ZBC defaults on music royalties

HARARE - Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) is failing to meet contractual obligations it entered into with the Zimbabwe Music Rights Association (Zimura) to clear over $600 000 in music royalties the national broadcaster owes musicians.

After the High Court authorised the deputy sheriff to attach ZBC property to settle the arrears, the national broadcaster offered to pay $100 000 monthly instalments.

Witness Zhangazha, the Zimura lawyer, confirmed that ZBC was failing to pay in accordance with their undertaking.

“ZBC has been doing as they please in terms of paying,” said Zhangazha.

“They are paying about $10 000 per week, which is not what was initially agreed on,” he said.

Given ZBC’s failure to settle the musicians’ royalties, the Zimura lawyer is wondering why the deputy sherriff has not attached the national broadcaster’s property.

“The attachment has been pending for a month or two which is quiet unusual. It is actually the sheriff housed at the High Court who is delaying the process.

“I don’t know why no action has been taken yet as ZBC is failing to do as we agreed. They were also issued with a Notice of Removal but nothing has materialised,” he said.

ZBC public relations manager Sivukile Simango refused to comment on the matter yesterday.

“My friend let me tell you, we as ZBC do not conduct our business in the public or in the press. If Zimura wants it to go that way they can do it themselves but as ZBC we are not at liberty to discuss anything with you.

“Our payment plan, how we have paid or has nothing to do with the press and it will remain that way. ZBC will not be seen commenting on the issue in the press,” he said.

Zimura paid royalties last month with the money they got from other sources. In a statement released at the end of May, the music rights body revealed that all the countries’ radio stations had failed to pay music royalties.

Polisile Ncube, the Zimura director, refused to comment on the matter.

Comments (2)

its so funny because time yavanopedza vachitaura zpf propaganda,dai vachiisa ma adverts anovapa revenue.zpf nonsense,reuben barwe shit,this does not bring any cent to them.just abuse of state material.kkkk

gulaz - 7 August 2013

Force them to pay like they force people to pay for their licences even if you don't have a radio or TV

ZIms - 8 August 2013

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