A blow for Afrikaans TV as SABC 2 culls even more shows

2014-06-26 08:29
Thinus Ferreira

Cape Town – The SABC is getting ready to dump almost all of the remaining Afrikaans language shows still left on SABC2 and will move this Afrikaans programming to SABC3 – a channel with a much smaller footprint.

It's the result of a TV programming language battle at the SABC which has "become unsustainable" for the public broadcaster's SABC2 channel.

Channel24 can reveal that the SABC will permanently move its sole terrestrial, daily, Afrikaans language TV news bulletin, Nuus om 7, from SABC2 to SABC3 once the SABC's coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup concludes.

Channel24 can also reveal that for the first time in 38 years there won't be any Afrikaans TV drama on SABC2 (the former TV1) any more – the end of Afrikaans drama on this widely available TV channel since television began in South Africa in 1976.

The Afrikaans drama slot, when that content is commissioned by the SABC, will play out on the much smaller SABC3 where fewer viewers are able to see it.

Viewer anger flared up this week when the SABC canned its sole Afrikaans TV news bulletin entirely since Sunday for this week with no forewarning to viewers who couldn't find it on SABC2 or SABC3 because it doesn't exist.

The Nuus om 7 has become a "hurdle" for SABC2 – although it remains a huge viewership and ratings getter.

Doing both Sotho, Afrikaans on SABC2 ‘has become unsustainable’

The move is part of a broader language shift of Afrikaans away from SABC2 since the SABC says that trying to do both Sotho and Afrikaans on SABC2 has "become unsustainable".

Shows like the current affairs program Fokus, TV drama Swartwater, magazine show 50/50 (which also contains other languages) will all be repositioned from SABC2 to SABC3 permanently.

The upcoming move will leave only soap 7de Laan and game show Noot vir Noot as the last vestiges of predominantly Afrikaans language programming on SABC2.

SABC3 has the smallest terrestrial broadcasting signal footprint of the SABC's three terrestrial TV channels.

It means that Afrikaans language programming – already a fraction of what it was on the SABC and SABC2 almost two decades ago in 1996 when the public broadcaster relaunched TV1, CCV and NNTV as SABC1, SABC2 and SABC3 – is being further marginalised.

Since SABC3 cannot be received by as many South African viewers as SABC2 and SABC1 – especially in the vast areas further away from big metropolitan areas and cities – it means that less potential viewers who would want to, would be able to tune in for the daily Afrikaans news bulletin, Fokus, 50/50 or Swartwater simply because they simply don't get the signal.

Only Afrikaans language shows are moved away from SABC2. SABC3's English language current affairs interview show Interface will be moving to SABC2.

Dramatic new SABC TV channel’s schedule structure

It's part of a "network" approach between the three SABC TV channels with firstly a dramatic new schedule structure coming to SABC1 from immediately after the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

SABC2 will slowly change to let the SABC1 changes happen first and then have its major schedule changes in September.

SABC3 will follow after that and could be doing away with its recognisable blue look when it gets a new on-air look as early as from the beginning of July.

Where the Afrikaans language Nuus om 7 and Fokus are both perenially making the list of top 10 most watched programmes on SABC2 every week at around 1.5 million and 1.3 million viewers respectively, these viewership ratings are set to plunge when these programmes move to SABC3 which as a channel is available in less TV households.

Nuus om 7 will get the 19:30 timeslot on SABC3, while the hour long English news bulletin which has not been performing well, will be cut back down to only half an hour again, starting at 18:30.

"The Afrikaans news as we have it at the moment will be moving to SABC3 permanently," Jacqui Hlongwane, SABC2's acting programme manager told TV critics and advertisers this week.

SABC2: ‘A schizophrenic TV channel

"What that does for us on the SABC2 schedule is that it opens it up, so that we're able to flow better. It's been quite a challenge for SABC2 in the past. We really have been like a schizophrenic TV channel."

