It is time to tell the International AIDS Conference (IAC) organisers that the lights are on… we can all see the dripping makeup, the creased and world weary visage, badly painted props and the torn seats we are so precariously perched upon. The tired old songs have been played one time to many.
The civil society “Save our SABC” (SOS) campaign welcomes progress on the SABC crisis. The public broadcaster is debilitated by allegations and counter-allegations between the Board and management. The Group Chief Executive Officer and the Head of News of the corporation remain suspended. Given this stand-off – and its severe consequences for the public broadcaster – some urgent progress is required.
The SOS Coalition presented a detailed Bill containing all its proposals at the oral hearings. The main presentation was supplemented by presentations from a number of Coalition partners. The MMP looked more closely at the nomination process; FXI highlighted issues surrounding the SABC’s Articles of Association and its impact on the independence of the SABC and the IPO detailed the impact of the ongoing SABC crisis on content issues. These presentations were well received. The Coalition’s proposal was considered one of the few that dealt directly with the Committee’s concerns.
The SOS Campaign made a detailed written submission endorsed by 12 organisations covering a diversity of interests and perspectives. The organisations included all those represented on the working group as well as IDASA, the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ), SANGONET, the South African History Archives (SAHA), the Freedom of Expression Network (FXN) and the Independent Producers Organisation (IPO).
The submission included the following: