All TV shows on SABC cancelled for Mandela tributes

2013-12-06 11:48
Johannesburg - All programming and advertising has been shelved at the public broadcaster across all its television channels and radio stations for at least 48 hours – and possibly longer.

This is to make way for tributes to Nelson Mandela, City Press reported.

“This was the plan all along,” spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago told City Press.

“The three TV channels will be showing the same coverage, which is tributes and documentaries with crossings to different venues to get messages from leaders and people there. It’s all that matters for the next few days.”

Ster-Kinekor and Nu Metro have also announced that there will be no screenings of the hit biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom at local cinemas today, in honour of the passing of the film’s protagonist.

It was at the film’s London premiere last night that Zindzi Mandela learned of her father’s death.

The Guardian reports that she was given the news during the film. The rest of the audience – including members of the royal family and lead actor Idris Elba – were told after the screening.

South Africans will be able to see the film from tomorrow again.

Ster-Kinekor owners Primedia Broadcasting first made the decision after consulting with producer Anant Singh.

At the same time they announced that, like SABC, Primedia will be suspending all advertising on its radio stations – Talk Radio 702, 94.7 Highveld Stereo, 567 Cape Talk and 94.5 Kfm – “as a mark of respect” for Madiba.

Instead the media group will use its various digital platforms to pay tribute to Madiba.

“We are privileged to have lived during Madiba’s lifetime and to have shared in his journey. Let’s all come together to celebrate that lifetime by uniting in his memory,” said group CEO Kuben Pillay.

Kagiso Media, owners of East Coast Radio, Heart FM, OFM, Jacaranda FM, iGagasi FM and Kaya FM, have taken similar steps.

Kagiso’s Lundi Cavernelis told City Press that “across its portfolio Kagiso has cancelled on-air competitions and other on-air content, but generic advertising remains as scheduled”.

After the emotionally charged screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Elba last night released the following statement: “What an honour it was to step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela and portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”


  • Bliss Ignorancis - 2013-12-06 12:00

    That's a bit over the top, people.

  • Paris Ioannou - 2013-12-06 12:01

    nothing good on sabc anyway, can we get a discount on tv licenses for the 3 days?

  • Fishy Abraham - 2013-12-06 12:01

    Am i going to get a partial refund on my tv licence?

  • Bill Mitchell - 2013-12-06 12:28

    The ANC is loving this All this coverage

  • Emm Emm - 2013-12-06 12:31

    Come now. The Man was great and an inspiration, but he was not GOD

  • Sarah Laubscher - 2013-12-06 12:35

    Now who made that decision? No 1? Glad I have DSTV Premium service.

  • Khaye Dladla - 2013-12-06 12:36

    Whats the use of having 3 channels if they going to play same thing at the same time ai sabc u give us no choice

  • Iszi Doe - 2013-12-06 12:38

    SABC? What is that?

  • Thabiso Swazi Nkoadi - 2013-12-06 12:39

    48hrs, oh well aleast the Proteas played yesterday

      Elaine Gail Pridgeon-Alberts - 2013-12-07 08:12

      Thabiso there's cricket on Sunday again. :(

  • Willium Moyo - 2013-12-06 12:43

    Fitting honour to an icon. This is a moment unlike any other, let's give it the respect it deserves. Bigup SABC

      Estelle Vos - 2013-12-08 21:40

      An icon of exactly what???

  • givenvon.baloyi - 2013-12-06 12:54

    I understand the national broadcaster, but movie theaters? I thought they would have screened more of the movie as a tribute, surely most people would have liked to see it now, at least I would have.

  • Mbongeni Anele Nyathi - 2013-12-06 12:56


  • Gordon Wolfaardt - 2013-12-06 13:01

    thats why i wont pay my tv license

      SJ Lubisi - 2013-12-06 14:42

      yes sabc is a free chanel .if u want to pay subscrib to dstv

  • Bongani Mtlhavani-Recksons - 2013-12-06 13:05

    Vanhu va xikwembu naaaaa, Onele please go and update our DSTV subscription I forsee a blanket blackout!!

