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SABC averts blackout, gets Sentech reprieve

The cash-strapped SABC has escaped a blackout of its television and radio services after reaching a payment agreement with signal distributor Sentech.

The public broadcaster allegedly owes Sentech R136-million.

Sentech is responsible for distributing signal from SABC TV and radio stations to consumers across the country.

If signal is cut, viewers and listeners would not be able to access SABC television and radio an.

But a new payment arrangement, reached in May, will ensure the SABC continue to enjoy using Sentech’s services despite failing to pay the monthly R62-million due to Sentech .

A highly placed source said the SABC only managed to pay R32-million in April, R18-million in May and nothing this month.

SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago confirmed this week that the two parastatals entered into agreement in May for Sentech to continue providing service to the SABC until the public broadcaster received its bailout from Treasury.