It is four days before the Local Government Elections and media companies across the country are preparing to cover this massive event. The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Results Operations Centre in Pretoria is a hive of activity with different media organizations setting up for the big day.
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), being the Public Broadcaster, is pulling out all the stops to keep every South African informed as the elections unfold.
Acting Radio Facilities Manager at the SABC, Asanda Mkutukana says it is all systems go for Wednesday.
“Our responsibility is to make sure that there are 13 studios that are fully functional and also the team that will be running those studios. We started our planning around February, but coming to set up here we started on Monday.”
Mkutukana says a team of technical producers will be working around the clock to ensure that South Africans receive information about the elections on their favourite radio stations.
“We have a team of technical producers working shifts, 21 technical producers, eleven in the morning that will be morning until 2 pm, and another shift that will be starting from one. We might finish at 11pm or run over, that team will be running the studios, making sure that the studios go on air, meaning that they are connected to their mother stations. “
Twenty six point three million South Africans have registered to vote for Wednesday’s elections, 11% more from the 2011 municipal elections.
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