  • AcceptDamage - 2010-09-09 12:33

    Accept the colonial damage when our fore fathers allowed English to colonised 80% African states or start inventing things to compete against them. Forget about your narrow minded my local language for commentary. Watch it on DSTV and listen to your local radio station if you can stand the international language called English rather than to be forced to listen to another local language even if the game is being played in Thohoyandou or Venda or Nelspruit.

  • AcceptDamage - 2010-09-09 12:34

    Accept the colonial damage when our fore fathers allowed English to colonised 80% African states or start inventing things to compete against them. Forget about your narrow minded my local language for commentary. Watch it on DSTV and listen to your local radio station if you can stand the international language called English rather than to be forced to listen to another local language even if the game is being played in Thohoyandou or Venda or Nelspruit.

  • Ntsikelelo - 2010-09-09 12:36

    I think SABC & SAFA needs to sit down to discuss this issue also SAFA should not forget that many of South Africans don`t have DSTV so by putting those games to DSTV maybe only 30% or even less than that we be able to see those matches but also SABC must not use the fact that many South Africans don`t have DSTVs to put a little offer to SAFA all I`m saying is both executives needs to sit down and reach one common goal that is to broadcast the beautiful game in where everyone can watch the matches...

  • Myself - 2010-09-09 12:43

    SABC is pathetic, this thing of a sopie 'generations' made to be bigger than the Bafana Bafana games is sick. I pray that SABC loose the broadcasting right they don't deserve it.

  • Mbuyi ' Sekunjalo" Maphalala - 2010-09-09 12:45

    DSTV might as well have the broadcating rights for SAFA matches, what is the point of watching a delayed match whilst some service providers have got dedicated channels for sport. The SABC will tell you about a delayed live broadcast or we must wait for Generations to be aired then we can watch our beloved Bafana later, who cares about these useless soapies. Every time there's soccer on TV it must be delayed but come cricket internationals, there is a provision for that, SABC is runned like a spaza shop by power mongers 7 dictators who are in it just for the money. I dont care if the commentating is in English, Xhosa or any other language for that matter, as long as I can watch the soccer.

  • Jimmy Jump - 2010-09-09 12:48

    Its about time, sick and tired of that zulu channel

  • Dust - 2010-09-09 12:53

    Wow! if moved to Dstv maybe I'll watch SA National team. SABC caters for those who understand certain languages. with English we all could get a share. Let SABC broacast sopies and kidies. Real shows belong to Dstv.

  • Yusuf - 2010-09-09 12:56

    Sell the broadcast rights to DSTV who will show the game live and then re-sell it to the SABC for a lower price who can show it delayed like what currently happens with the Springboks games. Everybody wins

  • Sam - 2010-09-09 13:03

    Why do people have a problem with SABC broadcasting in vernecular languages.Is english the only official langauge.Yes there ais still a lot of us who don't understand english and there is still a lot of us who cannot afford DSTV.I can bet you that only 5% or less of black population in rural area have DSTV.

  • Frik - 2010-09-09 13:09

    SAFA bosses will probably pocket a high percentage of the money paid for the new broadcasting contract to themselves as "commission" again. That may be the main reason why the bosses want more money for the broadcasting rights. At least DSTV shows that it is serious about the beautiful game - look at the number of matches broadcast and the quality.

  • thabang mathanya - 2010-09-09 13:19

    This is great SABC must improve they're cameras

  • Chief - 2010-09-09 13:25

    Look at what happended yesterday they bought the rights to broadcast Chiefs game and guess Zone 14 played,,,stupid SABC,,its time we devlop as a country and buy DSTV.

  • Blaas jou vuvuzela! - 2010-09-09 13:34

    If the SABC can't sort out its act then by all means it should go to DSTV...but steps must be taken to ensure that people who don't have DSTV can watch the games live...Big Screens Ala the World Cup would be a solution...

  • Who Cares - 2010-09-09 13:37

    I hear people talking about DSTV! Has anybody thought of eTV taking over the broadcast rights like they did with the Champions League?

  • KP - 2010-09-09 13:38

    I am sure Sedibe you like to be seen to be working. We dont have a pay per view TV's. Are you saying with my 7,5% I must subscribe? Some of us cannot afford luxury because to SAFA its peanuts. Definately SAFA executives are going to be overflowing. Even worst, DSTV does not even become cheaper when more people subscribe.

  • Lebron - 2010-09-09 13:45

    SABC is junk, they should jus dump it now. they even have a nerve to go to a sudio to analyse a dead game,anyway the quality of their pictures are bad. we deserve better.

  • Disgusted - 2010-09-09 14:08

    There we go they are greedy again sies

  • mjukana - 2010-09-09 14:10

    its etv opportunity they must grab it before its late

  • loaf white - 2010-09-09 14:12

    Sabc is too bothered trying to get people to pay for TV licenses yet, you have to sit and hope that maybe they might televise a game or to, live???? The other Sat they advertise a late chiefs game on both TV and their TV guide, but guess what, they played a movie instead. Talk about false advertising, Jeez. I had Dstv installed just for the sake of sports, i dont really care about anything else they broadcast. Im willing to pay for quality broadcasting and commentary, Hayyi lemihlolo yeSABC. Delayed live may ssa!

  • mjukana - 2010-09-09 14:19

    its etv opportunity they must grab it before its late

  • zolani - 2010-09-09 15:02

    It will be catastrophic if SABC loses the Bafana games. Too many people rely on SABC because they cannot afford DSTV and they live in rural areas. The only good thing about SABC is that, they broadcast in venaculars. However, SABC board is very greedy. It's this greed that made them lose PSL Deal to DSTV in the first place. All they know is to give repeat after repeat of these junk films. Their content sucks, big time. That is the reason why most people don't event think of paying for TV licences. For example, they brought Martin back on Fridays at 19h00. This is a very old thing, its boring. I watched this in the early ninenties.

  • Jimmy - 2010-09-09 16:08

    SAFA is trying to get more money (i am praying that it is for football development) and attract bigger crowds to Bafana Bafana games thus ensuring that the WC stadia do not become white elephants. The sad thing is that, as always, the poor who love Bafana Bafana, will surely suffer.

  • Rockafella - 2010-09-09 16:32

    @Fan, are there people who still don't understand vernecular in this day in age here in SA? If u chose not to understand any vernecular language, that's your problem, then don't blame those who don't understand English as well.

  • jama - 2010-09-09 16:37

    it's about time SAFA dumped SABC for Etv. the game between Ghana and Bafana started at 8:30 just to accomodate their useless Generations. Both teams ended up taking out good players half-way through the game for them to catch their flights...hell with SABC...

  • S.T.L - 2010-09-09 17:16

    etv should be the answer to safa's problem - im aslo tired of boring soapies - boring repeats of movies!! soccer has proved itselved to be the unifiying instrument - just look what happened during 2010 fifa world cup,every tribe or race was there blowing and chanting to the sound of the award winning instrument" vuvuzela"you give the contract to sabc,you kill the spirit of soccer!! phantsi nge sabc phantsi!!! phambili with the unifiying spirit of soccer phambili!!!

  • SliqNick - 2010-09-09 17:51

    I would love it if the rights to the bafana matches be awarded to Supersport. We would receive a better pre, match and post match coverage. They have world class facilities and a panel of experts that know what they are talking about compared to the sabc. sabc's sports panel is a joke! For the people that are worried about the poor not having DSTV, take off your blinkers and stop being so narrow minded like the people at sabc. If DSTV gets the rights to Bafana matches ETV can get buy the rights from DSTV to broadcast it nationally. This is for the better of the game, look how the PSL has improved.