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SABC's 2011 Rugby World Cup broadcast plans  |  Thursday 18 August 2011 08:53

SABC unveils its 2011 Rugby World Cup broadcast plans.

Johannesburg, Wednesday 17 August 2011– The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), today unveiled its comprehensive broadcast plans and activities for the 2011 IRB World Cup tournament, taking place in New Zealand from 09 Septemberuntil 23 October 2011 .

As part of the sub-license agreement with SuperSport, the main rights holders in South Africa, the corporation will broadcastthirty five (35) matches in total,28 of which will be live and 7 delayed.

The main focus for the public service broadcaster will be to broadcast all of the Springbok games as they pursue glory once again.

The SABC has put together a broadcast schedule of games and programming that is aimed at creating a unified force behind our national team, through our exciting on-air campaign and relevant and impactful programming, using SABC2 and Radio 2000 as the supporting media.

Our biggest aim with our Rugby World Cup campaign is to attract the non-traditional audiences of rugby, fulfilling our mandate of nation-building.

Acting GCEO Mr. Phil Molefe said “As a public service broadcaster, we are well aware of our role in society. With sport, the SABC has an opportunity to unite the nation behind one common goal of being a winning nation. With the Rugby World cup in particular, the organisation has ensured that its programming and activities are geared towards galvanizing public support behind the Springboks, the reigning Rugby world champions.Unity is OUR game.

SABC 2 will be the official TV platform for Rugby World Cup Channel and the launch pad for the on-air Rugby campaign. SABC 1 and SABC 3 will be supporting channels, providing alternative rugby viewing with programmes such as documentaries and country and player profiles.

For radio, Radio 2000 will be anchor, broadcasting all Rugby games live. Other public service radio stations will play a supporting role, delivering the games in the respective languages, while educating listeners on the ins and outs of the game.

In delivering a world-class broadcast, the public service broadcaster has once again secured top on-air talent, to supplement the talent that the SABC already has. For the Rugby tournament, some of the following experts have been secured:

• Mr. David O Sullivan
• Mr. Peter Hendricks
• Mr. Hennie Le Roux
• Mr. Kabamba Floors
• Mr. Zola Yeye
• Mr. Tim Dlulane
• Mr. Tony Ndoro

‘It’s Our Game’ Song

In its efforts to galvanize public support for the nation’s rugby team, the SABC has teamed up with Kalawa Records and 7 de Laan’sPierre van Pletzen, who plays the charector of Oubaas, to create a uniquely South African theme track for the SABC’s Rugby World Cup campaign.

The song, titled ‘It’s Our Game’’is in harmony with the SABC’s campaign line for the tournament. A video has also been created to accompany the song, and both will be broadcast from 17 August.

The song was also created with the ‘Bok Jive’ in mind, a dance created byKalawa and the SABC with choreographer CassiusTlhotlhalemaje, who was responsible for the Soccer World Cup dance, which took the country by storm last year. This song and dance are aimed at unifying all South Africans to sing and  dance to the spirit and vibe of the Springboks, repeating history and winning this year’s tournament.

Pierre van Pletzen said "Patriotism and Loyalty to our people, our team, our country - that is where the song comes. If we can add one extra cheer from the fans and one extra try from the players - we have achieved our goal".

The SABC’s Corporate Marketing Manager, Ms. Mpho Msiza, said “for the corporation, this song lies at the heart of what the SABC will be offering to its viewers during the Rugby World Cup tournament. Our aim is take Rugby, and make it an all-inclusive game for the South African public. This song is but one of many elements, through which the SABC will use to pull in the non-traditional Rugby viewers and listeners into the sport to support our national team as they try and bring the trophy home once more”.

‘It’s Our Game’

The SABC is proud to announce the following team of presenters and analyst to host the 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup live on SABC 2


Eben Jansen:

Eben Jansen has more than 15 years experience as a sports and news Anchor in South Africa. During this time he has hosted a plethora of Live Sports Broadcasts and shows – ranging from news style sports and talk shows to live Cricket, Rugby, Soccer, Golf, Motorsport and the Olympics. He has set himself apart as a versatile and informed anchor with a real passion for sport.

An accomplished journalist he has covered 3 Soccer World Cups, 3 Rugby World Cups, 4 Cricket World Cups and covered the Olympics from 1996 in Atlanta until Beijing in 2008.He also hosted the inaugural A1GP and several seasons of the Formula 1 World Championships. 
He has a Degree in Journalism from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and has completed a host of training modules with some of the world’s leading broadcasters.

David O’ Sullivan:

David studied Journalism and Politics at Rhodes University he has also worked as the SA correspondent for various international radio stations, including Voice of America, National Public Radio in the USA, Independent Radio News in the UK, Macquarrie National News in Australia, and Newstalk ZB in New Zealand.
David O’ Sullivan is also a member of the SABC Sport team in which he has covered various major sporting events as an anchor. He also writes script and does voice overs for different SABC Sport productions.
David is also a judge on the panel for the 2011 SA Sport Awards.

