Monday, June 1, 2009

TVIEC Protest March Update - Invite the Public to the TV Crisis March!

1 June 2009

The TV Crisis March on 4 June 2009 is hotting up. Our call to action within the TV industry and related industries has met with a huge response and the media is all over the story. Now we need to spread the word to the public to join us on Thursday.

  • Date: Thursday 4th June 2009 
  • 10.30: Joburg - Gather at Atlas Studios in Milpark for rally
  • 12.00: Cape Town - Gather on grass in front of SABC
  • 12.00: Joburg - March to SABC
  • 13.00: Joburg and Cape Town - march and picket at SABC
  • 13.45: Joburg - Hand over memorandum

What you can do:

1. Forward this email to everyone you know and encourage them to forward it to everyone they know.

2. Go to Facebook and search for TV Crisis. You will find our event there. Invite everyone you know to the event. (

3. Make a placard. Go to the Sasfed blog ( and there you will find artwork that you can download to make a placard. Or get creative and make your own. Remember to dress in red on the day.

4. SMS the SABC and tell them what you think: We will collate these comments and deliver them to the powers that be as well as the media. The number to send to: 31970. Your SMS must start with the word TV. SMS’s are charged at 50 cents.

The action will be a peaceful protest and will be controlled by marshals. It is important to stress that we are adopting a positive tone. The TVIEC is fighting FOR the SABC – for a transparent, fair and sustainable SABC that upholds the values of a credible and responsible public broadcaster, respectful of the South African public and its key partner in content supply – the local production sector, their casts and crews.


This letter is written on behalf of the TVIEC (Television Industry Emergency Coalition) which consists of: IPO (Independent Producers Organization), SASFED (South African Screen Federation), TPA (The Producers Alliance), DFA (Documentary Filmmakers Association), WGSA (Writers Guild of South Africa) as well as the CWU (Creative Workers Union).