ANC welcomes approval of Sekunjalo consortium's purchase of Independent group

Party trusts in future many more stories will be told from a progressive viewpoint

ANC welcomes Power FM and developments on INMSA sale

The African National Congress congratulates Power FM on its launch today, 18th June 2013. Indeed the ANC welcomes the multiplicity and diversity of views within the media environment and we wish the new station all the best in their quest to educate, enlighten and entertain audiences in line with their stated objective to be the most credible and trusted commercial radio station in South Africa. We are particularly pleased that the station is proudly black owned in line with our country's commitment to tangible transformation of the media, particularly at an ownership level.

It is on this basis of ensuring the emergence of new voices within South African media that the African National Congress further welcomes the approval of the purchase of Independent News and Media SA (INMSA) by the Sekunjalo Consortium.

We trust that the unprecedented attack we had seen on the consortium, by particularly SANEF, was not in any way an attempt to protect an old order or to entrench old views in our developing nation and that the media community will also welcome and embrace this significant milestone in our collective quest to transform and extend the media landscape. We trust too that in the future many more of our South African stories will be told from a progressive South African viewpoint that first and foremost seeks to build a common nationhood, united in diversity

Statement issued by Jackson Mthembu, ANC national spokesperson, June 18 2013

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