SABC is repeats, repeats, repeats - study

2012-08-29 10:55
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – The SABC is constantly feeding the South African public a steady diet of old programmes and repeats, according to a new study - which will be released on Thursday.

The results of the study comes as the SABC is adding a Nigerian sitcom to SABC2, Meet the Adebanjos, while SABC3 is awash in 80s American dramas.

The only Sepedi drama on SABC is Bophelo Ke Semphego – 25 years old and repeated on numerous occasions over the years.

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) will on Thursday release the results of its comprehensive study entitled "Lack of Diversity. Repeat".

Their findings will be unveiled at a public seminar at the Wits Institute for Social & Economic Research from 16:30 on Thursday. The SABC has been invited to attend.

Major implications

MMA's research examined the quality and diversity of the programming and news content of the SABC.

The study found that the public is continually fed with the same old programmes across the services of South Africa's public broadcaster.

"This has major implications for the role and impact and future of the SABC," said the MMA.

Prof Tawana Kupe, the dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of the Witwatersrand, will deliver a keynote address when the study's findings are revealed.

The SABC announced that it's ready to start its new SABC News TV channel with funding from the pay-TV platform MultiChoice in September.

The news channel will become available freely when South Africa migrates from analogue to digital broadcasting, a process known as digital migration. The news channel will be one of 18 new TV channels the SABC plans to launch over the course of three years as part of its digital terrestrial television (DTT) offering.

The government plans to launch DTT with a ceremonial demonstration on 26 September in Kimberley.

'A vibrant broadcasting sector'

The vast public pressure group, Support Public Broadcasting Coalition (SOS) met with the SABC's CEO Lulama Mokhobo last week.

"It is important to underscore that being the public broadcaster in South Africa and the largest player in the sector, the SABC is prominently situated in a position where it must enable and ensure that we have a vibrant broadcasting sector," said the SOS Coalition in a statement.

"Now, rather than later, is the most opportune moment for the SABC to start looking to asserting itself as the public broadcaster it should be instead of putting out short to mid-term fires as it has been over the greater part of these last five years," said the SOS Coalition.

*Do you agree with the study that the SABC is only repeats, repeats, repeats? Send us your thoughts and get published!


  • anett.maass - 2012-08-29 10:59

    who needs a study to find out? just have a look to the tv guide....

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-08-29 11:16

      My thoughts exactly, can't believe they needed a study for this. Just another way to waste money.

      linda.duits - 2012-08-29 11:54

      Was going to say exactly the same. I don't watch SABC at all.

      renny.meere - 2012-08-29 11:58

      Get rid of the SABC!!!!!

      joahan.smal - 2012-08-29 12:06

      Let's face it, the SABC in its current form does not supply a service and does not understand the requirements of even the dumbest viewer. It is incapable of competing with international role players and globalization of the television industry has left it so far behind that only by replacing all the BEE and AA managers and producers with competent people, might save it. TOP TV has made the same mistake. It relies on well 'connected people' to manage it, but their lack of experience and understanding of both the business and creative side will keep them just where they are. SABC, another fine example of the destructive force of equity laws.

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-08-29 12:30

      SABC is like a shampoo commercial - "watch" rinse repeat

      giovanni.izar - 2012-08-29 12:49

      We are such fools. We pay our TV licenses every year to watch the same old crap over and over.

      martin.britchford.9 - 2012-08-30 13:25

      dstv is very very close, besides like the doccy " moonshiners" there really is not much new, and it has been years, i was off work a bit and the morning line ups are pathetic, repeat repeat, they are showing the whole series of top gear on two separate channels, late night viewing is just as in general is daylight robbery

      Papa-storm - 2012-08-30 14:16

      external hard drive is the way to go there is some subscriptions that cost half the price dstv cost per month and you choose what you watch when you want to.

  • KReddy - 2012-08-29 11:07

    Was a study necessary? I feel like I'm in a time warp or with constant deja vous when SABC is on

      anthea.lagrange - 2012-08-30 17:40

      Ground Hog day - the experience of reliving the same day over and over...

  • firstseed.mbeva - 2012-08-29 11:09

    The same as DSTV

      denis.dendrinos - 2012-08-29 11:31

      but least you have like 50 channels of repeats as opposed to 3!

