Monday, June 15, 2009

TVIEC - Report back on Cape Town March


We had a good showing at the Cape Town picket for the short amount of time there was to organise it and also considering the stormy weather. There were plus minus 200 people strong, who were vociferous, angered and concerned, yet at the same time witty and playful. We sang, danced and vuvuzelaed in the drizzle, gave megaphone speeches and placarded.

We were not officially given permission to march but rather to picket outside the SABC. We received strong support from the public who drove past the picket in Beach Road and just about every car hooted loudly and yelled their support out of their car windows.

The memorandum and a copy of the general public sms campaign was handed to Mr Conrad van Schoor, SABC Western Cape Finance Manager he accepted it on behalf of Nomfundo Mpuntsha, Regional General Manager Western Cape - who was in a meeting in Johannesburg. At first he was too nervous to come across the road to accept the memorandum in front of the picketers. We eventually convinced him that he needed to do so to show good faith. He did in the end although very nervously and didn't say a word. There was a "Where is your chequebook?" from the crowd.

Interestingly SABC workers affiliated to the union BEMAWU in Cape Town were allowed to join the march over lunch time and they did do so - see the youtube video posted by Miki Redlinghuis.

At a point we decided to move across the road to go and picket a bit closer to the SABC building - but a very strong police force came out en masse and prevented us from getting too near the building. We peacefully receded.

As the march was dying down around two o clock which was also the official ending time of the march - the rain came pouring down and everyone was cleared off the streets without any need for police to intervene.

Everyone was very pleased to have been given a chance to demonstrate their grievances and frustrations with the SABC which have seriously mounted up over the years. Younger industry members were concerned about their futures.

There was a great sense of camaraderie and unity amongst all the various industry members. It was a very positive and encouraging experience. There is still much work to be done to create real change but we have taken the first step.

Thank you to you TVIEC Joburg for initiating this action and creating such an incredible show of collective energy, spirit and force.

Thank you all for facing the stormy Cape Town weather and coming out with great force and passion to voice our anger, frustration, discontent and disgust about what is currently and has been previously taking place at our supposed public broadcaster, the SABC. Viva Cape Town!

The simultaneous Johannesburg and Cape Town protest was a great success. We flexed our collective muscles and we demonstrated our collective force and all with wonderful touches of humour and creativity. We received much press coverage as well as public sympathy.

Thank you all for your hard work, support, commitment and enthusiasm in making the protests happen.

Unite in the fight for our rights

Kali van der Merwe
Other-Wise media
DFA Documentary Filmmakers Association boardmember


(although we had students from the various varsities - there was not formal support from the actual institutions themselves but they were obviously sympathetic)

  • City Varsity
  • SAFREA - South Africa Freelancers Association
  • IPO - Independent Producers Organisation
  • PANSA - Performing Arts Network South Africa
  • UCT (Performers Student Council)
  • Cape Film Commission
  • WWMP – Workers World Media Production
  • WIFTSA - Women in Film and Television
  • SAMGI - South African Media and Gender Institute
  • TPA - The Producers Alliance
  • DFA Documentary FIlmmakers Association
  • CWUSA - Creative Workers Union South Africa
  • SA Writers Guild
  • Stellenbosch University
  • Encounters Film Festival
  • SAGA


  • Rooster Collective
  • Shamanic Organic
  • Tonnic Audio
  • Starving Comics
  • Solid Pictures
  • Sojourn Film and Media
  • Blast
  • Streetwize Casting
  • The Callsheet
  • Fierce Pix
  • Penguin Films
  • Rainbow Circle Films
  • Atomic Production
  • US Drama Department
  • North South Media
  • Shoal Creek
  • Joe Barber cc
  • TIme Gate
  • 1Cut Films
  • Mama Dance
  • Clockwork Zoo
  • E Post Production
  • Other-Wise media
  • Plexus Films
  • See Thru Media
  • Fairweather FIlms
  • Take 2 Films
  • Soldiers of Informative Art
  • Women Unite
  • Get the Picture
  • Three Writers Group
  • Future Dimensions
  • Free Range Films
  • Brainwave Projects
  • Mouthful Entertainment
  • The Wendy House
  • Bubblegum Productions
  • APM cape - Artistes Personal Management
  • Shoot the Breeze Productions
  • 4 Wall Films
  • Undercurrent films
  • (apologies if anyone was left off the list)


Co-Chair of the Documentary Filmmakers Association - Miki Redelinghuys, helped to organise the protest and also together with her team made a wonderful short documentary of the event - posted the same Thursday night.

Michael Lee also of the DFA and SASFED produced a great short documentary on the event in Johannesburg.

Firestorm Productions shot and edited footage from the June 4th 2009 march on the SABC by Industry workers in Cape Town, South Africa.

The topics discussed dealt with blacklisting of broadcasters, the pulling of the Special Assignment documentary on Shapiro (Zapiro) days before the general election and the interference by Luthuli house in (s)electing the executive board of the SABC.

Interviews were conducted with:

Kali van der Merwe
Adrian Galley
Colin Moss
Mark Myburg
Erica Wessels
Grant Swanby
Bongo Mbutuma
Nicola Hanekom
and Brian Heydenrych

They say we can " Feel free to use this footage in any form you feel fit to help fight the SABC injustices"


Great photos of Cape Town protest Facebook album by Nicky Newman

Protest pics Cape Town Protest on DFA website by Nicky Newman and Karen Landsberg

More Cape Town Protest Pics

Protest pics JHB on DFA website

Gallery of JHB pics on screenafrica


Keep updated on the action. Find out about the latest developments that are taking as to how the industry is responding to the SABC crisis

SASFED South African Screen Federation