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The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has started broadcasting in high definition (HD), in time for the start of its coverage of the FIFA World Cup in Russia on 14 June.

World Cup 2018 Russia 13 June 2018SABC1 and SABC3 began transmitting in HD on 11 June and SABC2 will follow suit after the forthcoming FIFA World Cup ends, on 15 July 2018.

“The introduction of HD will ensure that viewers enjoy picture quality that is clearer and crisper than it previously was with the normal standard definition (SD). The accessibility of SABC in HD will, in the interim, only be available to viewers who watch SABC programmes through the DStv and digital terrestrial television (DTT) platforms. This conversion is in preparation for the nationwide migration of all free-to-air analogue broadcasting to DTT,” South Africa’s public broadcaster said in a statement.

Thomas Mlambo, Mpho Maboi, Andile Ncube, Lebo Motsoeli and Romy Titus will be the SABC TV anchors during the world’s greatest football tournament, who will be assisted by local football analysts including Siphiwe Mkhonza, Phumudzo Manenhze, Marc Lewis, Duane Dell’Oca, Teko Modise, Doctor Khumalo, Jomo Sono, Rhulani Mokoena, Steve Khompela, and Pitso Mosimane.

To enable SABC audiences to consume matches in the language of their choice, SABC has lined-up 12 radio stations to broadcast the matches live. For the first time, the SABC will broadcast World Cup matches in the !Xun and Khwe dialect on XK-FM for the Khoi and San communities.