The SABC has released a statement addressing the rumours that it is set to close down one of its flagship isiNdebele radio stations, Ikwekwezi FM.
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) released a statement on Thursday, 14 January 2021, to address the unfounded claims on the future of Ikwekwezi FM. Ikwekwezi FM is one of the public broadcaster’s flagship isiNdebele radio stations. However, there have been suggestions that the radio station is set to close down due to low ratings, especially with the recent confirmation of the SABC’s plans to forge ahead with the retrenchment process.
According to the statement, “The SABC would like to reiterate that there is no truth in these allegations. The public broadcaster is fully cognisant of the 1.055 million South Africans who rely on Ikwekwezi FM as their primary and most accessible source of public service content. The radio station’s proposed structure is promoting and supporting the current needs of its listeners, such as digital accessibility.”
In conclusion, the statement added, , “The SABC is committed to its public mandate of informing, educating and entertaining citizens in all official languages. The Corporation has growth strategies in place aimed at ensuring that Ikwekwezi FM and all SABC radio stations remain the leading source of public service content.”
See the post below.
SABC NOT CLOSING IKWEKWEZI FM |
The SABC has noted with concern the media reports claiming that the SABC management is closing down its IsiNdebele Language Station, Ikwekwezi FM.
— SABC (@SABCPortal) January 13, 2021