SABC EDUCATION CELEBRATES 25 YEARS

Johannesburg, 1 October 2021 – The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)’s Education Genre celebrates 25 years this year.

Since its formation in 1996, SABC Education has been instrumental in educating the nation through its programming.

The SABC as the only public broadcaster in South Africa has a responsibility to entertain, inform and educate all South Africans.

SABC Education continues to fulfill its mandate to educate. The past 25 years has seen the SABC carry out content such as Khululeka Siyavota, the flagship democracy programme, designed to address issues related to voter education, the secrecy of a vote, and the emotional readiness of voting in preparation for South African elections in 2009.

SABC Education has also played a role in discovering and giving a platform to young presenters through some of its programmes including SABC1’s youthful shows Take 5 and YoTV, SABC2’s School TV and Hectic Nine-9, and Hectic on 3 currently flighting on S3.  

In keeping young people off the streets, programming like Skeem Saam which has been nominated for the South African Film and Television and the Royalty Soapie Awards and celebrate 10 years this year, iSpani, Daily Thetha, Teenagers on a Mission and Cave Quest has been commissioned.

SABC Education in partnership with the Department of Basic Education has launched an initiative that encourages all the Grade 12 learners to register on the SABC’s matric results service in order to easily access their final examination results by using their 13 digits ID number and examination number to register on the platform of their choice to access their results.

Danie Swart, Genre Manager SABC Education says: “I remember the years as far back as 1996, when we were given the opportunity to start a new Education Department within the SABC, responsible for uplifting, educating, entertaining and empowering South African citizens to become part of a new era and a new democracy. We knew it was going to be an upright battle to assist in transforming education in this country. That was quite a significant responsibility we had to carry on our shoulders. Through research and development, we saw the likes of Yizo Yizo, Cha Cha, Takalani Sesame, Intersexions, Geleza Nathi, Skeem Saam, Shift, Daily Thetha, Living Land and many more groundbreaking television series to reach out to all South Africans and assist in delivering and creating an impact in people’s lives.

We had many successes through our existence and received many local and international accolades that we are very proud of. That’s why we are still challenging South African citizens after 25 years to dream big and beyond their boundaries, because anything is possible”.

In celebrating the 25-year milestone this year SABC Education will run a campaign called Dream Beyond Your Boundaries, inviting the viewers to be part of our 25-year journey, answer the questions correctly and stand a chance to win prizes by entering a competition through our social media platforms, Twitter @SABCEducation and Facebook SABC Education

For media enquiries:

Caroline Phalakatshela

Publicity Specialist – Video Entertainment

072 382 2032/ phalakatshelamc@sabc.co.za

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