  • Twerk French Twerk - 2013-12-06 13:08

    Thank God i've got dstv

      Sivuyile Mnyombolo - 2013-12-06 13:53

      Since when u have Dstv?

  • Peter Sabatha - 2013-12-06 13:21

    Rip mandela,no one can and ever will like you even if they tried....

  • Attie Gerber - 2013-12-06 13:34

    these anc idiots should rather bow their heads in shame the way are running this country into the ground a do what mandela stood for

  • Gary Calvin Cowan - 2013-12-06 13:34

    Why has been EVERTHING stopped because of a ___________??? Why has everyone idolised Mandela in such a way??? What about the way he went out to try and rise to POWER???

  • Susan Fraser - 2013-12-06 13:42

    This is too much....

  • Oscar Lekoane - 2013-12-06 13:45

    I love & respect Mandela & appreciate the significance of his passing,but all 3 sabc tv chanells showing the same thing in the same language & format?isn't this OTT?We already know so much about him through his books & documentaries.Tributes will be a repitition of the same thing.

  • Tracey Erasmus - 2013-12-06 14:05

    well to the pub we shall go.......

  • Thilivhali Ndou - 2013-12-06 14:13

    Thank g0d I've g0t DSTV

      SJ Lubisi - 2013-12-06 14:39

      when did u have dstv bzs u are waching sabc ne?

  • Bronwyn Ansley - 2013-12-06 14:23

    The first few comments on this board are appalling!

      Wan Ker - 2013-12-06 15:02

      We had Michael Jackson's death shoved down our throats for three months..... imagine this.....

  • Heine J. Van As - 2013-12-06 14:28

    The amount of negative comments on this board is repulsive. Word groot en doen julle bliksemse huiswerk. 2dae se SABC is niks, spandeer tyd met jou familie, bel jou ma... wees dankbaar.

  • Christopher Tissang - 2013-12-06 14:56

    Im glad i got d.s.t.v and idont care who thumbs me down.

  • Wan Ker - 2013-12-06 15:05

    it is about time they did something useful with my TV License monies eh?

  • James Smythe - 2013-12-06 15:23

    This is a gross over-reaction, irrespective of one's views on Mandela or the ANC! It is in fact more in line with what one would expect in a totalitarian despotic state such as North Korea. I do not believe even the arch-enemies of human freedom, the Soviets before 1989, did anything like this when important leaders died!

  • David Fourie - 2013-12-06 15:27

    I think it is so good of the Sabc to increase the quality of their programming for a 48 hours

  • Phindile Zina - 2013-12-06 15:49

    SABC is exaggerating now, all three channels showing one thing...but then again, some us really need to learn more about Madiba's history, more especially kids they'll be forced to watch his history, tributes pouring in for him and I salute SABC for that!

  • Ntchane Mhone - 2013-12-06 17:05

    Heroes of Africa kwane Nkuluma,Hastings Kamuzu Banda,Julius Nyerere n now Nelson madiba Mandela RIP

  • Bianca Lottering - 2013-12-06 17:43

    This is depriving citizens of their freedom of choice. One channel is enough. You can't force people to watch what you want them to watch.

  • Shirley Shez - 2013-12-06 17:57

    We all love madiba nd we r sad that he is no longer with us bt cancelling all the programs on tv is not fair why ddnt they show mandelas rememberance on one or two tv channels bt not all of them . come on tv people

  • Glenys Theron - 2013-12-06 19:08

    To all you empty barrels who are making so much noise - thats enough now

  • Chris Sterling - 2013-12-06 21:30

    This is nonsence .so we are stripped of our freedom of choice .reality has got to be accepted .a terrorist has passed away now we have 2 have it shoved down our throats .wether we like it or not!

