SABC launches education channel for learners
The SABC has announced that it’s launching a new channel to distribute
educational content to learners through various platforms, and to reach as many
“In line with the corporation’s mandate, the new channel
will broadcast public service content from the department of education,
educational programmes currently available on SABC1, 2, 3 and archived material
produced by the SABC on a limited basis,” reads a statement by the public
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The channel will go live on Monday 4 May on YouTube and digital
terrestrial television (DTT), while other platforms will be confirmed later.
The establishment of the channel comes amid the Covid-19
global scourge, which has impacted the country’s education system extensively.
“The launch of the channel is timely, as the nation requires
these interventions to fill gaps that have been created by Covid-19-related
adjustments. In particular, this initiative will ensure that education and
learning continues outside the traditional classroom environment,” said SABC group
CEO Madoda Mxakwe in a statement.
The public broadcaster says that if funding doesn’t become
an obstacle, it’s possible to broadcast the education content on SABC1 and 2
which have a higher reach.
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“The SABC can provide 12 hours per day over these two
channels,” the statement reads.
The core content will be broadcast in a customary linear
manner, while ancillary programming will stream via digital platforms. The
digital streaming of the channel will be carried using the SABC Education
portal; SABC Education Virtual Academy (SEVA); social media such as Facebook,
Twitter and YouTube; and other SABC channel websites.