The SABC set up its Outside Broadcast vans at the Election Results Operations Centre in Pretoria more than a week before the final results were announced. Dozens of staff spent hundreds of hours attending to all the complex technical requirements for the event: cables had to be laid, connections made, cameras, mics and studios set up and tests carried out for the week-long broadcast.
Khutso Matlala was the overall technical director for the SABC’s outside broadcast operations for the Elections. In this video, he takes us behind the scenes into the vans to explain what is required on a technical level to make a broadcast of this magnitude possible. The SABC was the host broadcaster at the Results Operations Centre, making its feeds available worldwide.