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-08-29 12:13

      Denis the difference is that with DSTV you pay 25x more than what SABC licence cost. thats why its so frustrating. With SABC you can still view without paying your licence

      ludlowdj - 2012-08-29 12:21

      Yes they do, all neatly arranged into time slots to allow people working different hours and with different free time period the ability to watch their preferred programs, totally different set up, which is needed when you are making so many channels available at the same time.

      denis.dendrinos - 2012-08-29 12:22

      Yup - and I'll gladly pay that to watch live matches of the bokke, the sharks a few movies some history and natGeo, get some series in and....... wait! gasp! you don;t pay TV license......?!!

  • fussed.anderson - 2012-08-29 11:09

    Well dstv is bad for this and still charge a fortune when you dont get half the chanels due to a slight change in the wheather

      1CRAZYONE - 2012-08-29 11:48

      But with DSTV and MNET you choose whether you want the subscription or not... With SABC You are forced to pay your TV license... 'Its the right thing to do' - remember??? hahahaha

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-08-29 11:59

      That's true. The wind blows and DStv is screwed. Yet they never offer to reimburse.

  • julian.sawyer1 - 2012-08-29 11:10

    The same can be said about the pathetic movie line-ups from MNET and DSTV.

  • customdesign - 2012-08-29 11:10

    I don't think they have the infrastructure and financial capacity to do what they plan to. I would be pleasantly surprised if they could prove otherwise.

      joel.serumola - 2012-08-29 12:33

      I agree they can't afford to get new show's at the moment how are they going to do so with 8, they are turning down most of the new ideas, I bet they are probably gonna send a clerk to stand in for them.....

  • zane.blignaut - 2012-08-29 11:15

    I don't find it such a bad thing... the 80"s sitcoms still had good values and morals... I wouldn't just knock it cause the shows are old, many are still very entertaining

      yolande.rwaai - 2012-08-29 11:51

      I'm gonna make things very easy for you

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-08-29 12:00

      Oh whatever. All it does is make people think that the ideals and mindsets from 30 years ago are still relevant today.

      ludlowdj - 2012-08-29 12:24

      even so, why must you pay for their shoddy service when by comparison e-tv which lives solely off advertising can offer a much better line up free.

  • julie.vanniekerk.3 - 2012-08-29 11:15

    Yeah, and what about DSTV Multichoice? Where is the choice? DISGUSTING!

      sankie.oosthuizen - 2012-08-30 13:55

      The choice is yours - here's an idea: DON'T SUBSCRIBE!

  • beryl.knipe - 2012-08-29 11:16

    Same as DStv.

  • LongSword - 2012-08-29 11:19

    Turn everything off.

  • Andre Lombard - 2012-08-29 11:20

    The number of repeats is an indication of the financial woes at the public broadcaster. Would like to know what percentage of their income is spent on salaries vs the purchase of programmes

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-08-29 12:03

      They said they purchased new programmes and shows, but didn't air them.

  • captaine.morgan.90 - 2012-08-29 11:21

    Internet TV!

  • Dimpho9 - 2012-08-29 11:25

    This study is not necessary because everyone knows that SABC is pathetic and yet they take you to Munnick Basson if you don't pay licens how can I pay for the junck they feed us. When they are not repeating they feed you with some replica show that the overseas guys has just launched 3 years ago.shame on you SABC

  • caelykins.zanna - 2012-08-29 11:28

    DSTV is no better.

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-29 11:28

    who watches SABC?

  • cobusvanstaden0506 - 2012-08-29 11:29

    So is DSTV ook Daar is al die kanale en soms is daar wtagtig niks om te kyk nie Hulle repeat die repeats tot jy wil vrek van frustrasie

  • denis.dendrinos - 2012-08-29 11:30

    Hi, I'm Denis and I've got to totally disagree with this! I find their content fresh and relevant and so so entertaining as I've never seen a single on.. Hi, I'm Denis and I've got to totally disagree with this! I find their content fresh and relevant and so so entertaining as I've never seen a single on.. Hi, I'm Denis and I've got to totally disagree with this! I find their content fresh and relevant and so so entertaining as I've never seen a single on.. - 2012-08-29 11:45


      louw.pretorius.54 - 2012-08-29 11:45

      Hope other people click your sarcasm. Excellent!

      denis.dendrinos - 2012-08-29 12:17

      the ones thumbs down shows not everyone is as sharp huh? ;-) Thanks guys....