"We've been serving two markets now – the Sesotho audience as well as the Afrikaans audience – and it's really been quite a struggle to try and serve both those important audiences," said Jacqui Hlongwane. "In one channel that kind of positioning has become unsustainable".

"In terms of our family proposition, we want content that speaks to South African families. So language should not be what defines us".

‘We won’t be having Afrikaans dramas anymore’

"We will still have all the languages on our channel, including Afrikaan but we do feel that it's about family viewing, that it's about family values and all the good things that we need to build this country," said Hlongwane.

"At 18:30 on SABC2 we have 7de Laan. That stays on the channel from Monday to Friday. And then after that where we had the Afrikaans news we will start introducing things like family game shows and reality and factual content".

"After that we will put some sitcoms in – both foreign and local sitcoms – as well as a new telenovela that we want to introduce".

"Obviously it takes time to produce that kind of local content but hopefully by July next year we have a telenovela. So there's a lot of local content investment going on at SABC2 because viewers said that they want to see themselves. They want their lives reflected on screen," said Hlongwane.

"Swartwater, basically the Afrikaans drama slot, is moving to SABC3. So SABC2 won't be having Afrikaans dramas anymore, it moves to SABC3," said Hlongwane.

"It is a challenge with three TV channels to try and accommodate and speak to, and be relevant to 34 million TV households in this country, but we do it, and we try and do it to the best of our ability," said Leo Manne, the general manager for TV channels at the SABC.

THE SABC'S OFFICIAL RESPONSE:

READ IT HERE: SABC not 'marginalising' Afrikaans


Comments

  • Marius van Rooyen - 2014-06-26 08:41

    NO MORE PAYING MY TV LICENCE AND HOPE THAT ALL AFRIKAANERS WILL FOLLOW

      Japie Du Bruyn - 2014-06-26 08:48

      Definitely! :-)

      Sandra Pixiekid Oosthuizen - 2014-06-26 09:01

      Not paying it anyway.

      Bontle Gape - 2014-06-26 09:03

      We don't have Setswana news either, but we are not mourning, watch English news then

      Compos Mentis - 2014-06-26 09:03

      Jeez, if you want to make statements about Afrikaans I suggest you brush up on your spelling. "Afrikaners..." easy, see.

      wikus.erasmus.545 - 2014-06-26 09:05

      Ag bedaar... Kry dan eerder dstv se kyknet "boukwet"...

      Eugene Fourie - 2014-06-26 09:09

      @Louis..more than 80% of the population are probably not paying their tv licenses anyway..

      New_South_African_Glory - 2014-06-26 09:24

      Nie net TV lisensie nie. Ek hoop julle hou op Noot vir Noot en 7de laan kyk. Dit dra die SABC met goeie advertensie inkomste. Hulle melk Afrikaans maar sit niks terug nie. Ek hoop oom Johan Stemit maak sy ogies oop en neem n standpunt in. Begin iets op kyk Net.

      adrian.c.smith - 2014-06-26 09:26

      Im with you in that im not paying tv licence anymore

      Martin Pienaar - 2014-06-26 09:27

      Anyone still watching SABC...?!

      James Laker - 2014-06-26 09:27

      Omdat programme na 'n ander kanaal toe skuif? Hoekom gaan toi toi jy nie ook sommer ook en breek 'n klomp goed in die proses nie?

      frikkie.d.lange - 2014-06-26 09:41

      This will create the need for more afrikaans tv channels on DSTV we dont mind paying for good quality channels in our language- big target market. F the SABC see how long you survive without our tv license payments and what happens to your salaries then. You should not pay for something that you do not get a benefit from or dont understand- simple as that, the courts will agree

      feikmc.heither - 2014-06-26 09:42

      Oh! So you do watch Sabc? Last time I checked majority of the less than 10% of the population said they don't watch it.

      Jonathan Woods - 2014-06-26 09:59

      Now of course if they had actually completed the transfer to digital broadcast there would not be this problem. But like so many things in this country such thinks are simply debated and argued for years with no action taken. Oh well it is now an African country after all so I guess we can not expect much anymore !

