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Motlanthe Names Interim SABC Board

Acting President Kgalema Motlanthe has appointed the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) interim board for a period of six months.

In a press statement, the Presidency expressed its confidence in the capabilities of the new interim board members and in the interim board as a collective.

Members of the new board are Irene Charnley (chairperson), Philip Frederick Mtimkulu (deputy chairperson), Libby Lloyd, Leslie Kgopotso Sedibe, Suzanne Vos, Gab Mampone, Robin Nicholson, and Charlotte Mampane.

Search New SABC Board Begins

Parliament's portfolio committee on communications has invited the public to make nominations for the new South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board members.

In a press statement, the committee chairperson Ismail Vadi says the call is the beginning of a search for a new board to steer the public broadcaster out of its current problems. Nominations can be made on or before 31 July 2009.

SABC Cleared Over Blacklisting Controversy

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is off the hook following a complaint by the Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) to an Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) committee over its blacklisting controversy.

ICASA’s Complaints and Compliance Committee (CCC) ruled it had no jurisdiction over the public broadcaster's journalistic independence and internal functions.

SABC Crisis a Concern for Zuma

The current state of the South African Broadcasting Corporation is cause for concern. This is according to President Jacob Zuma.

Speaking at a media awards ceremony in Durban over the weekend, Zuma stated that, "We will play our role and will act quickly when called upon to do so, to take the process forward, once Parliament concludes its processes."

Zuma’s comments came in the wake of the national broadcaster posting a financial loss of R839 million for the 2008/09 financial year and reports of financial mismanagement.

Mkonza Blames Zuma for SABC Crisis

Former South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Board chairperson, Kanyi Mkonza, says that President Jacob Zuma’s “indifference” is to blame for the public broadcaster’s woes.

Mkonza, who had a day earlier admitted that she “sucked as a leader”, pointed out that Zuma has failed to show leadership and ought to have said whether he wanted the board to stay or not.

Burger Comments on SABC Crisis, Broadband & Digital Migration

Right now the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is hogging bandwidth about priorities for the new Minister of Communications, Siphiwe Nyanda. This is according to Professor Guy Burger.

Burger is of the view that Nyanda should tell the Treasury whether he backs the broadcaster’s R2 billion bailout.

He further states that, “But he'll also need to look at two other causes putting pressure on the public purse. These are: promoting broadband Internet, and dealing with digital migration.”

SABC on Brink of Collapse

Massive debts and a spate of top-level resignations have pushed the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to near-collapse, threatening a network once styled as the voice of the country's democracy.

This is according to SABC Board member, Alison Gillwald.

"If the board does not function, the SABC does not function. The legal constraints and protection of its own statutes (mean) that if the board does not meet, the SABC literally grinds to a halt," Gillwald says.

Interim SABC Board Chair Resigns

Acting South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board chairperson, Ashwin Trikamje, has resigned.

Trikamjee was appointed as the interim SABC board chairperson after Kanyisile Mkhonza’s resignation earlier this month.

Parliament’s communications chairperson, Ishmael Vadi, earlier questioned the appointment of Trikamjee as interim chairperson, saying that only President Jacob Zuma could appoint the interim SABC board chairperson.

SABC to Get Interim Board – Nyanda

Newly appointed Minister of Communications (DoC), Siphiwe Nyanda, says an interim board for the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) could be established within a week.

Nyanda points out, "As we face this crisis, we are looking upon Parliamentary process to help pass a motion that will dissolve the current board... the President will then appoint an interim board."

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