  • Jeanine Adant - 2012-08-29 11:33

    i totally agree. sabc keep repeating its programs and showing programs from the 80's. i mean, mcgyver and the cosby show for example, for goodness sake. i dont see why i should pay my TV license when we are watching stuff from way back when......sabc seriously need to get their act together....

  • raulcharliebravo - 2012-08-29 11:36

    It reminds me of the repeats in corruption that plagues SA.

      ryan.glenn.758 - 2012-08-29 13:21

      yea, even the news is repeated

  • Irene Vries - 2012-08-29 11:38

    All i know is that the programmes on Sabc and e tv are crap even the kids shows just crap and than yes the winner is always the repeats it is never ending. so i dont watch tv i buy dvds and watch movies and tv series much better totally awesome.

  • kerileng.makhetha - 2012-08-29 11:41

    A NEW STUDY" - This has been going on for years and nothing was done about it.

  • zmalusi - 2012-08-29 11:42

    its more than boring , they alwayz bring old stories, which i found that they don't have any impact to the present time. i don't blame those who are not paying license.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-08-29 14:04

      They Rake in money from tv commercials and tv licenses. They pay their executives millions, and they cut broadcasting budgets by not paying for modern shows. It is all business. Who cares about the customer. Most countries don't force it's people to even pay for a license. Most countries offer set top boxes with tv purchases, not forcing people to buy into the new digital system at over-the-top prices.

  • thelma.nell - 2012-08-29 11:45

    So does MNET/DSTV!!!!!

  • elizabeth.kiralyi - 2012-08-29 11:46

    Not only repeats but the whole lowering of the standards of the programs are very disturbing. I am a pensioner and can't afford pay TV chanels. Elizabeth

  • ansie.fourie.940 - 2012-08-29 11:48

    SABC = Pick a boy

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-08-29 11:57

    Tax payers money for biased news and repeats upon repeats

  • Jacques - 2012-08-29 11:58

    The only thing. TV is good for is sport- otherwise it's useless. News online, watch series and movies... With the internet, people will get their entertainment elsewhere if you're going to broadcast 80s trie like the Cosby show!

  • gershwin.bazier - 2012-08-29 12:02

    yes Dstv too, but at least they have a new movie every sunday night and plenty sports to watch unlike Etv and Sabc competing on who can play Independence day the most

  • afrikeni - 2012-08-29 12:12

    I just paid my R250 TV licence, it's the right thing to do and I am making a difference as they say - sure less money in my pocket. eish!

      march54 - 2012-08-29 16:48

      Wonder how many of the TV owning employees of the SABC feel the same?

  • bomb.technician.5 - 2012-08-29 12:13

    Then they want to know why I stopped paying a license fee.........have 4 "unlicensed" sets, and proud of it.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-08-29 12:13

    The only people who even watch SABC anymore are those who cannot afford the alternative, The SABC would be shut down in any other country as it is nothing more than a propaganda and profit making mechanism for the state, Even the SABC's own board and senior manager watch DSTV

  • hendrikvs - 2012-08-29 12:13

    It seems as whatever the ANC touched over that past 18 years became a mess.

  • lmapheto - 2012-08-29 12:14

    I am ok with the repeats of our local content...not buts please...diversify elswere and leave Nkwisheng on TV

  • bev.lundie - 2012-08-29 12:14

    Stopped watching normal TV 12 years ago and DSTV 5 years ago... itunes you can buy what you want to watch for as little as $1.99 per episode and its 100% legit.

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-08-29 15:15

      How much is your Data?

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-08-29 12:15

    Hey Denis you are very funnyfunnyfunnyfunny. I never watch any sabc channel. Why must I pay (which I dutifully do) a license for something I get no value for ? It's absolutely crazy. Since when do we pay something for nothing. Surely, they can block the service to those who choose (democratic SA ) not to receive their pathetic programmes. Dictatorship and not democracy

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-08-29 15:17

      I pay my rates and taxes, and get NOTHING. It is a done thing in SA.

      sankie.oosthuizen - 2012-08-30 13:57

      You pay TV licence to own a TV. Don't you people GET that?

      anthea.lagrange - 2012-08-30 17:45

      Nope. It's extortion plain and simple. You can't but a TV without a licence , even if you don't even know what crap is on SABC.