      Theo Duke - 2014-06-26 11:09

      It's always been an African country. Jackass

      Andrew Terr - 2014-06-26 12:18

      Whats new?They started culling the farmers a while ago.

      Lesedi Lebese Lesedi Lebese - 2014-06-26 13:42

      So there are people who are paying for a tv license? Next thing you will tell there are people who are for e-tolls! They have adverts, they make a lot of revenue out of that. Government always helps them out with my tax money and you expect me to pay the TV license again? I triple dare you to come get my tv because I will not pay for a TV license.

      Eleanor Butler - 2014-06-26 15:38

      Ongelukkig kan almal nie DSTV bekostig nie. As ek slegs SABC kan bekostig gaan ek maar liewer sonder TV. Die bietjie moeite werd programme daar is te min om voor te betaal. Ek wonder baie of ek geheel en al nog TV wil kyk want die hele kaboedel kanale bied maar weinig goeie kykstof.

      Sibusiso Mahlangu - 2014-06-26 16:25

      I hated the Afrikaans language lessons at school but had no choice because i was forced to learn Afrikaans ! i just don't care about it ! you can hate me but at least i dont pretend !!!

      Alexander Dowding - 2014-06-26 22:23

      die SANC wil Afrikaans uitroei

      Mc Segal - 2014-06-27 06:50

      Don't Get the service Don't Pay ...Simple..

  • Lo Philips - 2014-06-26 08:47

    This is just a continuation of the incompetence the SABC has shown since the cANCer came into power, so it's nothing new and I am not surprised at all. I for one will never ever pay my TV license again just like I will never ever pay for e-tolls. Every afrikaans person should refrain from paying their TV licenses in the future and show these incompetent hooligans that we will not accept discrimination and bad service anymore .

      Nurene Jassiem-Marcus - 2014-06-26 09:49

      Mulalo how does your logic work? What about all those farmers living in rural areas who are Afrikaans speaking?

      feikmc.heither - 2014-06-26 09:53

      Every reason to moan, and news makers are doing a pretty damn job. It's a winning formula, well done Feeders

      Mulalo Ralulimi - 2014-06-26 10:42

      Nurene Jassiem-Marcus042 i said majority not everone, the fact is afrikaans viewers can still access their shows on sabc 3 what is their problem? they sabc just switched chanels

      Mulalo Ralulimi - 2014-06-26 10:49

      Mickey Summer I am lost tell me how white people were discriminated? how is switching channels discrimination? youre just being short sighted, sabc 3 commission better programmes than sabc 2 and 1 so afrikaans programs are gonna be better stop playing a victim!!!

      Jenene Mundt Bergh - 2014-06-26 11:12

      Mulalo, if you took the trouble to actually read the article, you would have noticed that SABC3 is NOT broadcasted to rural areas (only 1 and 2). The places where white farmers live. As a result, they will not be able to watch news in their native language. Hence, the comment that they are being discriminated against. Understand?

      Pollen K Teffo - 2014-06-26 12:22

      Mulalo stop shouting please!

      Mulalo Ralulimi - 2014-06-26 13:55

      Mickey for the last time switching chanells is not discrimination, we didnt hear this nonsense when the bold and the beautiful, days of our lives were switched from 1 to 3. this not a black and white issue, what if they replace those shows with english shows?

  • Obed Gomez - 2014-06-26 08:49

    Khoi San languages are technically the first languages that were spoken is Southern Africa, and now no one speaks them anymore. Afrikaans people won't take blame for that even though they were the people who made those languages perish... See how selfish humans are?! When their languages are at risk they cry wolf.

      Parys Fotograaf - 2014-06-26 09:11

      Wrong, it was the black settlers that caused to demise of the Bushmen.

      Compos Mentis - 2014-06-26 09:13

      yes troll and if you do not cry wolf about your language it will also die out.

