Today, 80 years ago, SABC was officially launched

Photo: Moeketsi Mogotsi

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) was formed under Act 22 of 1936, after Prime Minister James Barry Munnik (JBM) Hertzog, instructed that an investigation be conducted with regards to all aspects of broadcasting in the country.

The investigation eventually lead to the government’s acquisition of the African Broadcasting Company (formed in 1927), which from then on functioned as the state broadcaster.

Radio broadcasts were initially in English, then a year later Afrikaans was implemented into the programming, with other native languages following suit as the years passed.

Source: South African History Online

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