Minister of Sports & Recreation, Ms Tokozile Xasa has noted with great concern that masses of our people will not be able to follow soccer, the most popular sport in our country in radio.
“Soccer is the sport mostly followed by the poor and the working class in our country, the rural mass, taxi operators and truck drivers who solely depend on radio to follow this beautiful game.” Xasa said
According to the statement issued by SABC, a decision was taken not to broadcast PSL games on radio following an unsuccessful negotiations between PSL and SABC. Both parties didn’t reach consensus with regards to the terms of the contract.
“I will be meeting with all relevant parties this coming week as this decision threatens social cohesion in our country and threatens jobs of many broadcasting sport journalists. The decisions they make in boardrooms must never affect the majority of our people negatively. I have full confidence that we will reach a decision that will satisfy majority of soccer loving people.” Xasa added.