      Paul Mark Maarman - 2014-06-26 09:28

      The Khoi and San saw the crap coming...decided to cash in their chips...

      Obed Gomez - 2014-06-26 09:35

      But a British journalist wrote that, and he is in Britain. I'm here in SA and I'm telling you that our grandparents had relationships with the Khoi and San people and so of us carry the blood vein of the San if not most of Xhosa people(which are Bantu people) and Tswana(Bantu people as well). Khoi San were in the west and Bantu East, tribes used to fight and kill each other fairly with no guns over spears, it was a spear to spear and the strongest survived. That happened all over the world except Europe since there is no material to show us how Caucasians lived before the Greeks made Europe a civilized society. But that's not what I wanted to highlight as I posted that comment, when my Afrikaans people arrived here, the first people they met were the Khoi San on the West of SA, and they spoke Khoi San languages and now they don't speak those languages anymore. And horrible things were done to them to make them forsake their native languages, which is a shame really because nothing is done to acknowledge that they were the first people to define this country against a terror of hate a human kind has ever witness.

      Petro Taljaard - 2014-06-26 09:43

      And exactly who understand koilanguage? Is there some black people who will help me to move to ANYWHERE in the world excluding Africa? My sweat lie here, but I am stolen barren! Pleae help me leave this evil place!

      Nurene Jassiem-Marcus - 2014-06-26 09:54

      Actually Obed- if you read your history you would see that it was the English/British who Anglicised the Cape (where most Khoi-San were living at the time) and not the Afrikaners. Coloureds also suffered under British domination in the 1800s, when Afrikaans was made illegal for public use.

      Obed Gomez - 2014-06-26 10:06

      Oh thanks for that comment Nurene, most of the folks here speak about "wipeout" and according to my definition wipeout is an instance of COMPLETE destruction, how is it possible that they were still Khoi San people at the cape when they were wideout before a white man arrived?!

      Frankie van Rensburg - 2014-06-26 16:33

      Afrikaans people cannot take the blame for the Khoi San languages' demise. Afrikaans did not exist then. It only developed later with Dutch as its base

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-06-26 23:52

      Ek stem saam Frankie!

      Oopkop Denker - 2014-06-27 13:51

      So kindly share the stats that prove that Afrikaans is at risk. I suggest you begin by denying the 2011 Census figures... I know, now you're stuck :)

  • caponeil - 2014-06-26 08:50

    Sal dan nie meer my license betaal nie!

      Jenene Mundt Bergh - 2014-06-26 11:14

      Mulalo, if you took the trouble to actually read the article, you would have noticed that SABC3 is NOT broadcasted to rural areas (only 1 and 2). The places where white farmers live. As a result, they will not be able to watch news in their native language. Hence, the comment that they are being discriminated against. Understand? Afrikaans is also the 3rd most spoken language in SA. It is being marginalized.

  • morne.bence.54 - 2014-06-26 08:52

    Yip no more TV license. Tired of paying tax for other peoples enjoyment.

  • Marco Scholtz - 2014-06-26 08:56

    It kind of does make sense..in a way. Most Afrikaans speaking people stay in metropolitan areas (I guess), so no difference. I think SABC has better quality entertainment anyway.

      Jenene Mundt Bergh - 2014-06-26 11:15

      Mulalo, if you took the trouble to actually read the article, you would have noticed that SABC3 is NOT broadcasted to rural areas (only 1 and 2). The places where white farmers live. As a result, they will not be able to watch news in their native language. Hence, the comment that they are being discriminated against. Understand?

  • Dean Heylen - 2014-06-26 09:01

    7de Laan is NOT a predominantly Afrikaans show. They borrow so many words from the English language and mix their languages up so frequently - it is shameful. If you want to identify yourself as an Afrikaans show, then please speak pure Afrikaans only, not this "slanglish" that has become the norm nowadays.

