SABC puts screws on ex-Metro host

‘Big Break Legacy’ boss faces los­ing his prized as­sets

Sowetan - - News - By Loy­iso Sidimba

Former Metro FM talk show host Ezra Nd­wandwe must pay the SABC over R4.5-mil­lion or risk los­ing his prized as­sets for fail­ing to meet the terms of an agree­ment to broad­cast his tele­vi­sion show.

The SABC gave one of Nd­wandwe’s com­pa­nies, Dual Point Me­dia, a re­volv­ing credit fa­cil­ity of R2.8-mil­lion a month to “buy ad­ver­tis­ing air­time to broad­cast its pro­gramme The Big Break Legacy on SABC chan­nels” in 2013.

Nd­wandwe, manag­ing direc­tor of Dual Point Me­dia, al­legedly failed to pay the SABC amounts rang­ing from R700 000 to R1.4-mil­lion for four months in 2013.

The SABC then ap­proached the South Gaut­eng High Court in Jo­han­nes­burg for a de­fault judg­ment. On Au­gust 30, the high court is­sued a writ­ten or­der for the Sher­iff to at­tach Nd­wandwe and Dual Point Me­dia’s as­sets to re­cover the mil­lions in un­paid debt.

“In breach of their obli­ga­tions …, [Dual Point Me­dia and Nd­wandwe] have failed, al­ter­na­tively re­fused, fur­ther al­ter­na­tively ne­glected to ef­fect pay­ment of the sum of R4.52mil­lion,” the SABC said.

The public broad­caster said it per­formed its obli­ga­tions in terms of the agree­ment by ad­vanc­ing the re­volv­ing credit and broad­cast­ing his pro­gramme and in­voiced his com­pany for the monthly value of the credit.

The SABC said it was en­ti­tled to can the pro­gramme or ad­ver­tise­ments should any amount in terms of the credit fa­cil­ity agree­ment re­main un­paid. Spokesman Kaizer Kganyago re­ferred Sowe­tan’s in­quiry to the public broad­caster’s le­gal de­part­ment, which had not re­sponded at the time of go­ing to press.

Yes­ter­day, Nd­wandwe con­firmed there was a de­mand by the SABC for un­paid air­time bought on be­half of The Big Break Legacy “placed on air by The Agency which has now been liq­ui­dated and there­fore the de­mand falls on us”.

“We are work­ing to find ways to re­solve it,” he said.

VATHISWA RUSELO /

Ezra Nd­wandwe at the launch of the SABC2 re­al­ity show ’Big Break Legacy’.

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