Manyi: Govt to buy TV time for ministers

2011-06-14 08:58

Johannesburg - Government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said he was now planning to buy airtime on television for national ministers, The Times reported on Tuesday.

Manyi was speaking at the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa's annual conference in Durban when he said government was being "forced" to find ways to get its message across because it was getting a raw deal from the media.

"The government is looking at a five-weeks television programme where ministers would inform members of the public about their programmes because the media is failing to convey government messages as expected," he said.

"We are at the moment trying to procure a space. As the government, we take communications seriously and we will stop at nothing to see to it that our messages get across."

Last week, Manyi said he would take control of the government's R1bn advertising budget and spend it according to how well media organisations told the "truth" about service delivery.

  • Cupra - 2011-06-14 09:09

    Eish!!! G F Y

      saabnut - 2011-06-14 09:23

      Shouldn't they first electrify the homes of the masses, so they can actually view the broadcasts?

      Worldwise - 2011-06-14 09:39

      Dr Goebbels would be proud.

      johncarlos.biza - 2011-06-14 09:40

      They should rather do great things. The media will naturally report it!

      World Traveler - 2011-06-14 09:43

      The best publicity for the government would be to DELIVER! Nothing more, nothing less. Telling people that you will deliver and then not will compound the people's anger. Revolution against the anc will follow.

      York Hunt - 2011-06-14 09:56

      @Worldwise. Excellent comment! Apt!

      Matt - 2011-06-14 09:57

      But isn't SABC already giving them plenty of coverage? I mean, watch SABC News and watch "how GOOD the ANC is", that is when they're not showing ANC rallies and stuff on TV...

      Matt - 2011-06-14 10:04

      May I just ask this... if you have a TV set and aerial, why is it that you can receive SABC channels without a problem, but for ETV you need a booster? Is it my imagination or is this deliberate, because ETV doesn't report too kindly on the ANC, but any rural with a TV can receive SABC, which is ANC propaganda? Yet you can live in a metropolis and not receive ETV without costly gadgets like boosters?

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-14 10:09

      just a is cheap, but what if there was more action by the ministers..What a publicity awareness campaign that would be !!! Also the cost factor = zero....

      cliffarc - 2011-06-14 10:14

      - Oh great - so now they gonna use our taxes to spew more hollow promises.This has got to be a world first for a democratic nation - using public funds for propaganda purposes of the ruling party. Ludicrous ! Why would they need to advertise their good intentions , when they could simply get down , deliver and perform. If they should go ahead with this pathetic plan, I reckon they ought to be reported to the Avertising Authorities for false advertising claims.

      Foxx - 2011-06-14 10:25

      And we are getting a raw deal from the government. revenge is a bitch

      jowza - 2011-06-14 10:26

      juju will have his own programme on home channel.woodwork for dummies

      Trotse-Wit-Afrikaanse-Boer - 2011-06-14 10:28

      Hoekom hoor hulle nie wat die volk wil sien nie? Ek is seker die volk win nie die hele dag na hulle gesaanik luister nie.

      SexyTshepo - 2011-06-14 10:33

      why pay??? sabc belongs to us we can use it for free anytime we want to.....

      Notuagain - 2011-06-14 10:37

      This should be good. I'd like to have a look at our ministers programs and see what they do all day. Probably a mixture between the local soap opera's and Laugh out loud.

      frederick777 - 2011-06-14 10:53

      Using taxpayers money to promote themselves. Shouldn't we decide what to do with our money? Communism at it's best. They also do this in North Korea! O' yes, Hitler did the same!!!

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-14 10:59

      These are The Days of our Lives...

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-14 11:03

      Desperate House flies...

