Cash-strapped SABC to make mu­si­cians wait for money

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS -

THE SABC has de­cided to de­lay pay­ing the more than R75 mil­lion it owes in roy­al­ties to mu­si­cians un­til later in the year.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Ayanda Dlodlo said some of the money owed, dat­ing back to April 2014, would be made avail­able be­tween Oc­to­ber and De­cem­ber, or as and when funds be­come avail­able.

Re­ply­ing to a ques­tion in Par­lia­ment from the DA’s Phumzile van Damme, Dlodlo said the big­gest amounts, to­talling R52.7m, were owed to the South African Mu­sic Per­for­mance Rights As­so­ci­a­tion (Sam­pra) and the In­de­pen­dent Mu­sic Per­for­mance Rights As­so­ci­a­tion (Im­pra).

The amounts date back to March 2014.

Dlodlo said that both col­lect­ing so­ci­eties have not agreed on the per­cent­age split of the amount based on the play his­tory re­ports SABC has gen­er­ated.

“A de­ci­sion was made that both so­ci­eties must sub­mit their reper­toire lists to the SABC for fi­nal ver­i­fi­ca­tion… by the end of May.

She added that R14.5 mil­lion was owed to the South­ern African Mu­sic Rights Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Samro) as at April 2017.

“This is based on March 2017 rev­enue.

“Pay­out the Samro of amount is sched­uled for the third quar­ter of the year 2017/18,” she said of the planned pay­ment be­tween Oc­to­ber and De­cem­ber later this year.

Pay­ments would be made to Sam­pra and Im­pra once the ver­i­fi­ca­tion was com­pleted and agreed upon by all par­ties, she said.

The As­so­ci­a­tion of In­de­pen­dent Record Com­pa­nies (Airco) was owed R2.8m from Oc­to­ber last year to April this year and the Record­ing In­dus­try of South Africa (Risa) R2.4m from Jan­uary to April this year.

The tele­vi­sion di­vi­sion was await­ing in­voices from Airco for the pe­riod start­ing in May this year, she said.

Re­gard­ing the Risa pay­ments, Dlodlo said R19.8m was made avail­able in De­cem­ber last year, and that the bal­ance of R2.4m would be paid be­tween Oc­to­ber and De­cem­ber this year.

She also said the amount for the Com­posers, Au­thors and Pub­lish­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of South Africa for Fe­bru­ary to April this year had been sub­mit­ted, how­ever, this pay­out was also de­pen­dent on the avail­abil­ity of funds.

The pay­ment is also sched­uled to be made later this year be­tween Oc­to­ber and De­cem­ber.

The debt on roy­al­ties to mu­si­cians takes place against the back­drop of the be­lea­guered pub­lic broad­caster be­ing caught up in dire fi­nan­cial straits.

Last month, the broad­caster sub­mit­ted a fund­ing pro­posal to Dlodlo af­ter a team from the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions De­part­ment, Na­tional Trea­sury and SABC top man­age­ment drew up a fund­ing pro­posal.

Both Dlodlo and the SABC have yet to make pub­lic the amount the pub­lic broad­caster wants to be as­sisted with.

The pro­posal was prompted by re­ports that the SABC, which in April had R110m in re­serves, recorded an op­er­at­ing loss of R509m, as at the end of March.

The pub­lic broad­caster recorded losses last year be­cause of the 90/10 lo­cal con­tent uni­lat­er­ally in­tro­duced by for­mer chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng.

The rev­enue losses in ra­dio amounted to R29m and R183m on tele­vi­sion.

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