      Dee Harris - 2014-06-26 09:42

      There are no 'pure' languages, Dean, Afrikaans borrows from so many others as does English. Mixing is not a crime, it's communication. Lighten up;)

      Dean Heylen - 2014-06-26 09:54

      I speak only English because I believe in keeping the language traditionally pure. So, to me it matters, and I am sure there are others out there who will agree with me. I know that some people borrow Afrikaans words, but I am not one of those people. Yes, mixing is not a crime, but it does bastardise both languages.

      Dean Heylen - 2014-06-26 10:27

      I agree with you 100% Christien. It is rubbish!

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-06-26 09:08

    Maybe it is time for Afrikaners to stop paying their television licence and stop buying stuff advertised on the SABC.

      Parys Fotograaf - 2014-06-26 09:11

      I see no reason for any license anyway. It's just a money making racket for the evil regime.

      Tanya Bussio-Kemp - 2014-06-26 09:23

      I wonder what will happen if all Afrikaners stop paying their tv license, i think SABC will have to close their doors!! now that would be funny!

      Khuthi Kenneth Tshipetane - 2014-06-26 11:30

      You people are so stupid and ignorant, you know that you cannot purchase a TV set without a license. How do you know that black people don't pay tv license, do you go door to door asking them? Stop being stupid please.

      Peter Woods - 2014-06-27 12:22

      Eish Khuthi Kenneth,but you know that tv licences are not checked for in locsheen,their vehicles will get burnt. Of corse they may check in Naturena,but then chocho can persuade any tv licence inspector. What confuses me is that SABC offers three (?) channels and wants to be paid.In far away Australia,they have up to Eleven channels,no tv licence required.

  • Carlos Russell Velasco-Bourbon - 2014-06-26 09:13

    Dit is 'n ander werk van die ANC..............Respekteer ons taal en kultuur. Ons ouers gestig of ondersteun die skepping van die eerste kettings van kommunikasie in Afrikaans..............Ons moet 'n openbare TV-kanaal in ons taal of ten minste 6 uur van die daaglikse ontwikkeling in Afrikaans.

  • Gert Graaff - 2014-06-26 09:19

    As jy weer sien is all die Afrikaans weg!!!

      John Smith - 2014-06-26 11:32

      Dis in elk geval wat hulle beplan. Druk ons al hoe meer in n hoek in....

  • Tanya Bussio-Kemp - 2014-06-26 09:20

    What happened to being proud of your language?!! Oops i forgot the SABC is BEE and doesn't employ afrikaners anymore! THIS IS BEYOND PATHETIC!

  • Compos Mentis - 2014-06-26 09:20

    Why don't those complaining club together and get their own tv station running. Stop waiting for handouts it is not going to happen.

      Allan van der Merwe - 2014-06-26 10:52

      Why dont u go and hang yourself!

      Compos Mentis - 2014-06-26 11:25

      Real adult comment Allan. How do you think SANLAM was created? Afrikaans people getting together and doing something about it. But that is ok, sit on your backside and complain.

  • Dingaan Ndebele - 2014-06-26 09:22

    I like how the media spins things for instants they informed the viewers yesterday about afrikaans debacle,with a few comments here and there why viewers are dismayed and yet with the same breath the media spins it as "up in arms" or "national outcry"...I for one did'nt twist and turn in bed last night...

  • Maluxion Nketle - 2014-06-26 09:26

    Afrikaans had and still has more programmes in sabc channels,they're not removing afrikaans from tv but taking it to another channel.Change is inevitable and painful but we must all get used to it.I think news24 is pro afrikaans,why if other languages are affected we don't hear this kind of reporting.Afrikaans is spoken by minority and it is a symbol of aparheid,so what is a fuss about it?

      Dee Harris - 2014-06-26 09:50

      What a silly statement you make - 'is a symbol of aparheid,so what is a fuss about it?' - backward thinking!

      Sht Stirrer - 2014-06-26 12:36

      Afrikaans a symbol of apartheid... where did you get that from? You realize it was the British who started the pass book system, and that Verwoerd was Dutch?