      Richie - 2011-06-14 11:34

      Aghh shame man... the poor ANC government are being picked on. What BS, the media all over the world are there to put pressure on governments. Do you think David Cameron, Obama, Merkel, etc asses get kissed by their media. No-way, their work is constantly scrutinized and failures highlighted ... if the media had to go around kissing government ass how would that end. The media is already being bullied by government and they already have the SABC who they are using as propaganda machine. I mean the head of the SABC came up with this beauty “the ANC have got much more current wards and therefore deserves much more coverage on TV during elections” ... he was talking about the complaint laid by opposition parties regarding the extensive coverage of the ANCYL rallies. Who were not even campaigning as a party and choose when they want to be called ANC or not. This statement was and is ridiculous in all sense of the word... for many reasons. Our Media is under siege and if ALL South Africans don’t realize that this is a major problem... we are lost and will most definitely be a BANNA-republic in no time at all. Manyi is a crook anyway... the Swedish company that accused him of eliciting bribes went to government and Zuma in good faith only to have it all swept under the carpet... how sick was that. If the Media gets bullied all these crooks will get away with this and guys like Manyi would just love that wont hê?

      camp.j - 2011-06-14 13:26

      @NOTSOSexyTshepo For once i agree with your statement, but for all the wrong reasons. I would hate the thought of having MY tax money used by that thieving bunch to broadcast their propaganda garbage.

      Werner - 2011-06-14 17:31

      Who the hell is going to tune in to a programme on a corrupt official's drivel and eh eh eh? It's currently called 'the news' Manyi, but it conveys those messages you'd rather the public not hear. Moron.

      USSA - 2011-06-14 18:02

      Cry baby ANC! Poor corruptors...having a pity moment? The media is battling to FIND something good about you a$$holes!!!!!!

      Refilwemu - 2011-06-21 12:56

      I think that black people should boycott buying print media products and any racist media in this country. we need to eradicate RACISM in all it's forms.

  • RGL - 2011-06-14 09:11

    Is that a R1bn propoganda bribe ? Hopefully, none of our respected media houses will take it. Rather spend the money on ... oh, let's see ... SERVICE DELIVERY !!

      daaivark - 2011-06-14 09:31

      Kolobe, don't be such a twit. Managements surely define policy, or a lack thereof.

      Ivym - 2011-06-14 09:32

      Eish Kolobe, he wena, when last did you look at the SABC board (directors and not plank).

      Jamesons - 2011-06-14 09:51

      So kolobe, you are agreeing that the current government is using the same tactics as apartheid. At least I agree with you there.

      Protest - 2011-06-14 09:54

      How scientific to claim "it was getting a raw deal from the media". Thus far the ANC government released no verifiable data to offer any evidence about the so called "RAW DEAL". All the press reports are emotionally laden and I see it as a underhand campaign to discredit the media. The ANC resembles a bunch of kindergarten kids running to the teacher with some imaginary complaint because their playmate "The Media" does not want to play their silly game

      GetReal - 2011-06-14 09:54

      hey kolobe, how do u define an apartheid propaganda machine... hmmm .. let me take a wild guess ... maybe media houses that report on ANC corruption and mismanagment. Wow, lucky guess... let me go buy a lotto ticket!!

      Matt - 2011-06-14 09:58

      You guys do realise that Kolobe is a perennial troll... don't feed his fire :-)

      Kevin King - 2011-06-14 10:01

      @ kolobe: Do you apologise for saying "whites are animals" and "they must rot"? Otherwise I can't believe anything you say.

      Larro - 2011-06-14 10:12

      C'mon guys - we can paraphrase the 6th Sense whenever they come on TV - it will be A HOOT! " Cole Sear: I see dumb people. Malcolm Crowe: In your dreams? [Cole shakes his head no] Malcolm Crowe: While you're awake? [Cole nods] Malcolm Crowe: dumb people like, in graves? In coffins? Cole Sear: Walking around like regular people. They don't see each other. They only see what they want to see. They don't know they're dumb. Malcolm Crowe: How often do you see them? Cole Sear: All the time. They're everywhere. "

      Worldwise - 2011-06-14 10:18

      Obviously Essop Pahad's brainchild of an ANC newspaper bankrolled by the Gupta's isn't making the money they thought it would and we knew it wouldn't. Wonder how much of this will be siphoned off to make sure the newspaper stays afloat.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-06-14 10:20

      How about a Brain, kolobe.

      Worldwise - 2011-06-14 10:23

      @ Kolobe. "how do you call apartheid propaganda machines "respected media houses "?they still use the same employees" My, my, you mean you haven't noticed that most of the reporters can't spell or use English grammar correctly? The old reporters are definitely gone. Also, if they're still using the old reporters from the 70's and 80's, this geriatric lot should be retired by now. Fail, try again you troll.

