The Department of Communications will in this financial year allocate R173 million to the SABC and has promised good governance and stability at the public broadcaster.

New Minister of Communications, Ayanda Dlodlo, delivered her first budget vote speech in Palrliament today.

The department will be operating on very tight budget of R1.425 billion, with R100 million going to the department itself and the rest going to the entities which report to it.

“This funding will be used to accelerate our mission to create an enabling environment for the provision of inclusive and universally accessible communication services to all South Africans in a manner that promotes socio-economic development and investment through broadcasting, new media, print media and other new technologies, and brand the country locally and internationally,” Dlodlo said.

Cleaning up the SABC

Dlodlo also focused on aiming to clean up the SABC, which is currently going through a financial crisis among other things.

“The SABC is by far the largest and most influential broadcaster in South Africa in terms of reach, size, overall audience figures, and share of the advertising market…In some areas in South Africa, the SABC is the only source of news and information-and in many others, the only media to accommodate communities’ home languages. As such it plays an important role in people’s lives,” Dlodlo said.

“During 2017/18, we intend finalising our work around the Broadcasting Amendment Bill of 2015, in order to develop and implement a stable corporate governance model on the long-term stability and sustainability of the SABC. We are committed to a strong, independent and relevant public broadcaster, which is accountable and performs optimally,” she added.