SOS Dismayed by Repeated SABC Crises

Once again the SABC finds itself in the news for the wrong reasons and has, once again, remained conspicuously silent. Over the last two weeks alone, the SABC has been wracked with a series of crises both in its leadership as well as in its programming and editorial management. These are neither new, nor surprising any longer. They are simply yet another iteration in the SABC’s full repertoire of repeats.

Repeated Failure to Meet License Conditions

MMA calls on the BCCSA to stand its ground in the face of pressure from the SABC

Self regulation of the media is an important aspect of our democracy. It is for this reason that institutions that promote and protect the self regulatory aspect of our media are respected and protected. Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) is concerned by the manner in which the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has chosen to react to the ruling by the Broadcasting Complains Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) in the case of the SABC and the Mail and Guardian (M&G).

SABC Board Nominees Endorsed

The National Assembly has endorsed the four new nominees for the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board amid protest from opposition parties who accuse the African National Congress (ANC) of politicising the process.

The four are: Safcol senior executive Sethe Makesha; businessman John Danana; advocate and business consultant Cawekazi Mahlati; and Media Development and Diversity Agency CEO, Lumko Mtimde.

Parliament Recommends Names to SABC Board

Parliament’s communications portfolio committee has recommended four new appointees to the board of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

Those whose names will now go to the National Assembly for approval are: SAFCOL senior executive, Sethe Makhesha; businessman, John Danana; Advocate and business consultant, Cawekazi Mahlati; and Media Development and Diversity Agency CEO, Lumko Mtimde.

SABC Urged to Make Mokoetle Settlement Public

The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) says the public has a right to know the details of the financial settlement bestowed on embattled former South African Broadcasting Corporation CEO, Solly Mokoetle.

In a press statement, SANEF chairperson, Mondli Makhanya, points out that, “The public interest and the fact that public funds could be involved dictate that a full and proper public statement is called for."

SABC Group CEO Resigns

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) group CEO, Solly Mokoetle, has resigned with immediate effect.

In a short press statement, the SABC board, points out that Mokoetle will pursue his career elsewhere, adding that, the parties have settled all other disputes between them and wish each other well for the future.

Mokoetle says although the decision was not easy, it is in the best interests of the SABC, its staff, the nation, the board, his family and himself.

SOS Coalition: SOS Welcomes Parliament’s Decision to Extend the Deadline for Nominations to the SABC Board

The SOS Coalition welcomes Parliament’s decision to extend the deadline for nominations to 6 December 2010. This will allow Parliament to hold its hearing with the SABC Board on 23 November. The Coalition is hopeful that at this hearing Parliament will finally be able to deal with the various corporate governance breaches that have taken place at the SABC.

SABC Board to Meet Communications Minister

The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board will not appear before the parliamentary portfolio committee on communications to present its turnaround strategy as planned because new communications minister, Roy Padayachie, first wants to meet them.

A senior SABC official says that Padayachie had requested a meeting with the board, which is why the meeting with the parliamentary committee was postponed.

SOS Coalition: SOS Urges Parliament to Extend the Deadline for Nominations for the SABC Board to Ensure that the Board Chair and Other Issues are Resolved

SOS Coalition members have been debating the issue of putting forward nominations for the SABC Board. Four members of the Board have resigned. SOS has expressed concern about putting forward new members because the Coalition believes that the current conditions on the Board are not conducive to members playing their critical oversight roles.  However, SOS believes that this is an important moment for the communications sector. We have a new Minister, Deputy Minister and new Acting Chair of the Portfolio Committee on Communications in place.

Vadi: No Rights for ex-SABC Board Members

The four South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board members who quit in frustration will not be allowed to speak at a long-awaited parliamentary meeting on the broadcaster's woes because President Jacob Zuma accepted their resignation with immediate effect. This is according to chairperson of Parliament’s portfolio committee on communications, Ismail Vadi.


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