The SABC has spent millions of rands to acquire sports rights. Photo: File
DURBAN - South Africa's national broadcaster, the SABC has spent hundreds of millions of rands every year on buying sports rights. 

Nomvula Mkonyane, the Minister of Communications, has provided a look into the amount of money spent on sports rights as a part of a written reply to questions from Werner Horn of the Democratic Alliance according to My Broadband. 

In her response, the Minister disclosed how much the public broadcaster spends on sports rights and the processes of acquiring these rights. 

How much does the SABC spend

The table below shows how much the SABC spent on sports broadcaster rights in the recent financial year.

The numbers show the large amount of  money that was spent on sports broadcast rights, particularly when compared to the SABC's original budget that was set aside for each of these years. 

Year Amount spent Allocated budget
2014-2015 R365 million R253 million
2015-2016 R403 million R391 million
2016-2017 R441 million R252 million
2017-2018 R167 million R167 million
Accoridng to the Minister, people that were involved in the negotiations of the sports rights includes James Aguma, Ben Ngubane, Hlaudi Motsoeneng and Sully Motsweni. 

Mokonyane added that none of the negotiators were paid bonuses for getting the sports rights for the SABC. 

What was broadcasted

The DA member had also asked Mokonyane for information about the number of sports rights that were obtained and then broadcasted. 

The information shows a decline in sports obtained and used in the 2017-2018 financial year after a peak period between 2015 and 

The table below shows the number of sports broadcasts that were acquired and how many were broadcasted. 

Year Aquired Broadcast
2014-2015 77 76
2015-2016 94 84
2016-2017 85 80
2017-2018 51 50

According to the Minster, the sports event that were broadcasted on the public broadcaster depended on the events that were happening in each season. 

R5 million deal

The SABC has confirmed that well-known sports presenter Robert Marawa will be returning to their company. Marawa will be back at the SABC from the 1st of August 2018. 

IOL had reported that Marawa will have a three year deal with the broadcaster that is reportedly worth R5 million. 

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