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BITESmedia by the mouthful WHO ARE YOU? P 6 Highlights from the 2018 comunications department’s budget Minister of communications, Nomvula Mokonyane, presented the department’s budget in Parliament in May. These are some of the highlights: Broadcasting Digital Migration: Cabinet has approved an additional allocation of R91.7 million for travel, accommodation, advertising and catering for project management, awareness campaigns, media engagements, technology and engineering support, and performance monitoring and evaluation. SABC: An estimated R7.9 billion has been allocated over the medium term for local content delivery: television programmes. The SABC plans to spend a further R1.8 billion on sports programmes to broadcast all sporting codes of national interest, and buy film and sports rights for the 2019 rugby and cricket world cups. An estimated R412 million will be spent on educational programmes on all channels. The corporation expects to generate 97.2% of its revenue from licence fees, commercial revenue from advertising, and sports sponsorship across television, radio and online platforms. Revenue is expected to increase from R7.6 billion in 2017/18 to R8.5 billion in 2020/21. Brand South Africa: The body wants to make better use of insights from research indexes such as the doing business index, global competitive index research, and the transparency international corruption perceptions index. As a result, research expenditure is expected to increase from R10 million in 2017/18 to R12 million in 2020/21. The budget for Play Your Part is expected to increase from R10 million in 2017/18 to R15 million in 2020/21, mainly due to an increase in the production costs for the Play Your Part television series, and activation costs and marketing activities such as advertisements. MDDA: The agency will receive a projected R133 million to strengthen the promotion of indigenous languages and to secure funding for new and existing community projects to enhance their sustainability. It is also supporting content generation initiatives by community media and providing governance training for an estimated 120 community projects. A budget of R7.4 million has been set aside for this. • GOVT REA CHING OUT TO COMMUNITY MEDIA Deputy communications minister, Pinky Kekana, visited Cape Town TV as part of a community media outreach programme initiated by the department of communications. The department is on a drive to build better relationships with the community media sector after Sentech recently suspended 15 radio stations for failure to pay for their distribution signals, and threatened to do the same to community TV broadcasters. Government met with Sentech, the National Community Radio Forum, the MDDA, and Icasa to reconnect the stations. Sentech is trying to claim R33million in outstanding fees. Kekana said community media wanted to do the right thing, but faced challenges in accessing opportunities, as well as bureaucratic red tape, such as the Central Supply Database, which demands three quotes for events. “It’s one community station, one locality. How do you get other quotations,” the deputy minister asked while visiting CTV. She described Cape Town TV as an “ideal” community TV station. It has news teams on the ground going into communities where issues are raised. “They are solutions based and preventative,” said Kekana. “They listen to the issues, then bring them to government to say ‘this is what’s happening’.” This gives government a chance to address the issue before confrontation arises, said Kekana. “These are the kinds of things we want to hear,” she said. Community broadcast media should be a platform for communities to give and receive access to information, she added. • Communications minister Nomvula Mokonyane Pinky Kekana in the CTV studio Five funky facts about SA and Netflix The first truly South African content went live on Netflix in May. Catching Feelings, starring Kagiso Lediga and Pearl Thusi, is a dark romantic comedy about how a young urban couple’s life is upended when an older, celebrated writer moves in with them. But there are some other local connections on the streaming platform. 1. Girlboss was produced by Charlize Theron. 2. Troy: Fall of a City, was filmed in Cape Town and stars South African actor, Hakeem Kae-Kazim as Zeus. 3. Local actress Sibongile Mlambo plays Angela, the grieving wife of a man killed by the robot, in Lost in Space. 4. Two episodes of Black Mirror, the terrifying techno-paranoia anthology, were filmed in Cape Town: episode 1 (Nosedive) and Episode 4 (San Junipero) of season 3. 5. Many scenes of the stunning series The Crown were filmed in South Africa including in Hermanus, Cape Agulhas, the Castle of Good Hope, and the Cape Town City Hall. • The Media | wagthedog.co.za P 5


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