THE South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has come out to address rumours that there were stations that would stop carrying news bulletins due to the looming retrenchments.

The rumours said SABC management is closing down its radio services.

Acting spokesperson Mmoni Seapolelo said they would like to put it on record that these reports are not true.

“The SABC is fully cognisant that millions of South African citizens rely on SABC radio as the most accessed communication medium. Therefore, it is disingenuous to report such misinformation. It must be noted that on the contrary, the radio stations’ proposed structures are promoting and supporting the current needs of audiences such as digital transformation.

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“The public service broadcaster takes its mandate which is to inform, educate and entertain in all official languages very seriously, and will continue to deliver on this mandate through its radio, television and digital platforms.” said Seapolelo.

She said the SABC has growth strategies in place aimed at ensuring that its radio stations remain the leading source of information, education and entertainment for the millions of South Africans it has been mandated to serve.

“SABC management would like to apologise for the miscommunication regarding this matter and urges the public to only trust official communication from the SABC.

“Management would also like to take this opportunity to thank SABC employees who have kept the platforms on air throughout this process.” said Seapolelo.