  • dylan.mugabe - 2014-06-26 09:31

    Don't panic. Nobody watches SABC anymore anyway.

  • Humbulani Ramavhale - 2014-06-26 09:36

    i think they are unfair and unrealistic,undermining afrikaans language and its reach history.

  • Daniel Matlhomola Makgitla - 2014-06-26 09:37

    Give us a break.....they are just moving to the other channels mos......y dnt SABC cut THE BOLD AND THE BLOODYFULL... Its a garbage

  • Natacha Du Bruyn - 2014-06-26 09:37

    HKGK!

  • Essy Osthuizen - 2014-06-26 09:41

    Net so... waarvoor TV lisensie betaal. Once again, it is the diligent few (the same people who carry the tax burden of this country) who pay their licenses - and to whom??? A biased government owned parastatal that don't even represent those who do pay TV licenses... screw the SABC. Take a drive through any informal settlement and see who has a TV aerial and a dish - do they pay for their TV licenses????

      Goodness Ndlovu - 2014-06-26 22:57

      I Pay for my TV licence once a year,Dstv change a lot of channels,it not a big deal.

  • Machiel Roads - 2014-06-26 09:42

    only afrikaans people are paying tv licence fees ... not anymore .. lets see where these pus'e gets their salaries now. f u SABC

      Andile Zondi - 2014-06-26 10:33

      Hahaha.so the Afrikaaners are the only people dat do everything.thank god apartheid ended,it was a system based on ignorance.So I don't blame you,you were brainwashed like the North Koreans.

      Khuthi Kenneth Tshipetane - 2014-06-26 11:08

      What an ignorant brainwashed punk.

  • Johan Lemmer - 2014-06-26 09:48

    This government is still hell bent on changing systems that are working. It seems if something , does not matter what, is working they DO NOT like it. It must be changed or even renamed. I am waiting for all the thumps down!!!

      Elizabeth Venter - 2014-06-26 09:56

      You've got it all wrong. If it is white/afrikaans, sounds white/afrikaans, looks white/afrikaans, relates to white/afrikaans, then it needs to be change. Doesn't matter whether the system is working or raking in millions, or whether changing it is going to cost millions they have to change it if it white or afrikaans. Just shows you how damn racist this government is.

  • Ernst Marais - 2014-06-26 09:49

    Dit is maar net 'n staatsondersteunde onderneming wat dit kan "bekostig" om 'n vername segment van sy gebruikers in die tande te skop. Dit is dieselfde segment wat ‘n baie groot bydrae tot belastinginkomste maak om sulke kreupel ondernemings aan die gang te hou. Ek het met groot moeite my gedegeregistreer van SABC en besit jarre lank nie meer ‘n TV nie. Kyk nie eers DSTV nie.

      Victor Kotze - 2014-06-26 09:54

      Ernst, klink my jy het hulle in die tande geskop, nie hulle vir jou nie? Baie Afrikaners voel soos jy, en kla dan as as SABC die reekse, wat duidelik nie gekyk word nie, sny.

  • Andre Du Plessis - 2014-06-26 09:49

    They just killed the only remaining income they had. Same as etoll. Why must I pay?

      Khuthi Kenneth Tshipetane - 2014-06-26 11:05

      The only income they had you say, do you think white people are the only ones paying TV license. Don't forget that you only make less than 10% of SA's population, so even if you stop paying the SABC wont fall.

      Ernst Marais - 2014-06-26 14:29

      Khuthi, die Afrikaners dra baie meer tot die belasting by as wat hulle terugkry in terme van dienste. Die SABC sal nie finansieel misluk solank as wat die Regering belastingbetalers het om te melk nie. Die weersin teen diegene wat belastinggeld vermors is besig om op te bou en sal een of ander tyd 'n breekpunt bereik. Soos met etol

      Mike Bundy - 2014-06-27 12:27

      Most of the SABC's revenue comes from sources other than licence fees.

