PSL should cater even for the poor

SABC boss Dali Mpofu once said that the reason they were fighting for the rights to broadcast PSL games was because most South Africans cannot afford Dstv in their homes.

SABC boss Dali Mpofu once said that the reason they were fighting for the rights to broadcast PSL games was because most South Africans cannot afford Dstv in their homes.

I think he made this statement because he realised that even though the standard of football in our country is going to another level, it is a fact that the majority still live in serious poverty.

With the recent termination of temporary rights for radio, it is clear that the PSL and the SABC have different goals. The SABC wants to broadcast the games to serve the public interest, while the PSL's main focus is to become competitive as it tries to make an impact at a global level.

It is very sad that soccer-loving people are deprived of soccer, which apart from being entertaining helps reduce crime.

I think our president must intervene. Many poor people are still trying to keep up with their television licence fees, and to them owning a Dstv is a luxury.

So if the PSL games cannot reach the vast majority of people, what hope is there for all of us. And if the radio broadcast blackout is not sorted out immediately, even more people will be deprived, just because someone is chasing huge profits.

Themba Thobela, Mkhuhlu

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