IPO statement on the state of the SABC Finances

IPO statement on the state of the SABC Finances

31 March 2017: The Independent Producers’ Organisation, which represents 100 producers in South Africa is alarmed to hear that many production companies have not been paid this month. These payments are generally for work that has already been delivered or is in the process of being made. These payments go towards paying suppliers including actors, directors, technical crew, caterers, equipment suppliers, car hire companies and fuel. These are the people who work twelve-hour days to bring some of the country’s favourite programmes to life.

The failure of the SABC to pay not only places the industry in crisis but also puts thousands of livelihoods, bond and loan repayments, school fees and living expenses at risk.  The impact on the many thousands of lives is dire.

We call on the SABC to urgently convene a meeting of independent producers to explain to them when and how this failure to meet their contractual obligations will be rectified.

In addition the IPO urges the Minister of Communications Ms. Ayanda Dlodlo to convene a meeting with the new interim board as a matter of urgency to address pertinent issues at the SABC, issues that affect the daily running of producers’ businesses. Currently the general industry, including actors and crew is negatively affected, and an amicable decision on how the producers’ concerns are going to be resolved will be highly appreciated.

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On Behalf of the Independent Producers Organisation

Naomi Mokhele

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