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South Africa’s SABC Secures Deal To Broadcast Rugby World Cup Final

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced that it will air the 2019 Rugby World Cup final between England and South Africa.

The public broadcaster said that it had made an agreement with SuperSport to screen the match live on Saturday 01 November at 11:00.

Additionally, the SABC will also screen the clash between Wales and New Zealand on Friday 1 November at 11:00.

SABC’s CEO, Madoda Mxakwe said that the SABC is excited about this opportunity to be able to deliver this historic match to the nation, as the public broadcaster recognises the vital role that it plays in social cohesion and in promoting sports of national interest.

Mxakwe added that the SABC remains committed to entering into commercially viable deals and wishes the national team (the Springboks) well as they pursue their place in history.

This comes after Gauteng’s MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi publicly called on DStv to provide the SABC with the rights to broadcast the World Cup semi-final as well as the final.

Lesufi had tweeted that for the sake of all South Africans DStv needed to provide the SABC with the rights to broadcast the Rugby World Cup semi-final and final so that the entire country, not only the privileged few could follow the Springboks.

Both matches will be broadcast live on SABC 2.

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