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The SOS Coalition: Support Our Public Broadcaster and Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) are responding to the invitation, by ICASA, to make written submissions on any of the applications for a Commercial Free-to-Air Television Licence and Spectrum on Mux 3. We would like to outline critical concerns regarding Infinity Media’s application. It is important to note that...

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The SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition condemns the attack on journalist Adriaan de Kock on 20 March 2018, by the Deputy Leader of the EFF and Parliamentarian Floyd Shivambu in the Parliamentary precinct in Cape Town. Mr Shivambu made a rather odd apology. Firstly, he stated he did not know he was “engaging in a...

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The SOS Coalition and Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) note, with deep concern, the recent comments made by Communications Minister, Kubayi Ngubane on the Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI) for the South African Public Broadcaster (SABC). Specifically, it is important to  address the following: The Minister is seeking to appeal a critical judgement on a case lodged...

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Passing of Media Freedom Activist Libby Lloyd

January 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Board, staff and friends of SOS Support Public Broadcasting Coalition and Media Monitoring Africa are devastated by the untimely passing of Libby Lloyd (18 January). She is known to many of us both personally and professionally as a dedicated media activist, a committed comrade, a magnificent policy analyst, and a thoughtful and caring friend....

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The SOS Coalition and Media Monitoring Africa warmly welcome the news of the appointment of new SABC COO Chris Maroleng, subject to final security vetting processes. We stand behind the board in making critical appointments provided they adhere to the principle of finding the best people for the job, with suitable experience and capabilities. One...

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PRESS STATEMENT: SABC Strike

December 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

    Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and the SOS Support Public Broadcasting Coalition (SOS) note the strike action by the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers Union (BEMAWU) and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) that began on 14 December 2017. We support the right of workers to strike and we support calls for fair and...

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MMA and SOS note the intensifying strike action by Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers Union (BEMAWU) beginning 2 November 2017.  We support the right of workers to strike. As a broad coalition, however, SOS finds itself in the position where its various union members, including BEMAWU, MWASA and CWU, have adopted fundamentally different positions...

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Remembering Black Wednesday 40 years on!

October 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

Just a short video to remind us all of the journey we’re on. For some, this journey began 40 years ago, and for others it began yesterday. As we commemorate Black Wednesday from all corners of the South African Media Industry, we remain committed to the great call of our land, upholding the principles of...

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The SOS Coalition, Media Monitoring Africa and Freedom of Expression Institute Welcome the judgement in the SOS/FXI/MMA vs SABC/Minister of Communications/Hlaudi Motsoeneng matter. SABC 1 The first key issue in this matter was with regards to the Minister’s authority to appoint Executive members of the board. This power came from the Minister’s use of the...

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After a series of governance and financial crises at the SABC, the dissolution of the last board, and the subsequent appointment of the interim board in March this year, the National Assembly ran a nationally televised process to identify and recommend suitable candidates for a new SABC board to the President. SOS, along with our...

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