SABC to air Olympics in 11 languages

2012-04-18 13:23
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – The SABC announced that the public broadcaster has acquired the free-to-air broadcasting rights for the 2012 Olympic Games in London and will be using all 11 official languages during the course of its coverage.

The SABC's announcement follows SuperSport's acquisition of the pay TV broadcasting rights for South Africa and Africa.

The SABC will be using its three TV channels as well as radio stations for Olympic Games coverage from the end of July until August 12. Live coverage will be shown on SABC2 and be broadcast on Radio 2000 from July 27.

SABC2 will start a new countdown show, Countdown to London 2012 every Sunday at 13:30 and also use the youth-centric afternoon slot Hectic Nine 9 on weekdays at 16:00 for additional Olympic coverage.

"The SABC has gained immense experience in covering sporting events of this magnitude following our successful coverage of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the 2010 Fifa World Cup which was held on home ground as well as the 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup," said Kaizer Kganyago, SABC spokesperson.

"As a public service broadcaster we are pleased that we have managed to secure the broadcasting rights for the 2012 London Olympics as we serve the needs of sports-loving fans in our country.

"Viewers and listeners can expect exciting coverage from the broadcaster, complimented by world-class on-air talent, which will bring the games live into their homes."


  • NrGx - 2012-04-18 14:00

    ruined! - whats the point? these no word in pedi for Arabesque, Cartwheel,Kip, Manna etc

      Nosiphom - 2012-04-18 14:31

      They will create something or talk 50% in English anyway LOL!

      NrGx - 2012-04-18 14:59

      Nosiphom - "And she dUz a arra...arra...ara-bes-qui"

  • bluzulu - 2012-04-18 14:11

    Yebo, Hierdie decision is ongeloflik. Foie tog , I can't wait.

  • Rose - 2012-04-18 14:34


      NrGx - 2012-04-18 15:05

      The SABC will be using its three TV channels as well as radio stations for Olympic Games

  • Maximus - 2012-04-18 15:03

    Wow. Talk about overcompensation from SABC. Does not matter how many languages you use, you still suck. Go digital or go home!

  • Faizie - 2012-04-18 16:13

    Please tell me we arent going to have those idiot football annoounnnnccsas like marx mapyoyoyoyani doing commentary

  • Rob - 2012-04-18 16:28

    This is funny. LOL. Funnigalo !

  • phathuchicos - 2012-04-18 17:14

    whats the point...whats wrong with english only? I thought everybody in mzansi can understand english. Why compromise the quality of game with some 111 language translations...

  • Jill - 2012-04-23 08:16

    I had to laugh when I read the last paragraph of the above story - "Exciting coverage" and "World class on air talent..." Who are/is the world class talent who will be giving us this exciting coverage??? You can be sure that most of the programme time allocated on the SABC channels will, in any event, be filled with advertisements and bobbing heads talking non-stop instead of showing what is actually happening on the day. Other concerns - why coverage only on SABC2 of the Count down to the Olympics and why at 1.30 on a Sunday? This should be in a prime time slot on all the SABC channels that are purportedly going to be showing the games "live". Oh well I can live in hope I suppose :)

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