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Parliament, Saturday, 2 November 2019 – The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Communications, Mr Boyce Maneli, on behalf of the committee, applauds the management team of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) for the uninterrupted live broadcast of the last two matches of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

This allowed millions of South Africans from all walks of life to rally behind the Springboks who have now been crowned the 2019 Rugby World Cup champions. The country watched the last two matches on free-to-air television channel SABC2 and listened in on 11 radio stations.

Mr Maneli said that although the broadcast was carried from a SuperSport feed, the SABC nonetheless demonstrated its capabilities. It provided a world-class commentary and insightful analysis.

“The live coverage of the final match on radio stations has demonstrated further the level of capacity that is available at the SABC to reach all South Africans in the 11 official languages. SABC management is encouraged to diligently implement, in its entirety, the turnaround strategy in order to ensure that the SABC continues discharging its public service mandate,” said Mr Maneli.

Lastly, Mr Maneli congratulated the Springboks for winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup tournament.

ISSUED BY THE PARLIAMENTARY COMMUNICATION SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON COMMUNICATIONS, MR BOYCE MANELI.

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