      Newsferret - 2011-06-14 10:51

      @ Kolobe - hey, get real man and go see what the media editors really look like today. I suggest you start with the Sunday Times and finish with Die Burger. You will be in for a surprise as the media lives today for tomorrow while you cry today for yesterday.

      The Ted Vos - 2011-06-14 10:55

      Come on Kolobe, just admit that you LOVE apartheid. It's something that you most likely never experienced a single minute of personally yet you can blame it for your racism, incompetence and savage, criminal nature on for the rest of time. What would you do without it?

      cliffarc - 2011-06-14 11:32

      - Here's kolobe's thing - Due to the complete absence of anything good or positive to argue in the favour of his Anc party, he is forced to harp on about the ghost of apartheid. His every argument is based on looking back in anger, with the old regime as his only point of reference. Not once , has he ever argued the accomplishments or successes of the Anc based on verifiable facts and figures. This is typical of an Anc supporters mindset - setting their goals on the lowest benchmarks. on facts, figures or

  • Stirer - 2011-06-14 09:11

    I have no doubt that the government, being mindful of the media's responsibility of getting both sides of the story, will also offer the right of reply to the shadow ministers provided by the opposition. After all, we wouldn't want TV to become the propaganda mouthpiece of the ruling elite as it was in apartheid times, would we?

      World Traveler - 2011-06-14 09:57

      They are desperate! The anc panic has started. Best way to stop it is to vote DA and get them to commit political suicide. Captain Morgan for President!

      SaintBruce - 2011-06-14 10:19

      Is this going to be a Comedy Club event or can anyone join ?

      Pencilgraffiti - 2011-06-14 10:27

      Good Idea Stirer! - That is the best reply.. Problem is they own the SABC who will play these propaganda speeches as is.. Imagine watching the budget speech everyday... only by less informed people. As if SABC TV wasn't dead in the water already... shame & and they prob don't even have a choice.

      ALCAB - 2011-06-14 14:52


      Blougroen - 2011-06-14 15:14

      And I beleive they are drafting a law that will compell all citizens to whatch the "purchased" time slots or otherwise face being strapped to a chair without a remote . . . . .

  • Welleducated - 2011-06-14 09:12

    The media are not promoting the ANC propaganda enough, so 2 "old" laws are being introduced and a lot of advertising would help push propaganda across. How did the old National Party use the SABC for its propaganda and now the ANC are struggling?. Oh, yes, the 2 laws from apartheid are coming back: the secrecy law and the media punishment law.

      GetReal - 2011-06-14 09:58

      Agreed! Sounds similar to how uncle Bob eventually started using some of Ian Smith's old laws to prop up his regime! Anyone else see a trend developing here or is it just me? :)

  • Jamesons - 2011-06-14 09:12

    Please stand up and tell me where my TAX money is going? Oh, I foregot, it's going on Zuma's R70 million Rand house.

  • Lioness - 2011-06-14 09:12

    Hahahahaaa.GR8! Now we can see them doing stupid things live on TV..... they won't be able to blame anyone but themselves. This should be entertaining

      kalabafazi - 2011-06-14 09:21

      Good point Lioness. I hadn't thought of it that way.

      Enigma - 2011-06-14 09:32

      I agree with you however they have ways of hiding the truth. eg Go on to ad breaks when discussions get heated or say that the show is not live to avoid being grilled for answers. So we must keep a close eye on them like a hawk.

      World Traveler - 2011-06-14 09:45

      The best publicity for the government would be to DELIVER! Nothing more, nothing less. Telling people that you will deliver and then not will compound the people's anger. Revolution against the anc will follow.

      REVO - 2011-06-14 09:55

      Sadly it wont be broadcast live! The ANC simply cannot buy TV time and have 95% of it wasted on...eish?....ummmm?...Uuuh?...hmmmm?....oooh.

      Gazza69 - 2011-06-14 09:58

      Haha rather replay the interview where the fat politician fell off his chair on live TV!!!!! That was priceless.......

  • Rolie - 2011-06-14 09:13


      DSJM - 2011-06-14 09:32

      And just when the SABC is in desperate need of more revenue! Perfect timing hey

      onetickie - 2011-06-14 13:23

      And who the F&*k do they think will watch this garbage other than themselves, to see themselves on tv. What a joke and another wasteful way of spending tax-payers money. Maybe they're all hoping to become TV stars when someone has the balls to kick them out.