  • Elizabeth Venter - 2014-06-26 09:51

    They would rather have telenova than 7de laan? Really? Does anyone watch telenova on DSTV? Because telenova is a load of rubbish and when it does come on SABC I am pretty sure South Africans will agree...

  • Alain Smit - 2014-06-26 09:53

    @#$ all u people who makes it a race issue.

  • Alain Smit - 2014-06-26 09:55

    At least I did not vote for a @#$ corrupt government.

  • Jamaine Zungu - 2014-06-26 09:59

    Why can't the SABC just have more channels. Have dedicated channels for sport, kids, learning, Afrikaans only channels,Black African channels,Indian etc.. Its not only white ppl watch afrikaans shows. Sometimes its more interesting than the crap they show on other channels. And ppl can watch whatever they like by even watching other shows they can learn about others cultures. That cohesion for you. Not what cANCer spew out. No 1 should feel his/her language is superior to the other.

  • Carol Jacobsohn - 2014-06-26 10:01

    What do youexpect from a dumb person running the sabc. They can have it. As for the licence they are so dumb & stupid that you can be dead for 20 years and they will still want you to pay. You can inform them in any 11 lanugues and they still do not understand that you no longer need a licence or the person is longer here

  • Bretton Eveleigh - 2014-06-26 10:02

    And Multichoice are smiling all the way to the bank... SABC, ESKOM, SAA, SANRAL... all totally f'ed up under ANC cadre management! Seems the ANC cadres only know how to pillage and steal! And their leader Zuma showed the way!

  • Pieter Vermaak - 2014-06-26 10:05

    If that is so I will not be paying my TV licence either

  • Adv Goitseone Legoete - 2014-06-26 10:09

    What the hell did sotho do to SABC? Always knew that anc and sabc wants a zulu country

  • Kobus Pienaar - 2014-06-26 10:10

    Opportunity for DSTV to pull more viewers if they take on all the afrikaans shows being dropped and move them over to DSTV, and even take over the ones like 7de laan also, then SABC gets what ANC wants, and DSTV gets more customers and advertising.... To me this is logical...don't see why we would fight it. Just move to where your shows are welcome. We all know ANC wants to marginalise Afrikaans. If we moan and b!$# about it we give them what they want...rather do out own thing elsewhere and make it a huge success. That is the best way to get at them, as they cannot handle Afrikaans people being successful. Complaining will get us nowhere.

      Pierre Pinard - 2014-06-26 20:49

      I Agree 100% with you Kobus, lets do our own thing and f&#k the anc.

      Goodness Ndlovu - 2014-06-26 23:05

      @ Kobus Pienaar,DSTV is nearly R745.00 per month,and it going up every year some people are not gonna afford that.

  • Tian Reyneke - 2014-06-26 10:17

    Who cares bla bla crap anyway

  • Barend van Eeden - 2014-06-26 10:19

    So why must we pay tv licence if there is only two programs to watch on sabc2 7de laan and noot vi noot. Some people don't receive sabc3 what now will never pay tv licence the zulu language is taking over. Rather watch dstv and send the sabc to hell

  • Archie Dempster - 2014-06-26 10:24

    I think as an English speaking person I agree with you because if they wanted to money would be no problem

  • Andile Zondi - 2014-06-26 10:25

    What's all the fuss about.have you ever seen Khoi San programming on South African TV?none.no tsonga,sepedi,ndebele,sign language,almost non existent Xhosa programming.so why are the boere complaining?You think you are better than everyone else.why should Afrikaans have its own TV station while the rest share.

      Compos Mentis - 2014-06-26 11:45

      Andile, get off your backside and fight for your own tv station.

      Andile Amu Nwa-Holme Ndlovu - 2014-06-26 14:50

      Some black languages don't even have a single advert in their language but are we complaining NO!!! Why fight for a channel there are better things to fight for, like water and sanitation, can we chill there are still 5 afrikaner programmes .

