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Pretoria – The AmaNdebele community has gathered outside the Hatfield offices of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to denounce the move of Ikwekwezi FM’s studio and staff to its Auckland Park offices in Johannesburg.

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Last month, SABC director of operations Ian Plaatjes confirmed that the decision to move the studio and staff from Ikwekwezi to Johannesburg was taken as a business decision to cut costs.

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Plaatjes stressed that they are not shutting down the radio station as they still have growth plans for it, and in fact, the decision to move the studio to their Auckland Park offices would not change the station’s strategy in any way. radio.

Grootie Sithole, one of the organizers of the rally, said she was notified of the move to Johannesburg, but the amaNdebele community was not happy with the decision.

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Instead, he said they would prefer the studio to be moved to KwaMhlanga or Groblersdal in the Sekhukhune district of Limpopo.

“They tell us they have to pay a million rand every month to rent the office space in Hatfield because they want to cut costs, but why haven’t they looked at other areas. If they continue this movement, we will make sure that all the people of AmaNdebele stop listening to the radio station.

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Simon Mahlangu, the main traditional ruler of Gauteng said that the problem that existed in the country was the fact that there was no respect or consideration for the growth of the culture.

Mahlangu said that the SABC leadership tried to distance them from their own culture and the best interests of the people, therefore, they made all decisions unilaterally.

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