SABC not 'marginalising' Afrikaans

2014-06-26 15:10

Johannesburg - The SABC on Thursday denied claims it is preparing to "dump" almost all its Afrikaans language shows on SABC2 and move the language's programming to SABC3.

This comes after TV critic Thinus Ferreira reported on Channel24 on Thursday that Afrikaans programmes would be moved to SABC3 - a channel with a much smaller footprint.

According to Kaizer Kganyago, SABC spokesperson, the broadcaster had not marginalised any language and would not do so in future. The SABC prescribed to the Broadcasting Act to ensure all languages were treated equally.

Kganyago said the broadcaster had revealed on 29 May how programming would be affected due to the World Cup.

"The Xitsonga, SiSwati, IsiNdebele, and Venda news have also been moved from SABC2.We strongly believe that all South Africans are equally important,” Kganyago said.

Kganyago added that two of the SABC's most watched shows, Leihlo la Sechaba and Generations, had also been moved due to the soccer tournament.

"This week, the most watched current affairs programme on SABC2, Leihlo la Sechaba, will not be playing. One of our flagship programmes, Generations, has been moved to SABC2 from SABC1," Kganyago said.

He was puzzled as to why programming was an issue only when the Afrikaans shows were affected.

Democratic Alliance MP Gavin Davis said he had asked that the chairman of the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) investigate the dropping of TV news bulletins during the World Cup.

He said the Tsonga/Venda, Siswati/Ndebele, and Afrikaans news bulletins were reportedly bumped off the SABC this week to make way for the double-header group games being played at the time the news usually aired.

"The dumping of these news bulletins would appear to be in contravention of the SABC’s charter, its editorial policies, and its code of practice.

"The South African public has a right to stay informed about current affairs, in the official language of their choosing. The World Cup should not be allowed to deprive people of that right," Davis said.

- Sapa


  • Junior MeKing - 2014-06-26 15:15

    That will be a wise move by the SABC... move them to SABC 3.

      Bontle Gape - 2014-06-26 15:34

      We want Setswana news as well VIVA news VIVA

      Timothy Whyte - 2014-06-26 15:47

      Theyre slowly getting rid of everything white, rugby is on the way out too,not like we could watch it on sabc anyways, they are getting rid of the very people whop ay their salaries, why pay tv licenses

      TC - 2014-06-26 16:36

      "..thet will not marginalize Afrikaans.." What a joke. It has happened and anything that relates to the ANC will continue to systematically kill off Afrikaans! We know we cannot believe anything that emanates from the plundering ANC and its institutions!

      Jaco Fivaz - 2014-06-26 17:19

      do you pay your tv-licence to talk like this

      Lo Philips - 2014-06-26 20:30

      @KgoeteLephuru - the only thing idiotic is your comment.

  • Graham Johnson - 2014-06-26 15:18

    And Zuma did not abuse any taxpayers money!

  • Lebohang Molefe - 2014-06-26 15:23

    Aaga nee maan, nie die SABC weer. Maar ek weet nie van een wit persoon wat kan enige swart taal praat. Waneer gaan julle leer?

      Kobus Du Plessis - 2014-06-26 15:50

      what nation Nikos

      neels.snyman.54 - 2014-06-26 16:27

      Hoekom moet ek??? Jy verstaan mos Afrikaans!

      jacques.potgieter.313 - 2014-06-26 17:05

      Lebo. I challenge you to go to KZN and find me a farmer who cannot speak Zulu. My grandfather speaks and writes Zulu better than he does in English.

      Intim Advisory - 2014-07-23 20:22

      as jy welgespreke afrikaans wil besig sal die volgend fyner kunsies moet inoefen.. Ek en my kinders praat sepedi en tshivenda en isizulu... beter as wat jy afrikaans praat.Probeer dit nie van engels vertaal nie... dalk 'n saak van onmoontlikheid vir jou pachydermkranium se begripsvermoë.

  • joe.holman.37 - 2014-06-26 15:25

    I only used to watch the Afrikaans news when Riaan Cruywagen was there as I was hoping to see his wig fall off...

  • Dingaan Ndebele - 2014-06-26 15:26

    Like a british settler would say a storm in a teacup...

