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Minister confident of resolving PSL blackout on SABC

The Minister of Sport and Recreation Nathi Mthethwa has stepped in and tried to resolve the blackout of Premier Soccer League (PSL) matches by the SABC.

Mthethwa and SA minister of communications and digital technologies Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams met with PSL chairman Irvin Khoza and Multichoice Executive Chairman Imtiaz Patel and Chief Executive Officer Calvo Mawela to thrash out a resolution.

The SABC has not broadcast any matches this season while the quarterfinals of the MTN 8 also received no coverage on the national broadcaster this past weekend.

Mthethwa said he is confident a resolution can be reached by Thursday.

“What is a crucial outcome on this day, is that both the PSL and Multichoice honoured the appointment and that is an indication of their appreciating the gravity of this matter,” said Mthethwa.

“I am happy that both parties understand that despite the contrasting interests they represent, which are valid on individual accounts- what can no longer be treated lightly is the heavy toll this impasse has taken on South Africans.

“That both Khoza and Patel and Mawela met with me is testament that they understand that a solution must be found.

"After this interaction, we are confident that a resolution to this impasse is imminent as of Thursday.”