SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng leaves the Western Cape High Court on Thursday. Picture: ESA ALEXANDER/THE TIMES
SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: ESA ALEXANDER/THE TIMES

SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has again pulled an astonishing move, which will see the public broadcaster hosting its very own thank you music concert … to itself.

Officially named the Thank You SABC Music Concert‚ the organiser (the SABC) is hoping to fill the 40,000 seat Orlando Stadium to capacity.

There has been little media coverage in the lead-up to the event‚ but in a bizarre media release issued by the public broadcaster on Tuesday‚ the SABC wanted to ensure that it was clear that it supported the concert‚ hosted by itself‚ thanking itself.

"The SABC has welcomed the Thank You SABC Concert‚ and all the artists that will perform have embraced, and are proud of, the public broadcaster’s initiative to prioritise and support local music‚" reads the statement.

The concert‚ which will be held on Saturday, has apparently managed to draw some big names including Black Coffee‚ Mafikizolo‚ Kwesta and Emtee.

The statement ensures that Motsoeneng’s 90% local music quota is mentioned‚ saying "Mr Motsoeneng says that this cross-pollination of music is very important for the public broadcaster‚ because part of our mandate is to tell the South African story and music plays an important part in ensuring that the SABC fulfills this mandate".

In an effort to entice fans to attend‚ the broadcaster is giving away free tickets to TV-licence holders.

In an interview on Morning Live‚ musician Mzwakhe Mbuli said that people should "vote for the SABC".

"If you want complementary tickets‚ we have a thousand of them‚ 1,000 free tickets‚ if you produce your TV licence‚ you’ll enter and celebrate and see all of these internationally acclaimed artists … for free."

He insists that the concert is so noteworthy that it should go into the Guinness Book of World Records.

"We are promoting a brand. Even CNN or Al Jazeera or BBC has never had a concert where people in London or artists in London will say ‘Thank you CNN or BBC’. It means what we are doing must go to the Guinness Book of Records."

The cash-strapped broadcaster will be footing the bill for the concert‚ paying for the hiring of the stadium‚ artists‚ lights and production. The SABC has not been available to comment on exactly how much that fee will be.

If you are not one of the lucky 1,000 to get a freebee through your TV licence‚ then you will pay R100 for a ticket.

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