SABC television studios in Auckland Park. Picture: KEVIN SUTHERLAND
SABC television studios in Auckland Park. Picture: KEVIN SUTHERLAND

THE SABC has strongly denied that it will be paying for a concert at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday‚ despite a press release saying exactly that issued on its behalf.

TMG Entertainment earlier reported that the concert‚ Thank You SABC Music Concert‚ was not only being supported by the public broadcaster‚ but that it would also be footing the bill.

In a press statement received on behalf of the SABC‚ it was stated that the broadcaster was supporting the initiative where big name musicians are performing‚ including Black Coffee and Emtee‚ and that it would be responsible for all costs involved.

However‚ an internal battle between the public relations company that issued the statement and the SABC has since erupted‚ with the broadcaster slamming the reports.

"That press release is completely inaccurate. It doesn’t make sense that we would support a concert where we are thanking ourselves and paying for‚" said spokesman Kaizer Kganyago.

He went on to add that the company was representing the organisers of the music concert and not the SABC.

"We are acting in a media sponsorship capacity. We are not paying towards the actual show. It’s a campaign that has been spearheaded by Mzwakhe Mbuli‚" he added.

Mbuli himself made contact with TMG Entertainment‚ confirming that he was behind the concert‚ insisting that there was no funding from the broadcaster.

The public relations company would only say that there had "been some confusion".

"We are sorting it out now. There have been some issues‚" said Buz Publicity’s Bridget van Oerle.

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