  • tut - 2011-06-14 09:14

    At taxpayers expense I suppose? The ANC has more airtime than an albatross! Maybe your daily documentary on dirty laundry viewing but airtime nonetheless! R1BN for watching fictitious Avatar characters in yellow T shirts building houses, roads, schools, etc.etc. Maybe Mr. Manyi should speak to PIXAR!

  • FAH-Q - 2011-06-14 09:15

    All that will be spewed will be propaganda. What about live debating so that you can "prove" how useless and racist the other parties are. Go on... I dare you to debate with the DA.

      joy.termorshuizen - 2011-06-14 09:42

      They are resorting to this now because they know that the paw paw is hitting the fan so they must tell their usual lies to calm the " voting cattle" down.

      Larro - 2011-06-14 10:14

      @FAH-Q - surely the DA and other parties will be allowed the same amount of airtime to povide a counter opinion? Democracy and all that?

      onetickie - 2011-06-14 13:23

      And who the F&*k do they think will watch this garbage other than themselves, to see themselves on tv. What a joke and another wasteful way of spending tax-payers money. Maybe they're all hoping to become TV stars when someone has the balls to kick them out.

      Greybeard - 2011-06-14 15:38

      The reality of that is the DA will have to buy their own airtime. I simply cannot see the ANC paying for the airtime unless they have exclusivity. It would be great though to watch the likes of Juju flayed alive by "the tea girl" She would hand them their undersized testicles on a platter! OK guys, start saving! P.S. Are donations to political parties tax deductable?

  • fred703 - 2011-06-14 09:16

    so verbage propaganda will replace SERVICE DELIVERY! And our taxes must pay for them to air their excuses rather than SERVICE DELIVERY doing the talking. Luckily for this Government the masses are too stupid and too ignorant to be able to think - no different to the past regime I may add.

  • willieman - 2011-06-14 09:16

    Pay back time for people who supported Zuma,are just incompetent Manyi,disappointing John Qwelane,Cwele,judge Hlope our representetive at the UN voting for no-fly zone eishh!!!! it seems the list is endless.This administration is highly incompetent

  • Dal68 - 2011-06-14 09:17

    Now my tax money is to be used to listen to their lies and thievery on TV and Radio!!!!! This country and it's incompentent rulers is a frikken joke - I see bananas and lot's of them!

  • Gazza69 - 2011-06-14 09:19

    No thanks...!! There is enough crap on TV already....Rather spend the money on proper infrastructure....Who want's to watch some overweight politician mumbling some contrived drivel in our living rooms?? Maybe a reality show featuring these politicians on "Biggest Loser"

      onetickie - 2011-06-14 13:23

      And who the F&*k do they think will watch this garbage other than themselves, to see themselves on tv. What a joke and another wasteful way of spending tax-payers money. Maybe they're all hoping to become TV stars when someone has the balls to kick them out.

  • Mike or Mpho - 2011-06-14 09:20

    Oi racist Manyi, cry me a river!

  • Enigma - 2011-06-14 09:20

    My question is, will the public be involved in whatever discussions will be held on this program or whatever it'll be called? The way I see it is that the govt is trying to hide something with this new tactic. They want us to believe all the crap they've been promising but not delivering and also hide the corruption that's been going on. I say 3rd Degree go get them before they fool us again.

      Jamesons - 2011-06-14 09:36

      Exactly, a debate as I am sure the average public have a lot of unanswered questions. This show would be good if the public are involved with the questions, and other parties are involved.

  • simodi - 2011-06-14 09:20

    gud idea Jimmy u have my 120% vote

      Jamesons - 2011-06-14 09:38

      Me too, I want the goverment to explain all the corruption and missing money. I wish I could through some questions at them. Bring these dumb ass guys on TV for a real debate.

      World Traveler - 2011-06-14 09:53

      They will spend 120% of you tax, they are desperate! The anc panic has started. Best way to stop it is to vote DA and get them to commit political suicide.

      Gazza69 - 2011-06-14 09:56 probably watch the parlimentry channel...(YAWN!)Get a life dude....

      Ockert - 2011-06-21 14:54

      you are not very good at maths ?, but that runs in the Party ??

