YouTube launches SA service

2010-05-17 13:34

Johannesburg - Internet giant Google on Monday announced the launch of its video service YouTube in South Africa. will enable country-specific services, including local caching of YouTube content.

Chad Hurley, co-founder of YouTube, said that internet video is growing with over two billion videos viewed every day on the Google service, the largest of its kind.

He added Google was excited about bringing a local version of YouTube to South Africans.

"We look forward to continuing to improve the YouTube experience for our South African users," said Hurley.

Google said it has formed partnerships with local media companies, including the SABC and eTV, that will use the service to distribute content online. The SABC confirmed it is piloting the use of YouTube for uploading both old and current television shows.

Hurley said with over 70% of YouTube traffic coming from outside the USA, it is important to localise the service for specific countries. South Africa is the first African country to receive a dedicated YouTube service.

Google has placed local servers in SA to provide a local store of video content and improve performance for South African viewers, but would not provide information on local network partners or how content will be selected for caching. 


  • Adriana Stuijt - 2010-05-17 14:04

    They make this sound REALLY nice but this also means that the 'local media' (in other words the ANC's censorship regimen) will have TOTAL control to all YouTube content coming into the country too. The South africans already control the Facebook access and this is JUST ANOTHER WAY to control the internet inside South Africa. I would NOT welcome this AT ALL.

  • Propaganda - 2010-05-17 14:08

    Now ETv and SABC get extra help in investing their propaganda to the world. They now have control on what is seen by the world or not as they have total control on content.

  • Comeau - 2010-05-17 14:30

    You two have NO idea what you're talking about.

  • Juan @ Adriana - 2010-05-17 14:32

    Dont worry. the anc does not have the intellectual know-how to censor youtube.

  • Dave - 2010-05-17 14:35

    Propoganda and Adriania, are you guys high? You Tube is a seperate entity. ETV and SABC will be able to put shows on however they have no control over what anyone else puts on, only what they do. They are content providers essentially, but so is everyone else. The only information they haven't given is who/where your content will be stored.

  • Joan - 2010-05-17 14:41

    Neither would I welcome it! Slowly but surely they are taking "freedom of speech" away. We are going to land up totally "cut off" with what really is going on in South Africa and what we want the rest of the world to see and hear about because our government is trying to hide it.

  • akeyter - 2010-05-17 15:06

    Maybe Google must give us an indication of how the SA gov will be involved with this project. Google do have some communication with governments and do remove materiel by their request. (Interesting that you spoke to the SABC from the word go - trying to find friend?!?...) Come on Google do you dance the dance with the gov or are you giving us "freedom of speech". Or maybe freedom for some. O and Google, what will you do if the gov request details of an individual? Would you comply. Give us some guarantees then we'll think this is a nice service you are planning. Big brother does not like people talking against him the same goes for this gov. Would you protect us, or are you cut from the same cloth at this gov??? Or are you part of the "big brother", just asking....

  • Ben - 2010-05-17 15:55

    You may as well phone the devil and ask him what is sin. The same with the ANC controlled government. They can do anything. This is really BAD!!! But hey, Pik Botha's grandson is a big shot at Youtube remember!!!

  • Gregg - 2010-05-17 16:12

    Adriana and Propaganda -- please, if you don't know what you're talking, just keep quiet. YouTube has NOTHING to do with the SABC, eTV, the ANC or even Julius bloody Malema for that matter. Brush up a bit, all you're doing is spreading disinformation.

  • mike - 2010-05-17 16:21

    I just hope this mean Your Partner program will now all work for us!

  • Sally Spark - 2010-05-17 16:25

    You have freedom of speech. If there was absolute censorship then we would not be reading narrow minded off topic drivel. Come to China where we have to look for proxies and vpn's to access facebook and Youtube because of absolute censorship. Youtube has given lots of communities a voice to their good or bad situations. Happy 5 year old birthday youtube!

  • Fred - 2010-05-17 16:28


  • eedgan - 2010-05-17 18:15

    Why the hell would I visit YouTube to watch some local crap that has already been repeated on local TV 67 times? I visit YouTube for new videos, music especially. But us lucky South Africans must always be punished " This video is not available in your country due to copyright laws". Fix this dear music industry - then we will truely enjoy services like YouTube.

  • H - 2010-05-17 21:14

    Oh wow ...WOW ..that does look Americans are sooooo amazing! Pity you can't play football ...or Rugby :)

  • H - 2010-05-17 21:20

    Hey Eedgan...would LOVE to hear what songs YOU have written for free for the world...Ag pleeze post them for free so we can all have free entertainment you soooo much ..:(

  • Victoria Hlubi - 2011-02-18 16:42

    Hmmm ANC's true intentions of where they want to lead this country are becoming evident each day.Guess the communist thinking of the ANC has not completly they would love for us to know. No need to panic right? haha ey look China is doing well!

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