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Pressure Mounts on SABC to Resolve Rugby World Cup Broadcast Rights Dispute



Rugby World Cup broadcast rights matter

Zizi Kodwa has intervened in the Rugby World Cup broadcast rights matter. He has urged the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and SuperSport to agree. According to SANews, this agreement would allow the SABC to sub-license the broadcast rights for the highly anticipated tournament.

Minister Kodwa expressed concerns about ensuring millions of South Africans can watch the Rugby World Cup. He emphasised his commitment to providing access to various sports, stating that this event should be no exception.

The issue started when SuperSport announced that it had been unable to agree with the SABC regarding the broadcast rights for the Rugby World Cup. This announcement raised concerns for many South African viewers who would miss one of the most significant sporting events globally.

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The 2023 Rugby World Cup will take place in France. It holds particular significance for South Africa. The Springboks won it three times. The World Cup fixtures will run from Friday, 8 September to Saturday, 28 October.


Minister Kodwa’s call to action stresses that sports, particularly rugby, play a critical role in nation-building and social cohesion in South Africa. He hoped that the SABC and SuperSport could swiftly reach an agreement. This agreement would allow the public broadcaster to fulfil its mandate of covering sports events of national interest.

The urgency to resolve this matter aims to ensure that South Africans can rally behind their beloved Springboks and share in the excitement and pride of this global sporting spectacle.

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Picture: X / ThabisoMosia


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