  • Hazel Zinn-Puljevic - 2014-06-26 15:26

    Then what are doing? Trying to pull the wool over our eyes.

  • Joe Casquilho - 2014-06-26 15:27

    What they going to do if I don't pay my TV license? Go on strike? Toyi toyi? Form a new Union? This is going to be interesting...

      dan.butler.7967 - 2014-06-26 15:49

      Last they will see of my license money!

      Sonwabo Soso Ntshata - 2014-06-26 15:52

      Hahahahaha pay back time, this our country

      Genet Joobs - 2014-06-26 15:59

      Sonwabo, whoose country are you talking about. South Africa belongs to all.

  • Trudi Roos Potter - 2014-06-26 15:32

    Why do we still pay lisences? I never watch any SABC programmes. And what about old Afrikaans people in old age homes that cant afford DStv? I suppose the "punishment"will never stop!

  • Tavengwa Chivirira Muchini - 2014-06-26 15:40

    One day i got over the moon in Capital Park Pretoria,then i bought an Afrikaans music to listen in the car...hey,i could not tell the head from the tail,the lyrics were just bizzare.A sangoma can use the Afrikaans music to cast out demons i tell you!

      Tavengwa Chivirira Muchini - 2014-06-26 15:44

      Several demons can flee from Afrikaans Music i tell you.

      Kobus Du Plessis - 2014-06-26 15:52

      lol I cant stop laughing.....

      jacques.potgieter.313 - 2014-06-26 17:07

      As an Afrikaans speaking person... I cannot stand the music

      Francois Marx - 2014-06-26 17:16

      I was driving and saw someone speak Venda/Pedi and flies swarmed their face and mouth! Hahaha! Thank goodness Im not Venda/Pedi/black and speak black manure langueeeeeege.

  • Jamill Ahmed - 2014-06-26 15:41

    Tape all those Afrikaans programs while you can for rainy days don't worry Afrikaans people soon English will disappear too Lol to make space for "all languages"or just invest in a dstv decoder I saw a channel there for you my Afrikaner friends

  • Nathi Nasir Abdul - 2014-06-26 15:43

    These people and their whinning!!

      Francois Marx - 2014-06-26 17:11

      Indians/Malays/Muslims and their whining...!

  • Phoofolo Lebo - 2014-06-26 15:47

    Some of whites people still practice a racism... And it disgusting.

      Rob Martin - 2014-06-26 16:08

      So do blacks amongst their own

  • Sipho Ndaba - 2014-06-26 15:49

    Slowly Afrikaans is being swept out of this country.

      TC - 2014-06-26 16:41

      And the Afrikaners do not really care much about being swept away. As long as their damn springboks play well - but that is also being destroyed by the ANC.

      Francois Marx - 2014-06-26 17:07

      Afrikaans is hier vir ewig, my maat. So jammer vir jou, seun

  • Christa Flanagan - 2014-06-26 15:51

    Why is it that people get upset with Afrikaans? Afrikaans is here to stay! I'm proudly Afrikaans! We've got culture! We know who we are and where we come from and our Afrikaans heritage etc! Sabc has been trying to get rid of Afrikaans for many years! We will toi -toi like everyone else in this country! You people that are against Afrikaans are inborn racists! So much for democracy! Lol

      Sipho Ndaba - 2014-06-26 15:58

      The reason for that Christa is because Afrikaans did not originate in South Africa, well atleast that's what the SABC say.

      Francois Marx - 2014-06-26 17:05

      Goed gesê. Hulle IS rasiste. Biltong met ñ vetjie vir jou.

  • Enoch Nontshulwana - 2014-06-26 15:55

    is this not only for the SWC period?

  • Christopher Choane - 2014-06-26 15:55

    I would expect this from FF+ or Steve Hofmeyer not DA anyway during the Cricket: T20s, ODIs & Test matches English bulletins are moved either to earlier slot or later and I am yet to see complains. Oh by the way its English news.

      Gideon Joubert - 2014-06-26 17:12

      In this instance the Afrikaans news was scrapped, not moved. Huge difference.

  • Kobus Du Plessis - 2014-06-26 15:57

    I dont understand why people are fussing about this really, I thought all white people had high profile jobs and can afford DSTV.

  • Rob Martin - 2014-06-26 16:06

    Appears like it.

