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Posted: 13 September 2011 Time: 10:05 can confirm that the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) management are currently in Paris, France, to meet the broadcast company SportFive.

South Africans were deprived the opportunity to watch Bafana Bafana’s all-important 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier clash against Niger, with the TV blackout being caused by SportFive’s demand of R5-million from the SABC, of which the public broadcaster insisted was “unreasonable and unsustainable”.

According to SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago, the two parties are meeting to end the saga with SABC’s top brass, led by group chief executive Phil Molefe, having now arrived in Paris to meet SportFive.

“I can confirm that our guys are in Paris as we speak. You remember last week our CEO saying in parliament that he will lead a delegation to SportFive and they are there now. They are still negotiating and I’m told the negotiations are going well. I spoke to them this morning,” he says.

SportFive, a company that holds exclusive marketing and media rights as an agent of CAF from 2009 to 2016, has apparently been demanding in the region of R1.4-million from the rest of Africa, but the SABC set a precedent in their negotiations with SportFive by paying R5-million to show the Egypt vs South Africa match back in June.

Matters then came to a head when the SABC put their foot down with regards to the Niger match and though the two parties reached a last-minute agreement, it was too late to supply the feed via Paris to South Africa, leaving the locals reeling.

But it has now come to light that the SABC are set to conclude a five-year deal with SportFive, to broadcast Africa Cup of Nations matches, including the qualifiers.

Kganyago has, however, dismissed out of hand comments already made that it is a five-year deal.

“There are many things that they are dealing with, so it will be too simplistic to say it is a five-year deal. Five-year deal of what?

“There are issues of the qualifiers and the actual tournament so there are many things. Therefore, once everything has been concluded we will communicate to the public to break it down,” he says.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:27 am
SABC, for once in a while, you can do something good for the public. These are welcoming news indeed to us as we've been deprived so many opportunities to watch our beloved Bafana Bafana when playing across Africa.

I just hope CAF won't interfere with the negotiations process cause it's a well know fact that they don't like us here in Mzantsi.
posted: 10:29 am
caf sé moer y give a french company xclusive rights Issa z undermining Africa. his monopoly of power must end....caf nids new leadership
posted: 10:34 am
The Europeans will never take us serious as long as we africans are not taking ourselves serious. Can you tell me the reason why CAF decided to give a EUROPEAN company the rights for OUR MATCHES. Why they didnt meet with the countries involved (AFRICA) to try and find an African solution. we don't need to always run to Europe and America everytime we have a problem. Or maybe some people are not aware that we are a free and independent continent. SAFA should be addressing CAF first otherwise this will continue.
Dooba (Glory Reclaimed)
posted: 10:35 am
"SABC are set to conclude a five-year deal with SportFive, to broadcast Africa Cup of Nations matches, including the qualifiers"-

There is a thin line between (1) kissing a French butt, (2) saving costs, (3) protecting your as_ss and (4) serving the public. At this point, the statement above favours points 1 and 3. Now consider the logic: If the SABC was saving costs, it wouldn't be kissing a French butt; if the SABC was serving the public, it is definately not saving costs; if the SABC is kissing a French butt, it is somehow saving costs; if the SABC is saving costs, it is seving the public and protecting its a_ss.

What a predicament for the Public Broadcaster!!!!
posted: 10:35 am
Tiyani, lets hope that this time there wont be any excuses. We are sick and tired of this and that. If u cant afford give it to super diski, they are reliable. Otherwise next time we are not going to pay licenses. Khosi 4 ever till Saturday 15 points unbeaten.
posted: 10:57 am
I will like to disagree with those who says Africa is free and independent continent, no not yet, maybe us as South Africans but with regard to the African french speaking contries they are still colonized by France and as long as Hatouuu is still the bozz, the French will rul African football dont be suprised when they say even AFCON will be hosted by France in 2013 because Lib cant and they have lot of jelous of Mzanzi! Its a fact
posted: 11:10 am
@WEST- I'm with U 100% Bro!!!
posted: 11:41 am
we are tired of this Sport 5 taking us for a ride ,i wonder why Caf gave them these rights at all ,these French people think it still those days of Colonialism where they could do anything to the African people
posted: 12:11 pm
We are not going anywhere with current corrupt and incompetent CAF administration. My question is why were this rights given to a European company? CAF is just a joke, I would personally not mind if SA didn't qualify for the Nations Cup. Africa has capable leaders but unfortunately we always have A***holes running our organisations. The SABC doesn't have much of a choice here.
posted: 12:25 pm
Lyk I said b4 SA shud take control of CAF nicely or by force n bring its headquaters back here than everything wil go fyn.

Khoza, Motaung m sho if dey can flex deya muscles with de help of Sepp Blatter dat can be achieved.
posted: 01:24 pm
Hi capatriot! CAF management respect u'r fellow African people and stop depending on European countries plz. second all de speakers CAF people r jealous of South Africa.
posted: 01:46 pm
Tiyani u did not get the Full Memorandum... The SABC had paid Sport 5 for Services rendered and Now Sport 5 doesnt want to refund the R1.2M paid to Sport 5. SABC chose not to Broadcast the Delayed Match after the Feed was received late! in essence, Sport 5 did Deliver on the Promise!
posted: 02:47 pm
I just wish that Sabc will use this oppurtunity to market their facilities to Sport5 whereby they will televise the games in Africa on behalf of sport5.This will be a big contract for Sabc.
posted: 05:06 pm
We were insulted for blaming SABC for lack of planning.Should'nt they have done this earlier? Tzozo is on record calling everyone who differed with his views, a moron. Tiyani wrote a decitation on why the SABC could not be blamed.

It may be a lttle too late for Bafana as our fate now lies in the hands of Egypts U23.Even if we beat the Leone stars 10-0, Niger still have to draw or loose. I am of the opinion that if we had watched the game, a lot of questionable calls were not to be made.

Let me also take this opportunity to congratulate Tiyane for being a finalist in the last journo standing. You came very close my man, it was either you or Nkareng. It's impressive that you beat a hoarde of journalists to the final, better luck next time. It's good to know that kickoff bloggers interact with knowledgeable journos like you..

Downs 'till my soul touches the sky!
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