SABC ready for Mangaung conference

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SABC radio, television and online platforms are pulling out all the stops to ensure immediate and accurate coverage of the African National Congress’s Mangaung conference. About 200 staff including technicians, journalists, producers and cameramen have been deployed. SABC Head of Special Broadcasts, Simon Tebele says: “Morning Live will extend to 9 am and after that the business bulletin that starts at 10 am. It will go up until 2 pm and then in the evening our normal bulletins will go on to fit in what is going in Mangaung. Then we will have an extended or special bulletin that will come on SABC 2. It is going to be from 10 pm to 11 pm. It will be a summary of what has been happening the whole day.”

With just two days before the conference in Mangaung, theANC was putting the finishing touches to its venue at the University of the Free State. There was a strong police presence on the campus in Bloemfontein today. Reporters were taken on a tour of the conference venue. Scaffolding draped with pictures of former and present ANC presidents frames the entrance to the main marquee, which can accommodate more than 6000 delegates. Free State MEC for Police, Roads and Transport, Butana Komphela says: “We have a contingency of more than seven hundred police, tactically and otherwise and the intelligence that are walking around Bloemfontein to make Bloemfontein a safer place.’

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