Feb 13, 2020

Digital Migration: The train has left the station!

The SOS Coalition is dismayed to hear that Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications has “raised a concern regarding the slow pace in the implementation of the […]
Jan 17, 2023

The appointment of the SABC Board cannot be delayed any further – Civil society organisations call upon the President to act

It is now three months since the term of office of the previous SABC Board expired on 15 October 2022. The litany of undue delays in […]
Dec 9, 2022

LETTER TO THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY : SOS URGES THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY TO REJECT CONFLICTED CANDIDATES FOR THE SABC BOARD RECOMMENDATIONS

1.1. The SOS Support Public Broadcasting Coalition (SOS) is a non-profit, civil society coalition that represents a range of organisations and concerned individuals. It advocates for […]
Dec 9, 2022

LETTER TO THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY: SOS URGES THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY TO CONSIDER PUBLIC OPINION IN THE SABC BOARD RECOMMENDATIONS

The SOS Support Public Broadcasting Coalition (SOS) is a non-profit, civil society coalition that represents non-governmental organisations (NGOs), community-based organisations (CBOs), community media, independent film and […]
Nov 29, 2022

LETTER TO PARLIAMENTARY PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON COMMUNICATIONS (PCC):THE SOS COALITION URGES THE COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER PUBLIC OPINION ON THE SABC BOARD RECOMMENDATIONS

The SOS Coalition takes this opportunity to express dissatisfaction at how the deliberation process was carried out. Among others, (i) the consideration of gender parity and […]
Oct 25, 2022

The SOS Coalition and Public Interest SA call on the Portfolio Committee on Communications (PCC) to heed the call by civil society

Public accountability and integrity are fundamental in ensuring that those entrusted with the exercise of public power and authority conduct themselves in a manner that conveys […]
Oct 18, 2022

The Board-less SABC faces uncertainty and potential destabilisation.

The SOS Coalition is taken aback by the absence of an SABC Board and warns of potential destabilization. The Board’s term of office ended on the […]
Oct 17, 2022

The SOS Coalition calls on the NPA to action Zondo Commission’s SABC corruption recommendations

The SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition calls on the National Prosecuting Authority to follow through with the Zondo Commission’s recommendations regarding further investigations and possible prosecutions […]
Oct 9, 2022

The SOS Coalition Warns Against the Appointment of an Interim SABC Board

The SOS Coalition’s alarmed by suggestion that an interim SABC Board may be appointed. The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Board‘s term ends in 6 days […]
Sep 30, 2022

ASO to be tied to broad public consultation and registration for free STBs

Today is the last day to register for the government-subsidized set top box to enable those with analogue television sets to access digital terrestrial television. This […]
Sep 13, 2022

SOS OBJECTS TO THE SHORTLISTING OF SOME NON-EXECUTIVE SABC BOARD MEMBERS

The SOS Coalition has objected to the shortlisting of four candidates pertaining to the appointment of 12 Non-Executive SABC Board members. Of the four, two are […]
Sep 12, 2022

SOS COALITION: COMMENTS ON THE PARLIAMENTARY PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES’ PROCESS TO APPOINT A NEW SABC BOARD

1. INTRODUCTION a. The SOS Coalition in Support of Public Broadcasting (SOS) notes and appreciates the opportunityto present its views on the above-mentioned process, currently being […]
Jul 29, 2022

SOS calls for a revitalised investigative news programme to replace Special Assignment

The SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition is dismayed to learn that, after 24 years of existence, one of the SABC’s investigative news and current affairs programmes, […]
Jul 20, 2022

Get acquainted with our new National Coordinator

On 21 April 2022 the SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition appointed Uyanda Siyotula as its new National Coordinator. The Coalition is delighted to have yet another […]
Jul 19, 2022

Kudos to the SABC for making its Grievance Report public

The SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition commends the SABC for agreeing to publishits Grievance Report by a Special Committee tasked to investigate allegations made by theformer […]
Jun 28, 2022

ASO Date Unconstitutional: A win for access to information, a win for democracy!

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and the SOS Support Public Broadcasting Coalition (SOS) welcome the judgement by the Constitutional Court that the implementation of the process to […]
Jun 1, 2022

The SOS Coalition wishes Mr Monare well in his journey as the SABC Head of News

The SOS Coalition wishes Mr Moshoeshoe Monare all strength as he begins his tenure at the SABC today, 1 June 2022, as the SABC Group Executive […]
May 19, 2022

MA and SOS are in court this Friday to appeal that the ASO postponement case be granted direct to the Constitutional Court

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and SOS Support Public Broadcasting Coalition will be in the Constitutional Court on Friday the 20thof May 2022. MMA and SOS have […]
Dec 10, 2021

SOS Coalition Set To Release A Report Into SABC Mismanagement Crisis

10 December 2021 As we near to the end of 2021, the SOS Support Public Broadcasting on December 13, 2021, as part of the Oxfam South […]
Dec 9, 2021

Research Report: SABC (Mis)management Crisis In The Post-Apartheid Era

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Oct 7, 2021

Press statement: South Africa is not Prepared for the DCDT’s proposed Analogue Switch Off Date

07 October 2021 On 05 October 2021, the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies, under the leadership of Minister Khumbudzo Ntshaveni, announced a new date for […]
Aug 11, 2021

Press statement: A call for mass media to contribute prime-time airtime for covid 19 public health messaging

11 August 2021 South Africa is running out of time. While the numbers have dropped due to lockdown for now, a fourth wave is looming. We […]
May 29, 2021

Press Statement: ICASA’s Announcement on Local Content Regulations

29 May 2021   The SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition, the South African Screen Federation (SASFED) and the Independent Producers Organisation (IPO) are delighted with ICASA’s […]
May 3, 2021

SA Youth Reflect On Press Freedom

Today marks over 30 years since the annual celebration of World Press Freedom Day. To mark the 2021 celebrations, we asked a number of young people […]
Mar 29, 2021

SOS & MMA Statement SABC and eMedia Distribution Deal

29 March 2021 The SOS Support Public Broadcasting Coalition and Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) welcome the distribution agreement between the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and […]
Mar 9, 2021

SUBMISSIONS ON THE COLLAPSE OF ETHICAL INTEGRITY AT THE SABC

On 24 June 2019, the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) launched an independent Inquiry into Media Credibility and Ethics. SANEF launched the Inquiry to investigate […]
Dec 6, 2020

SOS and MMA lay Complaints against SABC on Magashule Interview

The SOS Coalition and Media Monitoring Africa had laid three formal complaints to the BCCSA, the Press Council, and to the SABC itself. The three complaints […]
Oct 21, 2020

Statement: SABC’s On-air firing

21 October 2020 The SOS Coalition and Media Monitoring Africa are deeply concerned by numerous[i] media reports that allege improper conduct on the part of the […]
Oct 20, 2020

SOS Statement: Presentations to PPCC by CWU, BEMAWU & the Editorial Forum

20 October 2020 The SOS Support Public Broadcasting Coalition notes that the SABC and the SABC Unions, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and the Broadcasting, Electronic, […]
Sep 2, 2020

Virtual Roundtable on Public Broadcasting: Presentation to Parliament by the SOS Coalition

The SOS Coalition delivered a presentation to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Communications at the Virtual Roundtable on Public Broadcasting, on 2 September 2020. “Digital technologies […]
Aug 21, 2020

SOS and MMA respond to Cosatu and CWU’s calls for the dissolution of SABC Board

21 August 2020 The SOS Support Public Broadcasting Coalition and Media Monitoring Africa are deeply concerned by reports that Cosatu is calling for the SABC Board […]