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The African National Congress Youth League leadership held successful meetings with the interim Board of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and Athletics South Africa (ASA) President Leonard Chuene on the 30th of September 2009.
The ANC YL met with the SABC interim Board at the SABC Studios to discuss and focus on the following issues:
• SABC Music Policy
• SABC National Youth Radio Station
• Youth Programming
The ANC YL and SABC Board established and developed a principled agreement on the need to increase the quota of local music in the SABC. For Public Broadcasting Stations (PBS), the Board agreed to increase the quota of local music to 70% and further agreed to gradually to increase local music quota on all SABC Public Commercial Stations (PCS) guided by a Music Policy, which should be adopted after consultations with all relevant stakeholders.
The ANC YL and the SABC Board agreed that all Public Broadcasting stations should maximise local music airplay in both Radio and Television during the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup. This we believe will help international guests to appreciate South African culture, arts, heritage and music.
The ANC YL and SABC Board further agreed to the establishment of National Youth Radio Station, which should cover all areas in the country and strictly focus on youth issues and promotion of local youth music and programming. The ANC YL will upon this agreement engage with the Independent Communications Association of South Africa (ICASA) to ensure that a licence for a National Youth Radio Station is granted within the quickest possible time.
The meeting further agreed that Youth Educational programming should be increased in the SABC, with specific emphasis on Take 5 as a programme that should be screened on prime time television. The ANC YL specifically expressed concern with the prioritisation of shows such as Jika ma Jika over youth educational programmes, which we believe should take centre stage.
Moving forward, the ANC YL will be engaging all relevant stakeholders in Broadcasting, particularly ICASA, South African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO), departments of Communications and Arts and Culture to ensure that local music quotas are increased across all radio stations. It is high time that South Africa celebrates its music, arts, culture and heritage. This does not mean that we should ban international music, but an emphasis that South African music should always be priority.
MEETING WITH ASA PRESIDENT
In our meeting with Athletics South Africa President, we expressed our disappointment with the manner in which Athletics South Africa handled the Caster Semenya issue. It is our considered view that the President of ASA was not supposed to apologise for protecting Caster Semenya. It was within his rights to ensure that Caster Semenya participates in IAAF World Championships and that the tests conducted on her are not disclosed.
The ANC YL re-affirms its total support for Athletics South Africa (ASA) Special General Meeting to retain Leonard Chuene as its President. We believe that attempts to remove him as President for his genuine attempts to protect Caster Semenya are opportunistic and should be rejected. Leonard Chuene is the President of Athletics South Africa and all South Africans, including sponsors, should appreciate that reality. We do not believe that there is anything else he could have done to protect Caster than what he did in the World Championships.
The ANC YL believes that removing Leonard Chuene as a President will not assist Caster Semenya, ASA and the entire Athletics fraternity. Patriotic sponsors should continue to fund Athletics South Africa and ensure that the development of sports in South Africa is not disrupted by the recent happenings.