  • antigovernmund - 2011-06-14 09:21

    The governmund would know the difference between the truth and a lie if it hit them in the face!!!!

      World Traveler - 2011-06-14 09:51

      They will expose themselves to a lot of law suits if they sprout bullsh.

  • Mishka - 2011-06-14 09:22

    Does this racist piece of rubbish really think that if we aren't listening now, we're actually going to sit, enthralled, as they bumble across our screens, going on and on and on, and get us to believe them? Not this girl Jimmyboytjie, definitely not!

      joy.termorshuizen - 2011-06-14 09:44

      They will make total fools of themselves as usual ....might be amusing for some and the sheep will hang on every word!

      World Traveler - 2011-06-14 09:50

      Niet! Not this little boy either!

      Ruffstuff - 2011-06-14 10:16

      Well well Mishaka I totally agree with you - on TV there are too many repeats now - How many repeats will Mr Manyi Jimmyboytijie will want to air. I am so happy that I have remote control that has mute, change or switch off buttons. I do so for all repeats and AD's anyway

      onetickie - 2011-06-14 13:24

      And who the F&*k do they think will watch this garbage other than themselves, to see themselves on tv. What a joke and another wasteful way of spending tax-payers money. Maybe they're all hoping to become TV stars when someone has the balls to kick them out.

  • fred703 - 2011-06-14 09:23

    Jimmy could I introduce you to a Mr Mulder of the Nats - there was a gentleman there who was also entrusted to media funds but they were allegedly secret! Can anybody remember a little money scam of the Nats? Who was the fall guy?

      Worldwise - 2011-06-14 09:49

      At least Eschel Rhoodie and thereafter the Prime Minister John Vorster had the integrity to resign when they tried Jimmys "new" idea out in the 1970's and got caught out by the public. Bet there won't be any resignations from the gravy train ANC bunch.

      sefeddt - 2011-06-14 10:32

      They took the fall for that.The present ANC will abuse state funds with zero consequence.

  • UmFaan - 2011-06-14 09:23

    Thought the SABC is already providing free coverage,.. and that clearly didn't work.. It will not work to pay the SABC, the problem is not the coverage, it is he message! First address the issues, then you can convey the achievements Manyi

  • kalabafazi - 2011-06-14 09:23

    Do we really care about what the goverment messages are? The ones I have heard so far aren't worth paying A Billion rand for. Rather buy the ministers air time so that the messages can be passed on amongst themselves.

  • Sizwe Mogale - 2011-06-14 09:24

    Oh well lets see if it makes a difference. Honestly if they use that "airtime" to tell us of progress they are making it will be a worthwhile investment. Currently we only hear about whats been done when its election time. Maybe if we got regular reports of what has been done some of the skepticism that persists could die down

  • Beannie - 2011-06-14 09:24

    The government gets the truth from the media and they can't stand that. Well we don't have to watch the idiots on TV. Thank the Lord for DSTV. Just more taxpayers cash going down the drain.

  • tut - 2011-06-14 09:25

    why dont you spend the R1 Billion on actual service delivery and not lip service to false claims you bunch of ANC morons!

  • GT - 2011-06-14 09:25

    I fully expect public works to fess up to their corruption on live tv, same with the cops + the DTI with the charlie foxtrot at cipro. Manyi - stop your mates stealing us blind and maybe you will get all the positive spin for free. Even the New Age is struggling to come up with good news stories to report.

  • antigovernmund - 2011-06-14 09:25

    At least we will have a reasonable advert break now to go get a beer while some minister blabbers on about their success, this might actually be quite entertaining - watching 2 minute cycles of silence - AS THERE AREN'T TOO MANY SUCCESSES. i BET THE R1bn will definitely find its way to Manyi's cousin brother or sister! - like a UB40 concert - PROMISES AND LIES!!!!

  • daaivark - 2011-06-14 09:32

    I would be interested to know if this would also be available to non-ANC ministers?

  • Poefadder - 2011-06-14 09:38

    What a childish argument!

  • Justin - 2011-06-14 09:39

    Jimmy u dumb F*** E-TV have been trying to get Zuma on a show ever since he was elected, HE REFUSES, and all of this would be for FREE. Most of the Ministers are incapable of holding and intellectual discussion so what now? Parade them like puppets with pre written speeches. I must say though it could be good for a laugh like Malema's interview and how he was "disfigured" by the Heineken Ha Ha eish.............