  • Vee Roos - 2014-06-26 10:35

    I don't watch TV but I will definitely NOT pay my licence.

  • Murdock Mopp - 2014-06-26 10:36

    Linguistic genocide

  • Elma Findlay - 2014-06-26 10:36

    Lot of rubbish anyway.

  • Shane Boyd - 2014-06-26 10:37

    Well there goes all the accolades once given to SABC 2 for those shows...maybe DSTV and Etv will be licking their chops thinking of buying these shows

  • Riaan Janse van Rensburg - 2014-06-26 10:37

    nou ja kerels en soo suie ons aal hoe meee aan die agter tiet

  • Rhonda Janse van Vuuren - 2014-06-26 10:40

    Andile, I'm English. ..but a few programmes does not count as having your own channel. Surely that's sharing??????

      Andile Zondi - 2014-06-26 10:47

      This is not the 70's,we have many official languages that must all be treated with respect.There are many languages that have zero programming on that broadcaster.atleast the afrikaaners are competing with english and Zulu as the languages with most programming.I'm yet to even see a khoi san actor let alone a show.

  • Matshane Seleko - 2014-06-26 10:40

    Next in line will be the Sotho languages,including my beloved language SETSWANA.Some guy commented recently in this forum to say that all the other SA races must know that SA belongs to the zulu nation.I was shocked but took solace in hoping that what he thinks will forever exist in his imagination.

  • Elliot Meyer - 2014-06-26 10:42

    with you on this one Marius why should i pay to look at foreign movies if my mother language is not good enough bye bye SABC2 and TV License

  • Adele Post - 2014-06-26 10:46

    Ek sal nie meer my TV lisensie betaal nie. Ja-Ja,baie se dit en kry so baie kritiek. Almal het nie DSTV nie, okey? Die Afrikaanse taal word meer in land gepraat as Engels, so ons taal het 'n plek in die land, maar die "fools"dink mos nogsteeds dis die taal van die onderdrukker. Al die programme in die artikel genoem is programme wat my jong kinders weekliks kyk. Vir die SAUK om te se die skuif is familie waardes en al die ander trooswoorde. Slegte skuif!!!

  • Bianca Lottering - 2014-06-26 10:50

    What sensationalist crap. Note how the reporter uses the term "footprint" to describe SABC 3 traffic, as if you will have to put in so much work to watch the shows now on SABC3. The shows are not being dropped but are being moved to SABC 3 (still part of SABC), SABC 3 and its English programming will also be affected. There's so many languages and cultures that barely get any coverage from SABC. There's 3 tv channels and 11 official languages, get over yourselves.

  • Gwilym John Howes - 2014-06-26 11:09

    Look guys, anyone with a brain knew that after '94 things would get steadily more, er, local. Surely if you have noticed the shambles that is Eskom, the corruption that is parliament, the potholes in the roads, and the courts & police that don't function, then this little episode is no surprise to you? South Africa is increasingly just another part of the epic failure that is Africa. Welcome to the jungle...

  • Nuemi Kelly - 2014-06-26 11:19

    This gives us a reason for NOT paying TV license's good! English and Afrikaans are as much a part of this country as is a African language, and in my opinion this is most certainly another side to 'racist' people against the white people, again! We are also, like the black people a part of this country, and our language and culture is as important to us as is every other language and culture. Deal with it like adults!!

  • Mitzi Boshoff - 2014-06-26 11:19

    So much hate for each other. Any excuse to bring race into any argument. We have a beautiful country and the people should be proud of it's diverse culture. Everyone should focus on improving themselves and stop focusing on hating each other. Being self centered, having a sense of entitlement and begrudging one other is what is wrong with the people of this country. Wake up Children of South Africa !!!! You have no idea how privileged you are - instead of hating - try and give back to the community.

  • Denise Harper - 2014-06-26 11:45

    Disappointed! How are my children then gonna learn the Afrikaans language cause programs like these assisted,