SABC COO, Hlaudi Mostoeneng has indicated that the national broadcaster is not fazed by any negative back lash to its decision to play 90% local music across all its 18 radio stations.

Motsoeneng, along with a host of local musicians, actors, producers and record label owners were part of Morning Live’s The New Age Biz Brief on the state of local entertainment and the SABC’s decision, held this morning in Woodmead.

“Those who oppose this progressive decision of the SABC and stakeholders – they should just forget, they should accept that we are moving on [sic],” Motsoeneng said in reply to a question about the quota.”We are not Americans here, we are Africans.

“When I go abroad and listen to music abroad and the content, people are proud about their own countries and their own artists and content generally…There’s this issue in South Africa where we don’t build our own role models…we need to change that mindset,” he added.

Motsoeneng went on to say that as South Africans we need to work on improving ourselves and building confidence in our ability to produce quality local content.

SABC 3 the first TV channel to be revamped

On Sunday, Motsoeneng declared that the SABC will also be looking at transforming content on its three channels to have 80% local movies being played and 20% international.

The first channel which will see such transformation is SABC 3.

“It is not about the artists, we are going to revamp your SABC 3 first. If you look at SABC, all those movies are old, I grew up watching those movies, even today some of them,” Motsoeneng said.

“But if you look in that industry of content, even if people are producing new content, you wait for Multichoice for example to play those movies on their platform, for us we are given after two years. Then I said, ‘we have film makers here in South Africa, why can’t we create our own soapies, our own movies? Because we have people in South Africa.

“SABC itself, it has not being doing justice for local people in South Africa,” he said.