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.
On 10 June 2008 a significant grouping of NGOs, civil society organisations, trade unions, academics and journalists met to discuss the crisis at the SABC. At the end of the meeting a decision was taken to form a civil society coalition that would help to resolve some of the problems.
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:
To amend the Broadcasting Act, 1999, so as to substitute the definition of "appointing body"; to provide for the removal of a member of the Board from office and for the resignation of a member; to make provision for a resolution of the National Assembly calling for the removal of a member and for the dissolution of the Board; to provide for the appointment of an interim board; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
SANGONeT and MobileActive.org invite you to participate in MobileActive08.
MobileActive08 is the only global gathering that is connecting leaders who are working at the convergence of civil society, mobile technology and social change. Convened by SANGONeT and MobileActive.org, MobileActive08 will take place from 13-15 October 2008 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Formed as a response to the crisis facing the SABC, the ‘Save our SABC’ campaign is part of the activities of a civil society coalition established in June 2008 to help resolve the crisis.
Meeting Their Mandates: A Critical Analysis of the South African Media Statutory Bodies is a 260-page book that that presents research reports into the performance of the Independent Communication Authority of South Africa (ICASA), the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA), as well as the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA).