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Local is lekker... SABC to play 90% SA music from tomorrow

As from tomorrow, 90 percent of the music played on its radio stations will be local content.

SABC headquarters in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has confirmed it's implementing the "radical" decision to prioritise local music on all of its radio stations, in a bid to prioritise more local content.

As from tomorrow, 90 percent of the music played on its radio stations will be local content.

The SABC says the decision was taken after extensive engagements with music representatives, as it moves to ensure the broadcaster reflects the various styles of local music.

Spokesperson Kaiser Kganyago says, "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."

In a statement released, says it will engage radio audiences to evaluate whether they are pleased with the changes.

This recent move is in line with the SABC's bid to ensure that it prioritise local content that represents the diversity of South African cultures.

The broadcaster says it will use local music as fillers on television, and as from 1 July, the SABC will also increase the local content offering.