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PSL
‘SABC, PSL saga should be resolved’
20 August 2019, 9:00 PM

It’s in the best interest of all the stakeholders involved to find a solution in the Premier Soccer League’s (PSL) broadcast rights saga and resolve it; that’s the sentiment expressed by a leading market research company. There’s a current blackout of ABSA Premiership and MTN 8 matches on the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) platforms.

Managing Director of leading Marketing research company Nielsen, Kelvin Watt adds that sponsors will not pull the plug on the PSL because they understand the SABC’s current financial situation.

The SABC could not reach an agreement with Supersport on a sub-licence contract at the start of the current football season. Those who are most affected are the millions of South Africans who have been left with no access to live matches on the public broadcaster’s television and radio platforms.

However, they are not the only ones on the receiving end. The SABC has a bigger audience than Supersport with sponsors losing out on exposure.

Although it’s relatively early days in the new season, it’s far from ideal for the PSL and its sponsors.

Currently, ABSA who are the title sponsors of the league, and MTN with the MTN 8 underway, are directly affected.

“If we can get past the first quarter of the season that starts to become serious; obviously from an MTN perspective it’s a little bit pressing than most because they have two more weekends of the MTN 8 left. The ABSA premiership is going to be played until the end of May. Nedbank Cup, Telkom Cup those sorts of things are still coming well into the season.  I think certainly my view it’s an interest of all the parties to have resolved the matter long before it becomes an issue specifically for those competitions; right now for the MTN 8 it’s obviously a bit of a concern,” says Watt.

The SABC is also set to lose out, not only commercially, but on greater content and audiences. The sponsors, on the other hand, could optimise on other platforms to reach the fans.

“From a sponsorship perspective television exposure is not the only important return on investment for sponsors, so far a lot of that has been in the game.  The benefit of sponsoring football in South Africa and anywhere else in the world is greater than television: social and digital channels have grown enormously in the past number of years, so they still have those accesses to fans available to them,” says Watt.

While the standoff continues football-loving fans bear the brunt.

Watt feels it’s a matter that can be resolved between the stakeholders. Despite the SABC providing a far bigger footprint, other free-to-air channels could decide to jump into the market.

“Personally, I feel it’s opening up an incredible opportunity to someone like etv, its open view platforms to potentially get involved in football. From a SABC perspective, I think that’s one thing that’s got a concern because there is another free-to-air operator out there,” says Watt.

Meanwhile, the Sports Ministry is reported to have had meetings with both the PSL and the SABC, but they have not resolved anything yet.

Oom Jan STeenberg
Elderly Jan Steenberg hopes government could keep their promises
20 August 2019, 3:36 PM

Elderly Oom Jan Steenberg who is 114-years old and from Colchester wishes government would keep its promises. In his life-time he has seen different government administrations come and go, making promises which are never kept. He’d been a grave yard keeper in Uitenhage for many years before working on a farm. Aside from his pension and a house, he feels he hasn’t benefitted from the government.

Jan Steenberg says he would love the country to be at peace.

“I want peace in our country.  We must live in peace with one another.  Don’t gossip or bad mouth people rather say good things.  Don’t judge it is a sin,” says Jan Steenberg.

The government did assist Jan Steenberg by handing out food and blankets. The government has now promised to fix houses but he is not satisfied that they will keep their promises.

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South African Reserve Bank
SA Reserve Bank business cycle indicator falls by 0.4%
20 August 2019, 12:35 PM

The South African Reserve Bank’s composite leading business cycle indicator fell by 0.4% month-on-month in June. The largest negative contributions to the movement in the composite leading business cycle indicator in June came from a deceleration in job advertisement space and a decline in the number of residential building plans approved.

Leading indicators provide investors with some sense on the direction of economic growth in the near-term. Economists Jeff Schutz says the latest leading business indicators doesn’t bode well for economic growth.

“The performance of the leading in climbing indicator has been very disappointing over the last couple of months and I think indicative of still very weak levels of domestic confidence and economic activity stemming from policy coherent. So unfortunately the outlook for GDP growth for this year and next year is certainly not looking good,” explains Schutz.

Chris Brown
Battery case against Chris Brown dropped
20 August 2019, 11:10 AM

A battery case against Chris Brown linked to a fight at a nightclub in Florida in the United States has been dropped. The singer was accused of punching a photographer, but officials have determined that there is “insufficient evidence to prosecute”.

He was performing at the club last year when he reportedly lost his cool with the photographer after asking him to stop taking photos of him and his entourage.

Marcell Coetzee
Boks trim squad ahead of RWC team announcement
20 August 2019, 11:06 AM

Lizo Gqoboka, Marvin Orie, Thomas du Toit and André Esterhuizen have been released from the Springbok training squad back to their provinces and will be available for Currie Cup selection this weekend.

The four are members of the Springbok training squad of 36 players who gathered in Bloemfontein on Sunday for the start of a four-day Rugby World Cup camp. They will join their provinces on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Springbok management has confirmed that Marcell Coetzee will undergo ankle surgery on Wednesday. The Ulster loose forward hurt his ankle and also suffered a blow to the head in the first half of the Springboks’ 24-18 victory over Argentina in Pretoria.

He will be out of action for up to 12 weeks, which means he is also ruled out of contention for selection for the Springboks’ RWC squad.

The Springbok RWC squad announcement takes place next Monday at 15:00 in Johannesburg.

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