  • joy.termorshuizen - 2011-06-14 09:39

    Thank heavens for DSTV!

  • kalabafazi - 2011-06-14 09:39

    Why don't they rather spend the money buying ait time from the cellular companies. That way they can send SMSs to their members only. We all heard their messages on the run up to the elections and they all turned out to be the usual empty promises.

  • Ogre - 2011-06-14 09:41

    Just when I thought that nothing would be better than watching our members of parliament falling asleep on TV while supposedly running the country. I actually think it is a great idea. Let these ministers inform the public about these programmes. Just more ammonition for when they do not perform, and when they are taken to task they cannot defend themselves by saying that they had been misquoted or taken out of context. Now Mr Manyi, wouldn't you rather spend that money on 18518 houses, or perhaps 8 Hospitals, or 32 Clinics, or 5000 qualified teachers or nurses, or perhaps social grants for 260 000 people for one year, full university tuition for 14 300 students for a year. No you would rather ministers realise their life ambition of appearing on TV.

  • rinuseckard - 2011-06-14 09:42

    Airtime? What for? As far as I know there is an entire DSTV channel dedicated to parlement. I do not know of anyone sitting for hours watching that channel.

  • FartaWorks - 2011-06-14 09:42

    A slot somewhere between 50/50 and a National Geographic Special would indeed be very fitting for these jungle apes…

  • World Traveler - 2011-06-14 09:43

    The best publicity for the government would be to DELIVER! Nothing more, nothing less. Telling people that you will deliver and then not will compound the people's anger. Revolution against the anc will follow.

  • Playnice - 2011-06-14 09:45

    Our comedians will have to sharpen up, because these broadcasts are going to be a hoot

  • Jenny - 2011-06-14 09:45

    What a joke, we must now be bored out of our minds to watch ministers try to walk the talk. They should rather be building houses and trying sort sort out the disease in the squatter camps and educating, educating, the just maybe some of us would take them seriously. 702 can be a pain in the butt but they can walk the talk.

  • Booswig Visagie - 2011-06-14 09:45

    Just another step in the process... 1. Kill the free media via the Info Bill 2. Set up a platform to send out control the message you want to convey - ie propaganda and misinformation It's happening.

  • Dnt8 - 2011-06-14 09:47

    It would be like watching "Funniest poephols in the SA"

      angie - 2011-06-14 13:35

      "Banana Republic" What do you expect?

  • World Traveler - 2011-06-14 09:48

    Why not have live debates anc (Zuma) versus DA (Zille) LIVE on SABC? But then the anc will loose every time. Rather pay for propaganda, dust off Herr Goebles (spelling?)

  • Tantrum - 2011-06-14 09:48

    More of my tax money down the drain - SWINE !!

  • Gore - 2011-06-14 09:48

    They should make it "live" and let people interact with the ministers. What a good laugh we will have as they are not the brightest except for struggle hero qualifications. I can't wait!!!

  • Pigmalion - 2011-06-14 09:49


  • EmptyCan - 2011-06-14 09:50

    They can buy time on "True Crime with Aphrodite Jones", or "The World's funnniest animals", or, "The world's dumbest criminals".

  • jbhsquare - 2011-06-14 09:51

    Ag shame! And who is going to pay for the TV time? Us, the taxpayers? Most of the Ministers are hopelessly out of their depth in the ministries they hold and are incapable of communicating sensibly with the media. This will at least show them up for what they are.

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  • Andre - 2011-06-14 09:54

    Stop trying to cover up your lies and corruption and just do the right thing. Then you will not get a "Raw Deal" from the media. They are exposing you for what you really are.

  • Bilbo - 2011-06-14 09:56

    Please can someone explain to me how the Government is able to p_ss the tax payer's money down the drain in such a fashion?

  • York Hunt - 2011-06-14 09:58

    Crude ANC propaganda!

  • Slingervel - 2011-06-14 09:59

    Obviously this lot of crap will be televised on SABC TV. It is actually very easy - all we do do is stop paying the annual SABC licence fee. Boycott the bastards!