JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance on Saturday welcomed the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) announcement that it will broadcast 2019 Rugby World Cup games in Japan on radio.
On Friday, the SABC announced that it had acquired the rights to broadcast four matches featuring the Springboks, as well as two semi-finals and the final match, DA shadow minister of communications and digital technologies Phumzile van Damme said.
While this was not ideal, and it would have been preferable for all South Africans to be able to watch on TV the South African rugby team play in Japan, the DA was pleased that the cash-strapped SABC had been able to strike a deal for radio.
The SABC had indicated that the purchase of the radio rights would be at a loss. "We implore the SABC board and management to work with sponsors and advertisers to make sure that no money is lost," she said.
It was unfortunate that Multichoice had not agreed to the plea, which many South Africans support, for it to share, at the very least, Springbok games with the public broadcaster. Delayed matches would have been a kind gesture.