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THE South African Broadcasting Corporation has embarked on a self-rehabilitation journey. This after the launch of its new and exciting local drama series.

And I should hasten to add that the state-owned enterprise is doing well in its mandate to provide local content.

Though the SABC has been criticised from many quarters, due to lack of skills within its management, however critics have ignored the fact that the public broadcaster is a state owned enterprise.

Be that as it may, it is bound to become the mouthpiece of the governing party.

Hence, it will always be dogged by issues of objectivity (or lack thereof) and continued political interference in its editorial decision making processes. Notwithstanding the fact that it has good managers and editorial staff.

But more often than not, their hands are tight because they have to always tow the line. Hence, my channel of choice - as far as news is concerned - is news.

Now, back to the subject at hand: new local drama series. It is good news that the SABC has finally taken a leaf from the Free to Air channel which is talk-of-the-town, thanks to eKasi Our Stories drama series from that led the change.

SABC1 now flights new and exciting comedy series like Single Galz, Amaza, Task Force, Loxion Lyric and others. I am not only excited by the content but also by how local talented actors and producers are given a chance to shine.

This negates the fact that previously SABC1 (in particular) allegedly used to shun local drama and productions and preferred old and boring so-called amaRepeats.

Besides content, the management is still at a BIG QUESTION!

By Buchule Raba Follow me on Twitter @BuchuleB

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