The substance of the tv talk show 3Talk With Noeleen was particularly poor. Nothing good is going to come of this R17 million investment in public relations to improve the image of the police, which should be spent on fighting crime. Seriously, how can one market a country with such appalling crime statistics?
The SAPS awarded the tender for Rivoningo in February to African Spirit Media for R17.04-million, a cost of about R2.1-million an issue. The contract is for publication, delivery and distribution of the quarterly magazine for two years. The tender was advertised in October last year. African Spirit Media is owned by Maholwana-Sangqu and publisher Deidre Theron-Loots. Both are involved in publishing in-house magazines.
Maholwana-Sangqu runs the SABC3 afternoon TV talk show 3Talk with Noeleen. "3Talk has been on for almost six years and Noeleen continues to gain the respect and admiration of her viewers," says the SABC3 on its website. "3Talk With Noeleen has always dealt with real issues affecting real people."
By Louise Flanagan