  • dave.nutter.75 - 2012-08-29 12:16

    Not only to they repeat and repeat and repeat, but the only live sport we watch is Soccer. Never rugby or F1. I wonder why that is???

  • george.aschendorf1 - 2012-08-29 12:20


  • Gail Bronkhorst - 2012-08-29 12:54

    Sjoe.Dat hul dit nou eers agter kom.Ek het nie 'n studie nodig gehad nie.Net oe in my kop.

  • cheers.perez - 2012-08-29 13:07

    South African television spews out a steady diet of repeats which glorify other cultures and lifestyles. The frequent broadcasting of American crime films gives much "street cred" to the language, clothing and general demeanour of criminal life. Some programme "buy-ins" are sometimes entertaining but we need to have more CHOICE as part of the licence fee. There should be channels dedicated only to repeats: and these broken down further into American, UK and Other. South African television needs to make drastic improvements to its news programmes. It needs new channels to promote more of the country's real-life social, economic and cultural contexts - compelling, educational and entertaining programmes: e.g. the dramatisation of the impact of legislation, etc. on peoples' lives. Identical documentary programmes could be presented by different racial groups to show each group's take on the topic in hand. Finally, the SABC needs to be run by a body TOTALLY independent of political (and anti-government) influence. Jobs for it should be advertised: offering national average salaries, requiring proven experience and expertise in appropriate fields, together with a demonstrable interest and respect for all people groups.

  • harald.voney - 2012-08-29 13:23

    SABC is not even worth the Licence fee that demand.... waste of money, and not worth anything...

  • joel.serumola - 2012-08-29 13:25 momma

  • joel.serumola - 2012-08-29 13:26

    @benbuzuidenhout....only keyboard

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-08-29 13:48

    Time they had a sports only channel instead of blocking up the other channels. I am not a sports addict.

  • nerasmus1 - 2012-08-29 13:55

    Television is dying a slow death anyway thanks to gaming consoles and the internet. People just don't have the time anymore to organize their lives around a tv schedule. Soaps are the only thing that still keep some people hooked but with stupid story lines and over the top acting, it's not enough to keep the majority of informed media users entertained. In my own circles I see a lot of people turning to the radio for their dose of sports and news. Not just cheaper but also readily available and much more up to date than tv channels that even repeat their news bulletins over and over again.

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-08-29 15:20

      "People just don't have the time anymore to organize their lives around a tv schedule." I do, I have lotsa time. Like reading this study of a study.

  • 777productions - 2012-08-29 14:59

    It's no wonder people spend their lives on social-media... the cinemas are too expensive...piracy nowadays will get you arrested... tv has boring repetitive crap... dstv is way too expensive per month facebook is boring twitter seems to be the only bit of excitement until you land up in twitter-jail

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-08-29 15:38

    DSTV is just as bad, the sport is great but we see the same movies over and over, goes off the t.v circuit bang a couple of months later it is back. I sometimes wonder if DSTV has different categories and South Africa has chosen the cheaper one and so we get so many repeats. just a thought

  • teresa.strauss.39 - 2012-08-29 16:23

    so why do we have to pay for a TV licence?

      sankie.oosthuizen - 2012-08-30 13:59

      You "pay" (buy) a TV licence to OWN A TV. SABC channels are all free to air channels. Get it?

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-08-29 17:28

    The SABC consists of repeats and ANC propaganda. Fortunately I read books and fill my mind with the right information.

  • Mashudu Mashamba - 2012-08-29 19:11

    yes dey are always repeating programs dats why i use pay tv

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-08-30 10:33

    When one looks at the rubbish/repeats being shown on SABC,E-TV,M Net,DSTV is there any reason,besides watching sport,to keep paying these huge monthly fees? Methinks that it is cheaper to hire videos because the movies we do see on TV are already seen by many on DVD. The SABC,E-TV,M Net,DSTV are all scraping the bottom of the barrel when one looks at the Leon Schuster movies being shown and many others of 10 plus years old and the repeats are unbelievable from Monday to Sunday.