SABC board hopefuls take the hot seat

Parliament’s portfolio committee on communications will start the process of filling eight vacancies on the SABC’s board on Tuesday, when the committee interviews 12 of its 24 shortlisted candidates.

Four board members – Mathatha Tsedu, Krish Naidoo, John Mattison and Khanyisile Kweyama – resigned from the board in December last year.

READ MORE: Four SABC board members resign

The resignations came after a brief and rocky stint at the public service broadcaster for the four former board members, where they told MPs that the SABC did not know how it would pay salaries beyond April.

The committee drafted a shortlist of 24 candidates last week, from an initial pool of over 300.

The shortlist includes former SABC chief executive Lulama Mokhobo, media veteran and a member of the South African National Editors Forum council, Mary Papayya, and former director general at the department of telecommunications and postal services, Gift Buthelezi, among others.


The committee initially wanted to draft a shortlist of candidates last week Tuesday, but this was put on hold after Economic Freedom Fighters MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi suggested conducting interviews after elections, as conducting them before the polls would result in an ill-considered, rushed job.

Democratic Alliance MP Phumzile van Damme took exception to the suggestion, saying that to leave the SABC board with vacant positions for much longer would leave the organisation weaker and ill-equipped to recover.

The shortlist was published on Thursday and the committee elected to hold the interviews this week. A recommendation from Ndlozi that the committee conduct “exit interviews” with board members that resigned was also eventually diclined.

The interviews are billed to run from Tuesday and Wednesday, with a ten-and-a-half-hour marathon session of interviews on each day. — Fin24

The names of the 24 candidate are:

  • Gift Buthelezi
  • Mary Papayya
  • Itani Tseisi
  • Rowan Nicholls
  • Mfanozwele Shozi
  • Nokuzola Ehrens
  • Mmabatho Ramagoship
  • William Malema Ramoshaba
  • Maria Socikwa
  • Lulama Mokhobo (former CEO)
  • Motshedi Lekalakala
  • Nkosana Mbokana
  • Mathews Mofokeng
  • Mamodupi Mohlala-Molaudzi
  • Jasmina Patel
  • Bernedette Muthien
  • Nakedi Ribane
  • Siphile Buthelezi
  • Sathasivan Cooper
  • David Maimela
  • Lufuno Nevondwe
  • Sembie Danana
  • Chief Livhuwani Matsila
  • Mpiyakhe Mkholo

Subscribe to the M&G

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years, and we’ve survived right from day one thanks to the support of readers who value fiercely independent journalism that is beholden to no-one. To help us continue for another 35 future years with the same proud values, please consider taking out a subscription.

Khulekani Magubane
Khulekani Magubane

Khulekani Magubane is a senior financial reporter for Fin24. 

Related stories

Q&A Sessions: ‘I think I was born way before my time’ — Mamodupi Mohlala

The chief executive of the Estate Agency Affairs Board and the deputy chair of the SABC board, shares her take on retrenchments at the public broadcaster and reveals why she hates horror movies

Editorial: Political meddling won’t save the SABC

For years, in moves that harked back to the repressive regime of the Nats, the public broadcaster has been used by the party as its political football in internal factional battles, or to censor dissent.

Unions cry foul over SABC dismissal costs and retrenchments

Broadcaster bodies say claims that a recent skills audit is unrelated to retrenchments are ‘irrational’

Political interference mounts over SABC retrenchments

The SABC says it needs to cut R700-million to survive. But senior politicians have allegedly interfered to stop retrenchments from proceeding

SABC staff ready to join picket line

The national broadcaster has rejected claims that it did not follow correct retrenchment and audit processes

SABC plans to retrench 600 employees

Broadcaster cites “poor sales effectiveness, ineffective commercial product, old pricing models and inadequate technology infrastructure” as driving cuts
Advertising

Subscribers only

FNB dragged into bribery claims

Allegations of bribery against the bank’s chief executive, Jacques Celliers, thrown up in a separate court case

Dozens of birds and bats perish in extreme heat in...

In a single day, temperatures in northern KwaZulu-Natal climbed to a lethal 45°C, causing a mass die-off of birds and bats

More top stories

Blast rocks Durban’s Engen refinery

Residents are being evacuated as firefighters battle to control the blaze

ConCourt asked to rule that Zuma must testify for 10...

It is Zondo's legal end game and will leave the former president, his supporters and those implicated in state capture to increasingly play fast and loose at imputing political motive to the commission

Carlos on Oozymandias’ goodbye grift

"Look on my works ye Mighty, and gimme 50 bucks!"

This is how the SIU catches crooks

Athandiwe Saba talked to the Special Investigating Unit’s Andy Mothibi about its caseload, including 1 000 Covid contracts
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…