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The SABC has decided to delay paying the more than R75million 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).

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. SABC reportedly 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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