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Cash Strapped South African National Broadcaster SABC Stopped Paying Artists Their Royalties Last Year

The SABC owes the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) millions in royalties.

The country's national broadcaster the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) had to stop paying royalties to artists for music used on its radio and TV platforms last year, City Press reports.

This comes after the broadcaster's highly publicized financial woes. The SABC was reported to be in close to R700 million (approximately $51 million) debt in August 2018. It reportedly needed R3 billion (approximately $217 347 210) to avoid closing its does.


SABC spokesperson, Neo Momodu was quoted by City Press as saying:

"The SABC's dire financial situation is a matter of public record. We are in ongoing discussions with our service providers and suppliers, including Samro, to negotiate payment terms."

City Press reports that the latest annual report of the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO), released in December, has revealed that the SABC owed it R55.5 million (approximately $4 million) in royalties at the end of June last year.

SAMRO told the newspaper that if the debt is not paid this month, the money will not be available for distribution of royalties due to music publishers and composers in February and March.

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The Netherlands has returned to Nigeria a 600-year-old stolen artefact, the Ife Terracotta, which has been received by Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

According to The Guardian Nigeria, the Netherlands has returned a 600-year-old artefact to Nigeria. This comes after the artefact was reportedly smuggled using fraudulent papers through Ghana to the Dutch country. Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, handed over the Ife Terracotta to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. The repatriation of the small but "priceless" Ife Terracotta has been a long journey considering it was reportedly smuggled out of Nigeria in 2019.

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