Tony Ndoro:

This talented anchor also popular corporate MC is also one of SA’s most familiar commercial voice artistes.  He cut his teeth as a Rugby Anchor on Supersport in 2005.
He presented the live show of All out Rugby but also has experience in Athletics and other sporting codes.


Chester Williams:

First black Springbok post apartheid. A member of the Springbok 1995 World Cup winning team and scored four tries in his World Cup debut match in the 1995 quarterfinal against Samoa at Ellis Park. Williams has coached the SA Sevens team and the Pumas in the Currie Cup

Allister Coetzee:

Was Jake White's assistant coach with the victorious Springbok team at the 2007 World Cup in France and has guided the Stormers and Western Province to finals in last year's Super 14 and Currie Cup, respectively.

Kaya Malotana:

The first black African to play for the Springboks at the 1999 World Cup and was an assistant coach for the Springbok women's team at last year's World Cup. Malotana is currently assistant coach for the Lions Vodacom Cup team

Elton Jantjies:

A revelation in last year's Currie Cup and was selected for the Springboks end-of-year Grand Slam tour but did not feature in a Test. Jantjies is one of the rising stars of the game and is strongly touted as a future Springbok flyhalf

Hennie Le Roux:

An uncompromising flyhalf and centre in his heyday, Le Roux was pivotal member of the 1995 Springbok World Cup winning team. Le Roux played for Transvaal, who are now the Golden Lions, and won the Currie Cup in 1993 and 1994 and ended his career having played 252 matches and scoring 92 tries

John Plumtree:

Is the head coach of the Sharks Super rugby and Currie Cp teams and has led the Durban franchise to two Currie Cup titles in 2008 and last year. Plumtree was a member of the first Sharks team to win a Currie Cup in 1990 and also lifted the coveted trophy again in 1996 as a player. The New Zealand-born and bred Plumtree has also represented the SA Sevens team in 1994

Os du Randt:

Two time World Cup winner and former Springbok scrum coach. Os du Randt is a legend of the game and the only South African player along with Australia's John Eales and Tim Horan to have won the World Cup twice.

John Mitchell:

Former All Black coach at the 1999 World Cup and a former All Black player. Has coached in New Zealand, Australia and now is Lions Super rugby and Currie Cup coach.

Lawrence Sephaka:

Has been capped 24 times for his country and was a member of the 2003 Springbok World Cup squad where he played three matches. Sephaka played for the Lions in South Africa and has also plied his trade in France for Toulon playing alongside rugby greats like Wallaby George Gregan and All Blacks Anton Oliver and Andrew Mehrtens

Zola Yeye:

A speedy wing in his heyday Zola Yeye played for the famous Spring Rose rugby club in Port Elizabeth and represented the South African Rugby Union and Kwazakhele Rugby Union. Yeye was the Springboks' team manager at the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

Tim Dlulane:

Played one Test for the Springboks during the 2004 end-of-year tour but his career got cut short by a neck injury sustained in a Currie Cup match against the Lions. Dlulane played Super 14 and Currie Cup rugby for the Bulls and Pumas and was a member of the University of Pretoria team that won the national club championships under the guidance of current Springbok assistant coach Dick Muir

Pieter Hendriks:

Pieter Hendricks is truly a legend of South African Rugby. He was a member of the squad to lift the RWC trophy in 1995.
Pieter Hendricks will be remembered by the millions of SA Rugby fans as the player who smoked David Campese on the wing to score a memorable try in the 1995 Rugby World Cup against Australia.


Andre Watson

Now the head of referees in South Africa, Andre Watson is the only man to referee in two successive World Cup finals in 1999 and 2003. In addition Watson has refereed five Super 12 finals, and six Currie Cup finals.


Dan Retief

With a career spanning over 40 years, the multiple award winning Dan Retief has covered many tours including the four World Cups the Springboks have participated in. Retief is also an accomplished author having written former Springbok captain Wynand Claasen's autobiography and recently a book called the Springboks and the Holy Grail and is the editor of the Springbok Opus.

Simnikiwe Xabanisa:

Is a respected award winning journalist who has covered numerous Springbok tours including the past two World Cups in 2003 and 2007 for the Sunday Times. Xabanisa has contributed to several rugby books including the SA Rugby Annual.

Vata Ngobeni (NZ - Radio):

With a decade of experience in newspaper journalism, Vata Ngobeni is one of the leading rugby journalists in South Africa and has closely followed the Springboks and Bulls rise in world rugby. Ngobeni was part of SABC Sport panel of television analysts during the 2007 World Cup and will be in New Zealand covering this year's World Cup for SABC Sport radio.

Zeena Isaacs (NZ - Television):

The First Lady of rugby, Zeena Isaacs is an accomplished print, radio and television journalist. Isaacs was part of the SABC Sport crew that covered the 2007 Rugby World Cup and will again be the pretty and intelligent face of rugby for the SABC at this year's World Cup. Isaacs continues to defy stereotypes in the male dominated sport of rugby as Business Day's rugby writer.

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