  • Tavengwa Chivirira Muchini - 2014-06-26 16:14

    @Bottcher,i listen to Jacaranda sometimes,its not Jajarang,Jacharang always,i listen to Veneker Fekkeer,in English its just Traffic Update.You make simple words so 'greasy and oily' in Afrikaans!

      Ilse Broberg - 2014-06-26 17:47

      Ek wou kommentaar lewer en toe besef ek dat niks wat iemand sê of doen onnoselheid kan wegneem nie.....dis verewig in die gene!

  • Thonwi Mudzielwana - 2014-06-26 16:24

    The SABC management must stop entertaining those moron who are complaining about nothing,they do not have anything to say or do that is why they are making noise for nothing. To hell with all those idiots and if they do not have any serious to do they must go and hug the tree or jump into the ocean

  • Tavengwa Chivirira Muchini - 2014-06-26 16:25

    @Bottcher do you notice your hair is 'black'.Why do you carry around black hair,just make it white all over maan!

  • Rio Lembas - 2014-06-26 16:30

    Our citizens on the other part of our group complains about useless things like this one and the last week issue of prostitute should be given centre stage.If we want to move our SA forward stop being selfish

  • Nathi Nasir Abdul - 2014-06-26 16:41

    One could swear whinning is their culture and News24 is not doing their whinning any favours, always tapping on their fragile emotions.

  • Chol Mabeo - 2014-06-26 16:46

    I am surprised that people still have time to complain about SABC. There is absolutely no order there, it is free-for-all. Everything goes by which side of the bed Hlaudi Motsoeneng woke up.

  • Melissa Hugo - 2014-06-26 16:57

    Why not get a SABC Sports channel - that way every viewer can watch whatever it is they want to.

  • Tavengwa Chivirira Muchini - 2014-06-26 17:02

    Before 1994,jus ten yrs ago, they wanted ONLY Afrikaans spoken by everyone,remember.They don't cease to amaze me!

      Johan Nothnagel - 2014-06-26 17:46

      Just "ten" years ago ?go back to school and learn some maths you idiot. Talk your own language rather cause your english is just as bad........

      Sam Beza - 2014-06-26 18:04

      Other languages (and cultures) are also victim to the Governments incompetence and negligence. Their rights also get violated every day. Why are you complaining when they stand up for their rights? You should be commending them, because they are indirectly fighting for your rights as well. Sheez, we only see black and white in everything and we miss all the things in between.

      Beatrix Rode - 2014-06-26 18:15

      Wonderfull, at least one black person (Sam Beza) understands what all the whining is about!!

  • Edward Mjadu - 2014-06-26 17:05

    Don't mind them my dear baas,let us watch 7th De Laan its on the screen.

  • sthembize.zulu - 2014-06-26 17:06

    It's only for the World Cup! The biggest show on the planet....

  • JeanClaude Vandamme - 2014-06-26 17:06


  • Nzimi Dennis Kantoro - 2014-06-26 17:11

    Remove them on air can't even understand that thing called afri what ?

      Sam Beza - 2014-06-26 17:36

      I'll translate the word for you. "African" ;)

      Andrew Lottering - 2014-06-26 17:54

      nzimi try understanding this " Jou Masep..s

  • Motlalepula Matshwe - 2014-06-26 17:25

    They used to be blind,deaf and they did not see nor hear anything and couldn't say a word. Now they see so brightly,hear brilliantly and are forever whining. Their Superior mentality is making them see ghosts even where there are non,hear voices when it is very quiet.

      jerome.fakoe - 2014-06-27 02:12

      How poetic...did you learn that through OBE?

  • steven.m.smith.1232 - 2014-06-26 17:48

    Everything managed by these people is a mess. The roads, taxis, hospitals, mines,police, every government run service is a total mess. If I could get out of this country I would. But because of these ANC and EFF idiots this country is quickly running into the ground. Every country in Africa is now a stuff up.

      Lehlohonolo Mohapi - 2014-06-29 01:28

      what are you waiting for! f**k .... You dont belong here surely you know that. Tsamaya serota ke wena! Ka ntoto e nyane. Who is "These people!"

  • Riaan Roux - 2014-06-26 17:54

    Your maths are amazing!

      Gugulethu Lupuwana - 2014-06-26 19:36

      And your English ARE amazing.

