Come to think of it, the communications minister has a point

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Come to think of it, the communications minister has a point

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Executive editor: opinions and analysis

The SABC is a broadcaster that is very hard to like. It is an antiquated behemoth broadcasting via an analogue signal, beaming programmes so dreary they make watching paint dry exciting.

Because it is a state entity, the SABC also suffers from the same illness as the rest of the inefficient bureaucracy — it is overstaffed and burdened with a monstrous wage bill that drains its coffers. The state intervened with a R3.2bn bailout last year to keep it from sinking.

No surprises then that a proposal by the SABC to allow regulation that expands the definition of TV licences to include streaming services such as Netflix has been met with such derision...

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