  • Priscilla Smith - 2013-12-07 06:16

    Oh boo hoo hoo! So there is no tv for ONE WHOLE DAY! Shame. There is nothing on these channels worth watching anyway. And I DO NOT HAVE Dstv! Talk to each other for a change! Read a book! BUT SUCK IT UP PEOPLE!!!!

  • Zulu Zoo Propotional Bongs - 2013-12-07 08:03

    Guys Guys Guys enough is enough we want to watch Pirates Vs Platinum Stars Please take out this thing its now irritating.

      Lets John - 2013-12-07 09:05

      I am with u on this one, we cnt miss this game bcz of this,,,,,,,, its enough

  • Elaine Gail Pridgeon-Alberts - 2013-12-07 08:10

    You are kidding me!? I am sad at the loss of a great human being - but there's cricket on Sunday! :(

  • Jennifer Yvonne Langford - 2013-12-07 08:25

    Going to a pub where there is no TV. Then to buy Free TV or Top TV which ever is cheeper.

  • Miehleketo Mazozo Nicholas - 2013-12-07 12:05

    damn its suck now i wana buy dstv

  • Siphosethu Mkhanya - 2013-12-07 17:53

    I don't know why they have to shut everything down and still show the same thing on all stations and repeats nogal

  • Laylah Lebohang Mashego - 2013-12-07 18:32


  • Francois Jenna Ehlers - 2013-12-07 19:43

    Please guys rather let the sabc channels make turns on paying heritage to madiba we love madiba but really showing the same one all the channels and repeats? Really don't you thinka mandelas family want some privacy to morn? Without everybody to hassle them aftewr all at the end of the day madiba is his own person doesn't mean. He belongs to everybody

  • Shuaib Bassadien - 2013-12-08 20:09

    We are deeply sorry that he died and understand he was a hero bt you can't cancel the shows and programes cuz its holidays nd we like to enjoy watching a movie I getting very bored watching everytime of mandela you can jst put a tribute of him on one channel not all of the channels nd its everytime da same stuff on each channel cum on plse take it off nd put the normal programmes on

  • Shuaib Bassadien - 2013-12-08 20:44

    I'm getting really fed up of seeing mandela programmes on every channel. I hate this.

  • Estelle Vos - 2013-12-08 21:35

    Nie almal is madiba aanbidders nie, maar almal moet tv lisensies betaal... Kom bietjie by hoor!!! Die na-latingskap van n geliefde President. Ek laat vir julle na, plaasmoorde wat 100% toe geneem het van 1994 af. Ek laat na skole en parlement waar die Christen Godsdiens verbied word. Ek laat na n land sonder n Burgerlike Kommando en n Polisie en Weermag wat deurdrenk is van korrupsie. Ek laat na hoe belastings, onredelike prys verhoogings en stygende inflasie. Ek laat na n land wat uit sy nate bars van verbode immegrante wat vir my gestem het. Ek laat na n land vol misdaad, bedrog, moord en verkragtings omdat wetgewing nie reg toegepas word nie. Ek laat na regstellende aksie waar geleerdheid prys gegee is vir stemme. Ek laat na n land vol verwoesting en plundering want toy toy is verhewe bo die wet. Ek laat na die afskaffing van doodstraf en die wettiging van aborsies. Ek laat na strate vol misdadigers d.m.v. amnestie. Ek hoop my na-latings sal vir SA vrede, voorspoed, gelykheid en regverdigheid bied en dat ek nog lank vereer sal word vir my moeite. Jul geliefde President Madiba

      Klipkop de Groote - 2013-12-09 12:33

      Here you go: 29° 49' 0" South, 24° 24' 0" East, GPS coordinates of Orania.

  • Shuaib Bassadien - 2013-12-09 01:44

    I hate you sabc plse 4 da thousand time put da normal programmes on I'm getting sick of watching da same stuff

  • Shuaib Bassadien - 2013-12-16 05:05

    Mandela has been buried so can u plse let him rest in peace nd stop showing his history now on television

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