Johannesburg – The somewhat embattled state entity, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), is on its way to receiving a new board.
The recommended candidates include: Dr Renee Horne, advocate Tseliso Thipanyane, Khathutshelo Ramukumba, Professor Franz Krüger, Nomvuyiso Batyi, Phathiswa Magopeni, Aifheli Makhwanya, Magdalene Moonsamy, Rearabetsoe Motaung, David Maimela, Dinkwanyane Mohuba, and Mpho Tsedu.
The National Assembly (NA) has approved the recommended candidates in the portfolio committee on communications and digital technologies’ report on the filling of 12 non-executive board vacancies, following the expiry of the term of the previous SABC board on October 15, 2022.
Parliament said in a statement that the process of filling the vacancies follows a letter dated June 13, 2022, received from the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, informing the National Assembly of the impending expiry of the current SABC Board of Directors’ term of office on October 15, 2022.
“The committee undertook an extensive public consultation process, which included the publishing of an advertisement in the media calling for nominations for appointments to constitute the SABC board. The advertisement was published in all 11 South African official languages in national, regional, and community newspapers.
“A total of 120 nominations were received, including names that appeared more than once, due to some individuals being nominated by different people and/or organisations. In its report to the NA, the committee recommended 12 candidates based on their performance during the interview process,” according to Parliament.
“The report further states that the committee made a decision to select three additional names to serve as a reserve pool to cater for any eventuality, given the period it has taken to complete the process.”
The confirmed names in the pool include: Zolani Matthews, Palesa Kadi, and Quentin Green. The candidates’ names will be sent to the president for his consideration and appointment,” the statement said.