This follows the letter sent by the channel citing dissatisfaction.

The letter was sent on 29 February by Local Programming Manager Keshni Rajoo which read, she was unhappy and dissatisfied over the manner in which the SAFTAs business is conducted.

“ETV will withdraw the channels nominated programmes and will not participate in any way at the SAFTAs.”

According to the SAFTAs chairperson and former National Film and Video Foundation Eddie Mbalo, clarifies that, except for the last few weeks of 2012; ETV’s participation has been considerably low during the committee interactions, at which all channels are represented.  

“We wish that Rajoo and ETV could have approached the committee in order for their concerns to be addressed and resolved as it has been accepted that the development of the SAFTAS is a dynamic process”.

“Maybe if the broadcasters were playing their part and even contributing towards funding of the SAFTA’s, the withdrawal would not be at the drop of the hat as is the case at the moment,” said Mbalo.

Mbalo did not indicate whether this decision by ETV could jeopardise their chances of entering future SAFTAs awards. 

Attempts to obtain comment from ETV’s spokersperson or Keshni did not materialise.

The SAFTAs take place on the March 9th and 10th at the Gallagher Estate, Midrand.

It will be broadcast on SABC on Sunday 11th of March.

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