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Tshepo Free State I do not think it is for the SABC to tell us what we must lis­ten to. To force lo­cal mu­sic on us will not make us love it. Mary Gaut­eng I was so an­gered by the de­ci­sion to im­pose 90% lo­cal mu­sic con­tent on SABC ra­dio sta­tions that I no longer lis­ten to the pub­lic broad­caster’s sta­tions and refuse to watch its TV chan­nels. Why not 20% at most?

I was an avid lis­tener of Tho­bela FM and Motswed­ing FM. I am no longer.

The rul­ing made me search for a new ra­dio home. I dis­cov­ered that there is much bet­ter in­for­ma­tion and en­ter­tain­ment on in­de­pen­dent ra­dio sta­tions. I now am lis­ten­ing un­til 3am daily.

I will now bud­get for two or three in­ter­na­tional mu­sic CDs a month. Re­search based on what we, the lis­ten­ers, want – not what the artists want – should have been con­ducted be­fore this de­ci­sion was made. Mimi North­ern Cape Our lo­cal artists are hyp­ocrites. They ex­pect us to em­brace their mu­sic when they them­selves only feel ful­filled when their mu­sic gets ac­knowl­edged abroad and they re­ceive in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion. Was there any re­search done as to who lis­tens to th­ese pro­grammes? For ex­am­ple, Metro FM’s 3pm Sun­day slot, The Ro­man­tic Reper­toire, at­tracts lis­ten­ers in their mid-for­ties and caters for their needs. Should they sud­denly change their ac­quired mu­sic tastes and em­brace gen­res like R&B? Palesa Pre­to­ria The in­ten­tion is good, but the quota is as ridicu­lous as Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng him­self. Nti­mane Mpumalanga For me, it’s good­bye to SABC ra­dio and hello to Kaya FM on DStv au­dio and CDs when I am driv­ing. It dis­turbs me to lis­ten to what is be­ing played on Ra­dio 2000 at present. SABC chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng is clue­less and stub­born. M Sadan Gaut­eng I will no longer lis­ten to Metro FM on a Sun­day. Mpumi Gaut­eng How about start­ing up a ra­dio sta­tion for 100% South African mu­sic? This 90% is tak­ing us back to apartheid. Did Mot­soe­neng in­clude the lis­ten­ers dur­ing what he calls “con­sul­ta­tion”? I have lis­tened to Metro FM since its in­cep­tion, be­cause of its R&B mu­sic con­tent. Most sta­tions will lose lis­ten­ers; I am one of them. You can­not choose for me what to lis­ten to. Be open-minded and ac­cept that each per­son is unique, with in­di­vid­ual pref­er­ences. Do not ex­pect me to con­form to your tastes. Jabu Gaut­eng The 90% rul­ing is go­ing to back­fire. There will be a drop in lis­ten­er­ship, es­pe­cially for Metro FM on Sun­days. I do not think that Mot­soe­neng took the lis­ten­ers’ views and feel­ings into con­sid­er­a­tion. Mike Mpumalanga Mot­soe­neng is 120% cor­rect. South Africans suf­fer from self-ha­tred, which leads to us ig­nor­ing home­grown tal­ent. Next, the SABC boss must ban fake Amer­i­can ex­pres­sions used by artists ac­cept­ing their stat­uettes at the SA Mu­sic Awards. It is an­noy­ing when they do that. Let them be orig­i­nal and speak like South Africans, as­se­blief. Francina Gaut­eng It is an ex­cel­lent move. We must nur­ture our own tal­ent and pro­mote their mu­sic. Our chil­dren are copy­ing over­seas styles in­stead of learn­ing or adopt­ing our own. And bring fewer artists from abroad to Mzansi.

Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng

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