  • Paulo Areal - 2014-06-26 18:04

    If they are not being catered for, why should they pay TV licence, this is logic not whining.

  • Simon Sai Foyo - 2014-06-26 18:06

    Try to find out where smith original they were from and do urself a favour go back where u belong

      jerome.fakoe - 2014-06-27 02:10

      You sound chinese so where do you belong with your fonkong names?

  • Fuwaad Ali - 2014-06-26 18:07

    The really fascinating thing about this is that the "non-white" people that are commenting and justifying this move are hiding behind the World Cup....NEWSFLASH : Your non-afrikaans shows are only moving temporarily (which is why nobody made a big fuss about it)..Afrikaans shows are moving permanently.Also , its amazing how the black south africans are quick to cry racism yet their comments are move "them"...The reality is racism is not defined by whites oppressing blacks, its one race oppressing or in this case marginalising another...And this is exactly what the ANC is doing.And FYI i am not afrikaans but i see more sense in these shows...its the only reason i ever bothered to watch SABC2.What next?Quote systems for public transport?

  • Alta Steyn - 2014-06-26 18:12

    When you have to justify your reasons the way you do, SABC, it means you are wrong and you know it. Already people are intolerant of each other. You are just adding fuel to the fire and keeping racist flames burning high.

  • Emmah Mokoena - 2014-06-26 19:04

    why are u cmplng?totsiens or dstv.

      jerome.fakoe - 2014-06-27 02:08

      I see the circus left its gates open again

  • Paulo Areal - 2014-06-26 19:15

    The word is - complaining, how racist are you

  • Mveleli Zacharia - 2014-06-26 19:17

    Afrikaans is discontinued for good, go get it free from e TV if this was Ruby world cup these idiots won't be complaining

      jerome.fakoe - 2014-06-27 02:07

      Discontinued like your education

  • clinton.swanepoel.14 - 2014-06-26 20:29

    They are not really FU sabc racist losers.

  • clinton.swanepoel.14 - 2014-06-26 20:32

    Any Lang kan be racist. Ahole!!!! And just for your idiotic brain that wont Understand thr English created apartheid(UK) dom ding

  • Andrew Moore - 2014-06-26 21:16

    my goeie hel. nie die engels tikkende of afrikaans tikkende mense hie kan spel nie. why are you people moaning SAncBC are not banning Afrikaans from being televised, they are just guving it a new home on SAncBC 3. what us the big deal??? almal skoo nou so 'n helse boehaai op oor niks. No one likes change but damn people addapt ir get yourself a DSTV subscription en dan kyk julle iu outjies maar KYKnet.

      jerome.fakoe - 2014-06-27 02:06

      Jy dink soos n D@@s

  • Andrew Moore - 2014-06-26 21:21

    and in those of you so against Afrikaans please note that it is a language like the other 9 (english excluded) totaly 100% an african language yes it does have roots from France/German/Dutch but it is not Colonial or European unlike English

  • Eben Schoeman - 2014-06-26 21:22

    Kyk iemand nog na die propaganda kanale van die regering? Ek weet ons betaal nog daarvoor!

  • Nomusa Magwaza - 2014-06-26 22:01

    Hahahaha there we go again!! Racism is always an answer 4 ppl who cn think!! Idiots

      jerome.fakoe - 2014-06-27 02:04

      Nomsa look in the mirror before calling the pick a spade

  • Paulo Areal - 2014-06-26 22:49

    Who you calling idiots, these are tv license paying people, who are being denied a service they paying for. You are a racist, for your infomation more people speak Afrikaans than English in SA. By the way im not Afrikaans, ....

  • Andrew Moore - 2014-06-27 02:30

    @John Christie, so what you are actualy saying is, is that any language that is not English, is irrelevant and of no importance. U state it to you in the "universal usuage of your so-called important WORLD language" YOU'RE AN DICK

  • Willie Olivier - 2014-06-27 06:43

    Bottom line is sabc is not capable to run events like the world cup. Not without sacrificing very important and popular programing. Dstv are far more capable in running these events. I hope the advertising industry sit up and take note!

  • Tiisetso Quinter Ramoetsana - 2014-06-27 10:34

    well done to the SABC management. keep up the good work.