South Africa: SABC Has Left Us in Dire Straits, Say Production Houses

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Jocelyn Newmarch - 8 June 2009 - Johannesburg - THE SABC's financial woes have grabbed headlines but the plight of independent companies that rely financially on the broadcaster has received less attention.

Charl Blignaut, of Mojo Movie Factory, which produces the programmes Tshisa, Moferefere Lenyalong, and Mtunzini.com, said his firm had waited for final payment from the SABC for a year. "After eight months, they came up with a dodgy claim that we owed R40000 in breakages and had us resubmit the invoice.

"We have it on record that those producers whose programmes have been delivered are at the bottom of the pile when it comes to payment," Blignaut said.

"Our doors are closing, our houses are on the market, our children are being pulled out of varsity and actors are starving. "