R54m for SABC election coverage

2011-02-28 11:30

 The cash-strapped SABC will spend R54 million on the upcoming local government elections, according to the National Treasury’s 2011 estimates of national expenditure.

The public broadcaster promises to “provide balanced, fair and relevant news to ensure that the people of
South Africa are fully informed of the entire election process”.

The R54 million is up from the amount spent on the 2009 general election, which was between R32?million and R42?million.

Spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago promised that the SABC would go all out in its election coverage.

On the menu will be educational programmes and debates.

Former The New Age editor-in-chief Vuyo Mvoko will host 2011 election debates on Sundays on SABC1 at 6.30pm.

Meanwhile, fired Radio 2000 station manager Carlito Sheikh will hear in two weeks’ time if he had succeeded in his
Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration bid to have his dismissal last year declared unfair.

Broadcast, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers Union president Hannes du Buisson said Sheikh was seeking reinstatement.

Sheikh is a member of the union.

“He was fired for approving his own trip to Durban but there’s no rule which says he can’t do so,” Du Buisson said.

Sheikh was replaced by James Shikwambana as the station’s manager.

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