PRESS STATEMENTS

Sep 2, 2020

Virtual Roundtable on Public Broadcasting: Presentation to Parliament by the SOS Coalition

The SOS Coalition delivered a presentation to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Communications at the Virtual Roundtable on Public Broadcasting, on 2 September 2020. “Digital technologies […]
Aug 21, 2020

SOS and MMA respond to Cosatu and CWU’s calls for the dissolution of SABC Board

21 August 2020 The SOS Support Public Broadcasting Coalition and Media Monitoring Africa are deeply concerned by reports that Cosatu is calling for the SABC Board […]
Jul 22, 2020

SABC at a Crossroads – A Call to Action

Noting: The Covid-19 pandemic and the interconnected climate crisis means that the SABC and its public broadcast mandate are now critically urgent   in meeting the information, […]
Jul 3, 2020

SOS welcomes the publication of the 2020 SABC Editorial Policies

3 July 2020 The SOS Coalition welcomes the publication of the final 2020 SABC Editorial Policies. SOS has consistently campaigned to safeguard the independence and integrity […]
Jul 1, 2020

SOS and MMA Statement on SABC S189 Notice to Staff

1 July 2020 The SOS Coalition (SOS) and Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) take note of the SABC’s Notice of Possible Job Redundancy/Retrenchment and Notification in Terms […]
May 11, 2020

Covid-19 ICT Regulations: Local Content Quotas

The SOS Coalition and Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) are deeply concerned by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (ICASA) decision to publish amendments to its […]
Feb 13, 2020

Digital Migration: The train has left the station!

The SOS Coalition is dismayed to hear that Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications has “raised a concern regarding the slow pace in the implementation of the […]
Sep 27, 2019

SOS Thanks AAA Entertainment for a loan.

Date: 27 September 2019 As the Support Public Broadcasting Coalition SOS, we would like to thank AAA Entertainment’s Mayenzeka Baza and Pascal Schmitz, who on behalf […]
Sep 6, 2019

Open Letter to Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

Open letter to the Minister in the Department of Communications:  Re: SABC Government Guarantee to the SABC Dear Hon. Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams, The failure to ensure a […]
Sep 20, 2018

Submissions in respect of the parliamentary inquiry into the SABC

The below is the prsentataion by SOS in Paranelent’s Add Hock Inquiry into the SABC on 14 Dec 2016 Note: The SOS Sgement starts at 2h […]
Apr 17, 2018

PRESS STATEMENT: Infinity Media’s (ANN7) TV Application

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 […]
Mar 23, 2018

Floyd Shivambu and the growing threat against media freedom

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 […]
Feb 23, 2018

SOS Coalition and MMA address Communications Minister’s comments on SABC MOI

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 […]
Jan 22, 2018

Passing of Media Freedom Activist Libby Lloyd

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). […]
Jan 16, 2018

The SOS Coalition and Media Monitoring Africa welcome the appointment of the new SABC COO

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. […]
Dec 15, 2017

PRESS STATEMENT: SABC Strike

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) […]
Nov 13, 2017

MMA and SOS Official statement on the ongoing Bemawu strike action at the SABC

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 […]
Oct 19, 2017

Remembering Black Wednesday 40 years on!

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 […]
Oct 17, 2017

SOS MMA FXI Victory: Minister’s powers to appoint SABC Executives and the removal of Non- Executive Board Members

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 […]
Sep 27, 2017

The SOS Coalition calls on President Jacob Zuma to appoint the new SABC board immediately.

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 […]
Sep 1, 2017

SABC Interim Board needs to ensure that the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) delivers on its TORs

The SOS Coalition welcomes the news regarding the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) Proclamation, which has been awaiting the President’s signature for months. On the 25th of […]
Jul 11, 2017

Media Release: Mr. President, just sign the proclamation!

SOS would like to echo the chorus of voices calling for President Jacob Zuma to sign the proclamation allowing the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) to probe […]
Jun 13, 2017

MEDIA RELEASE: Goodbye, Hlaudi!

SOS welcomes the news of the adverse findings against Mr Hlaudi Motsoeneng, as well as his subsequent dismissal by the SABC Interim Board. Mr. Motsoeneng was […]
May 30, 2017

MEDIA RELEASE: State Capture and the importance of an independent SABC

CORRUPTION AND STATE CAPTURE – GOOD PROGRESS BUT STILL MORE NEEDED SOS welcomes news concerning the interim board’s decision to suspend James Aguma from his acting […]
May 18, 2017

MEDIA RELEASE: SOS echoes call for James Aguma’s suspension

18 May 2017SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition supports the call by MPs for the SABC Board to consider the suspension of James Aguma as CFO and […]
Feb 22, 2017

SOS Makes Detailed Recommendations on the SABC to Ad Hoc Committee in Parliament

A PDF of the below release can be downloaded here. MEDIA RELEASE SOS: SUPPORT PUBLIC BROADCASTING COALITION MAKES DETAILED RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE SABC TO AD HOC […]
Dec 9, 2016

There is NO SABC Board

SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition (“SOS”) condemns the arrogant behaviour of Professor Mbulaheni Maguhve and the coterie of SABC executives led by the disgraced Hlaudi Motsoeneng. […]
Nov 22, 2016

SOS, MMA take SABC to task for irregularly and unlawfully revised editorial policies

On 03 October, the SOS Coalition and Media Monitoring Africa lodged a complaint with ICASA’s Complaints and Compliance Committee (CCC) concerning the SABC’s irregularly and unlawfully […]
Nov 15, 2016

MMA, SOS support SABC 8 and condemn further threats to our democracy!

The news that the SABC 8 have been receiving death threats pose a clear and present danger to our democracy. We call on the SAPS and […]
Nov 3, 2016

Tribute to the Late Jeanette Minnie: Go well, Jeanette. Though you are gone, you will not soon be forgotten.

It is with shock and disbelief and incredible sadness that we heard yesterday about the passing of Jeanette Minnie. Jeanette played a significant role as a […]