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ANC commends SABC on 90% local music quota

The ANC says this decision will go a long way in empowering local artists.

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JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has commended the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) for its support, after its radical decision to implement a 90 percent quota for local music to be played on all of its 18 radio stations.

The ruling party has called the move 'ground breaking' and says its follows extensive engagement with music representatives.

The ANC says this decision will go a long way in empowering South African artists and promoting African culture.

Acting spokesperson Khusela Sangoni says, "The decision that 90 percent of the music played on SABC radio stations will be local music will go a long way to empowering South African artists and promoting African culture, locally, and throughout the world."



Earlier today, the broadcaster announced that the move to implement the decision came after extensive engagement with representatives from the local music industry.

The SABC says the move will help the broadcaster assess audience reaction before a definite decision is made.

Spokesperson Kaiser Kganyago earlier said, "For the next three months, 90 percent of the music on our platform will be local music while we assess the reception of the public and how we are going to move forward in terms of the final percentage."

The broadcaster will implement the quota from Wednesday, 12 May 2016 and plans to increase the local content offering on television by 1 July 2016.

Additional reporting by Neo Koza