Media release

Government congratulates SABC on decision to play 90% local music

12 May 2016

12 May 2016

Government wishes to congratulate the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) regarding its decision to play 90% local music across its 18 radio stations going forward.

The decision is part of the public broadcaster’s bid to prioritise home-grown content. It is an effort to ensure that local content reflecting the diversity of South African cultures is prioritised.The decision will also ensure that the SABC fully reflects the various styles of local music on offer. The music to be played will be across all genres. In addition the SABC will play more music from legends in the industry as well as up and coming artists.

Acting Director-General of GCIS, Donald Liphoko said: “As a government we are extremely proud of the decision by the SABC as this is proof of the broadcaster’s efforts to build social cohesion. The decision is in line with government’s broadcasting policy which encourages the safeguarding, enrichment and strengthening of the cultural and social fabric of South Africa, it contributes towards the preservation of country’s beautiful and diverse cultures and will celebrate the proud legacy of artists from different genres.” said Liphoko.

Government encourages all citizens to play and buy local music as this makes a significant contribution to the economy of our country.


Donald Liphoko (Acting Director General of GCIS)
Cell: 082 901 0766

Issued by Government Communication and Information System

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