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Like US' CNN International, UK's BBC World or France's France24, South Africa now has its own 24 hour television news service launched by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). "The SABC is responding to the ever increasing demand for up-to-date news broadcasts of events of national and international importance and to give a voice and platform to all South African citizens, both rural and urban," said an official communiqué issued a few hours before President Jacob Zuma delivered a keynote address on the occasion of SABC 24's launching.
President Zuma said SABC 24 will be an opportunity for South Africa to promote ideals dear to former President Nelson Mandela, known as Madiba. "Let tolerance for one another's views create the peaceful conditions which give space for the best in all of us to find expression and to flourish. Above all let us work together in striving to banish homelessness, illiteracy, hunger and disease," Madiba once said. According to President Zuma, SABC 24 will be an important instrument to help the nation achieve these objectives.
SABC 24's objective is twofold, both in foreign policy and national politics as "beyond stories of crime and corruption (…) the true and full South African story is waiting to be told," Mr. Zuma claimed. SABC 24 embodies "the progress, hope and opportunity" of South Africa and the African continent as a whole. In a field that has witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of news television channels in recent years, SABC 24 takes up the challenge of making Africa more audible.
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