Programming schedule on public broadcaster the SABC would be cleared over the Easter period to accommodate religious programming that would make up for people not being able to converge at their different churches.
This was announced by Minister of Communications, Telecommunications and Postal Services, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams on Wednesday, during a media briefing to share plans for the country's 21-day lockdown.
The minister said this special programming would be shown on both the free-to-air and paid channels of the SABC.
“It will be done in correlation with faith-based organizations. We will engage the bodies,” she said.
She, however, could not confirm when exactly this programming would start.
“I can't tell when at this stage, but we would like to see different churches and our people should be able to access the services," the minister said.
Ndabeni-Abrahams also said the SABC will have a dedicated education channel. She said R100-million has been set aside to help her department achieve these.
“A sum of about R100-million has been set aside to enable small businesses in our sector that should carry out work that I spoke about,” she said.
The minister said government will guard against safe fake news.
“As the department we have engaged with the platform owners to quickly remove any content that could be fake. We are happy to say the response has been positive," she said.