South Africa, country in crisis will NOT survive with a crippled public broadcaster: Former GCEO

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In an open letter to SABC top management, former GCEO of the public broadcaster Wynand Harmse expressed his views on the importance of the organisation in South Africa.

Harmse, who was at the helm of the SABC from 1998 to 1994, says, “South Africa needs a strong SABC as our public broadcaster. One cannot over-accentuate this statement.”

Harmse adds that SABC’s current funding model is not sustainable, “But whatever good is expected of the SABC, its funding structure no longer supports the vision. Dependence on advertising to the tune of 85% is unique and a definite hurdle in the production of quality PBS-programming.”

The SABC is currently undergoing a restructuring process that could see up to 400 permanent staff members laid off.

Harmse’s full letter below: