The remaining two rugby Tests between South Africa and England will be broadcast live on radio, the SABC announced on Wednesday.
In a joint statement with rights holder SuperSport, however, the SA Broadcasting Corporation confirmed it would not show the matches on television.
“The SABC has decided, as a principle, that for the events that it has rights to (such as in respect of Bafana Bafana) it will broadcast on a live basis,” SABC acting chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng said.
“In the case of rugby, SABC does not hold rights and is therefore not able to broadcast these matches on a live basis.”
SuperSport International chief executive Happy Ntshingila said the rights holder had offered to sub-licence the television rights for Springbok games to the SABC.
Ntshingila was nonetheless “pleased that the SABC had acquired radio rights to the Test matches”.
The South African Rugby Union (SARU) says it is disappointed that Springbok Test matches will not be available on free-to-air television, following the SABC’s decision not broadcast matches delayed “as live”.
The SABC announced on Tuesday that its policy henceforth would be to broadcast only sporting events to which it had the live rights. Springbok matches will continue to be broadcast on 12 SABC radio stations.
“We respect the SABC’s decision but it is disappointing from SARU’s perspective and I’m sure from the perspective of rugby supporters,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SARU.
Roux added that he hoped that Springbok matches would return to free-to-air television at some point in the future.