The Portfolio Committee on Communications has shortlisted the 12 candidates who will be interviewed to fill the four Board vacancies at the SABC .African News Agency (ANA Archives)
CAPE TOWN - The Portfolio Committee on Communications has shortlisted the 12 candidates who will be interviewed to fill the four Board vacancies at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). 

They will be interviewed on the  30th October 2018.

Their names are Kevan Jones, Adv Motshedi Lekalakala, Thabo Leshile, Diliza Madikiza, Unathi Magwentshu, Vuyokazi Makhubalo, Adv Methews Mofokeng, Bernedette Muthien, Mergan Naidoo, Thozama Nene, Michael Nurick and Jasmina Patel. 

Eighty applications and nominations from members of the public were received.

The Chairperson of the committee, Humphrey Maxegwana, expressed confidence in the shortlisted candidates, saying that the SABC needs skills in finance, human resources, and corporate governance. 

“We are happy that five of the candidates are qualified women who are fairly young. The profiles of all candidates are published on Parliament website for public comment,” said Maxegwana.

A NEW TURN

Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said the SABC remained committed to implementing its turnaround strategy in order to turn the corner and stabilise the company.

“In the presentation, there would be an attempt to indicate some of the things that have been put together but in the work that has been identified, one is the commitment to reposition the SABC.

“Secondly, to put a multi-pronged turnaround strategy that does not only look at the SABC of its past glory, but also the SABC of the future that would also be adapting to opportunities of the fourth industrial revolution to the issues around content and contributing towards nation building and social cohesion, the issues around leadership,” said Mokonyane.

She said that while the public broadcaster did not have permanent senior managers, such as the Group chief executive and a chief financial officer, among others, during the year under review, the current team resembled a top management structure that is stabilising and ready to execute its mandate.

SABC Board chairperson Bongumusa Makhathini said the public broadcaster’s turnaround strategy mainly addresses three key areas, legacy governance issues; addressing regulatory and policy issues dealing with issues like sports rights.

“The team is hard at work [to implement] … that,” he said.

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