According to recent reports, music by Mzansi hit makers, Kabza De Small, Cassper Nyovest, Babes Wodumo, Master KG and more will be taken off SABC radio and TV stations playlist. This is because the SABC has refused to pay needle-time royalties to SAMPRA.
The news is that The South African Music Performance Rights Association (Sampra) have taken up litigation after the SABC ignored several of the organisation’s letters to them refusing to pay them royalties.
According to Sampra CEO, Pfanani Lishva, their legal team is preparing to ask a high court in Gauteng to interdict SABC from playing all the National and local tracks whose royalties are administered by them. This will only be remedied if they pay for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 financial years, and also commit to pay future royalties.
According to Lishva, the SABC had been paying their rival organization, Independent Music Performance Rights Association royalties instead of them while they did not present evidence of the artistes and companies they represent.
Reacting to this, the SABC group executive for corporate affairs and marketing, Gugi Ndima said that they only couldn’t pay because the two organisations would not agree on a percentage split. She also said they had made an advanced payment of R20million to both of them.