The SABC has confirmed that Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s policy of 90% local television and radio will remain in place at the SABC.
SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago confirmed to the Cape Argus that the public broadcaster would continue its controversial policy of 90% local music on SABC-owned radios and 80% local television programs, despite Motsoeneng’s departure from the company.
Kgyanyago noted that the decision to implement a 90% local was not purely Motsoeneng’s decision and that there was no reason why the broadcaster would change its policies following the embattled COO’s departure.
“It’s personalising the initiative. Many people have left companies after being a face behind an initiative. So does that need to change when they’re gone?”
The 90% policy has been met with a mixed reception by the South African public with many praising the SABC’s initiative to promote local artists while others expect a continued lack of high-quality international content to be a death sentence for the broadcaster.
Motsoeneng currently still holds the position of group executive for corporate affairs at the SABC, despite a December High Court ruling stating that he would not be allowed to hold any position at the embattled state broadcaster.