PRESS STATEMENTS

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 […]
Jul 22, 2020

SABC at a Crossroads – A Call to Action

Noting: The Covid-19 pandemic and the interconnected climate crisis means that the SABC and its public broadcast mandate are now critically urgent   in meeting the information, […]
Jul 3, 2020

SOS welcomes the publication of the 2020 SABC Editorial Policies

3 July 2020 The SOS Coalition welcomes the publication of the final 2020 SABC Editorial Policies. SOS has consistently campaigned to safeguard the independence and integrity […]
Jul 1, 2020

SOS and MMA Statement on SABC S189 Notice to Staff

1 July 2020 The SOS Coalition (SOS) and Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) take note of the SABC’s Notice of Possible Job Redundancy/Retrenchment and Notification in Terms […]
May 11, 2020

Covid-19 ICT Regulations: Local Content Quotas

The SOS Coalition and Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) are deeply concerned by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (ICASA) decision to publish amendments to its […]
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 […]
Sep 27, 2019

SOS Thanks AAA Entertainment for a loan.

Date: 27 September 2019 As the Support Public Broadcasting Coalition SOS, we would like to thank AAA Entertainment’s Mayenzeka Baza and Pascal Schmitz, who on behalf […]
Sep 6, 2019

Open Letter to Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

Open letter to the Minister in the Department of Communications:  Re: SABC Government Guarantee to the SABC Dear Hon. Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams, The failure to ensure a […]
Sep 20, 2018

Submissions in respect of the parliamentary inquiry into the SABC

The below is the prsentataion by SOS in Paranelent’s Add Hock Inquiry into the SABC on 14 Dec 2016 Note: The SOS Sgement starts at 2h […]
Apr 17, 2018

PRESS STATEMENT: Infinity Media’s (ANN7) TV Application

The SOS Coalition: Support Our Public Broadcaster and Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) are responding to the invitation, by ICASA, to make written submissions on any of the […]
Mar 23, 2018

Floyd Shivambu and the growing threat against media freedom

The SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition condemns the attack on journalist Adriaan de Kock on 20 March 2018, by the Deputy Leader of the EFF and […]
Feb 23, 2018

SOS Coalition and MMA address Communications Minister’s comments on SABC MOI

The SOS Coalition and Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) note, with deep concern, the recent comments made by Communications Minister, Kubayi Ngubane on the Memorandum of Incorporation […]
Jan 22, 2018

Passing of Media Freedom Activist Libby Lloyd

The Board, staff and friends of SOS Support Public Broadcasting Coalition and Media Monitoring Africa are devastated by the untimely passing of Libby Lloyd (18 January). […]
Jan 16, 2018

The SOS Coalition and Media Monitoring Africa welcome the appointment of the new SABC COO

The SOS Coalition and Media Monitoring Africa warmly welcome the news of the appointment of new SABC COO Chris Maroleng, subject to final security vetting processes. […]
Dec 15, 2017

PRESS STATEMENT: SABC Strike

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and the SOS Support Public Broadcasting Coalition (SOS) note the strike action by the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers Union (BEMAWU) […]
Nov 13, 2017

MMA and SOS Official statement on the ongoing Bemawu strike action at the SABC

MMA and SOS note the intensifying strike action by Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers Union (BEMAWU) beginning 2 November 2017.  We support the right of […]
Oct 19, 2017

Remembering Black Wednesday 40 years on!

Just a short video to remind us all of the journey we’re on. For some, this journey began 40 years ago, and for others it began […]
Oct 17, 2017

SOS MMA FXI Victory: Minister’s powers to appoint SABC Executives and the removal of Non- Executive Board Members

The SOS Coalition, Media Monitoring Africa and Freedom of Expression Institute Welcome the judgement in the SOS/FXI/MMA vs SABC/Minister of Communications/Hlaudi Motsoeneng matter. SABC 1 The […]
Sep 27, 2017

The SOS Coalition calls on President Jacob Zuma to appoint the new SABC board immediately.

After a series of governance and financial crises at the SABC, the dissolution of the last board, and the subsequent appointment of the interim board in […]
Sep 1, 2017

SABC Interim Board needs to ensure that the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) delivers on its TORs

The SOS Coalition welcomes the news regarding the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) Proclamation, which has been awaiting the President’s signature for months. On the 25th of […]