The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) was required in terms of the Broadcasting Amendment Act to apply for amendments to its licences that were necessary to reflect the reorganisation of its services into public broadcasting and public commercial broadcasting services.
This was an opportunity for proper licence conditions to be developed for the SABC, and especially for the public service. The absence of proper licence conditions has meant that the Corporation can cut corners in delivering on its public service mandate. However the SABC has made a very legal argument in return saying that detailed licence conditions are not required in terms of the Act, how it delivers its mandate should be left to the discretion of its Board, and the setting of detailed licence conditions could violate the SABC's independence.
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