Johannesburg, Tuesday, 12 July 2011 –The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) Acting GCEO Mr. Phil Molefe met with the Independent Producers today. In the fruitful meeting, the two parties agreed to work together on improving communication that will strengthen both the sector and the Public Broadcaster.
The Acting GCEO informed the IPO that the Request for Proposal Book will be tabled at the Group Executive meeting of Thursday 14 July 2011. The meeting also agreed to map a way forward with regards to local content and terms of trade.
Addressing the meeting, Mr. Molefe said “I welcome this opportunity to meet with key stakeholders – independent producers tell the South African story and I am committed to meeting monthly with the IPO”. The IPO’s co-chairperson Ms. Desiree Markgraff said the meeting was positive “We are committed to building a partnership with the SABC as regards local content and developing a sustainable production sector that provides stable employment for thousands of people”.
Mr. Molefe comes from a background of content creation and understands the importance and challenges of storytellers and content creators. “We look forward to building a meaningful and open relationship” concluded Mr. Molefe.
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