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Three SABC Board Members Resign

Three South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Board members, former presidential spokesperson, Bheki Khumalo, Andile Mbeki and Desmond Golding, have resigned with immediate effect.

In a joint press statement, they point out that, "We are mindful of the enormity of the challenges that are currently facing the SABC.”

The states that, "We are of the firm view that it is in the public interest to resign.

Calls to Appoint New SABC Board

The TV Industry Emergency Coalition (TVEC) has called on the government to immediately appoint a new ‘legally constituted (SABC) board’.

In an open letter to the South African public issued after the removal of Kanyi Mkonza as board chairman by her colleagues, the coalition says the entire current board should step down to pave the way for parliament to appoint a new independent board.

TVIEC to March Against the SABC

Press Release
 
28 May 2009

The television industry is forging ahead with its planned protest action against the SABC on 4 June 2009. The response to the TVIEC’s call for companies and individuals to join us has been well received and our numbers are growing. Many unions, actors and musicians are on board and now we are putting out a call to the public to get involved too.

SABC Dumps Zikalala

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is not renewing the contract of its news chief Snuki Zikalala, when it expires this week.

SABC board chairperson Kanyi Mkhonza points out that the corporation felt it is time to hand over the baton (to someone other than Zikalala) who can bring fresh ideas to the broadcaster.

The public broadcaster’s parting of ways with Zikalala comes in the wake of calls by the African National Congress and its youth wing for the SABC to look for a new news boss.

SABC Board Chairperson Urged to Resign

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Board has passed a vote of no confidence against its chairperson, Kanyisiwe Mkhonza.

Some board members have asked Mkhonza to resign after she was accused of being at the centre of the controversies that have pushed the SABC to the brink of collapse.

"Board members met two weeks ago to tell her that they think she should go, in the interests of ensuring (that) the organisation is able to rise from the crisis," says one board member.

Communications Minister Dies

The Presidency has announced that Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri has died of natural causes.

“Matsepe-Casaburri, who hadn’t been well in the last couple of months, died at a Pretoria hospital. She was 71,” said spokesperson Thabo Masebe. Matsepe-Casaburri was admitted to the hospital about three weeks ago.

Children and the media: what do political parties say?

According to figures from the Stats SA website – you should go there – it offers really cool ways to play with population data) based on their 2008 mid-year population estimate, children account for between 39% and 43% of South Africa’s population.

That seems quite a lot. Seriously. Zambia has more: 52% of Zambia’s population are children - incredible! If we look at the news, we certainly wouldn’t have any idea that children make up such a huge chunk of the population.

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