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SABC to broadcast all Springbok games after agreement

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Springbok fans who can’t afford to pay the Multichoice fees to get Supersport can celebrate after the SABC and Multichoice concluded an agreement in principle to broadcast all the Springbok games for the Rugby World Cup, which kicks off on Friday.


A total of 16 games will be broadcasted on the SABC channels.


This agreement will unfortunately exclude OVHD (eMedia) platform. The SABC says this is due to the restrictive conditions that MultiChoice is placing on the sub-licensing agreement for the Free-to-Air rights for the RWC 2023.


This condition cuts off approximately 3.2million South African households.


The SABC says it regrets this irrational decision by MultiChoice, especially in light of Minister Zizi Kodwa’s emphasis that “rugby plays a critical role in nation building and social cohesion”.



Minister Kodwa said, “I welcome this groundbreaking agreement which will allow all South Africans to watch the world champions, the Springboks, as they defend their Rugby World Cup title.”


“Rugby has the potential to unite our people, to foster social cohesion and national unity. We have seen this in the times the Springboks have won the Rugby World Cup,” says Minister Kodwa.


The SABC has expressed the hope that MultiChoice will remove this restrictive condition to enable all South Africans to get behind the Boks.


The Springboks’ Rugby World Cup campaign kicks off on Sunday afternoon as they face Scotland.


Messages of support has been streaming in for the Boks, who will look to defend their World Cup title.



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Liesl Smit
Liesl Smit
Liesl is the Smile 90.4FM News Manager. She has been at Smile since 2016, with nearly 20 years experience in the radio industry, including reading news, field reporting and producing. In 2008 she won the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Award, Western Cape region. liesl@smile904.fm

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