SOS Coalition: SOS Welcomes Parliament’s Decision to Extend the Deadline for Nominations to the SABC Board

The SOS Coalition welcomes Parliament’s decision to extend the deadline for nominations to 6 December 2010. This will allow Parliament to hold its hearing with the SABC Board on 23 November. The Coalition is hopeful that at this hearing Parliament will finally be able to deal with the various corporate governance breaches that have taken place at the SABC. If the various oversight and governance structures including Parliament and the SABC Board are prepared to commit to good corporate governance  and implementing mechanisms of accountability going forward, this will significantly assist in encouraging experienced people with integrity and commitment to stand for the SABC Board.

There is one further important issue that needs to be considered - we need to carefully look at the gaps in terms of representivity that have been created by the present resignations. As the Broadcasting Act presently states the members of the Board when viewed collectively need to “represent a broad cross-section of the population of the Republic” and need to collectively have a range of skills in broadcasting policy and technology, broadcasting regulation, media law and so forth. As civil society we need to analyse what the gaps are and nominate accordingly. It is also most important that the Portfolio Committee does an analysis of this situation so that the appointment process takes this into consideration.

For more information:

Kate Skinner
SOS Coordinator
082 926 6404

Patrick Craven
Spokesperson
Cosatu
082 821 7456

Matankana Mothapo
Spokesperson
Communications Workers Union
082 759 0900

Oupa Lebogo
General Secretary
Creative Workers Union
084 511 8763

William Bird
Director
Media Monitoring Africa
082 887 1370

Faiza Smith
Director
Misa-SA
076 995 9513

Hannes du Buisson
General Secretary
Bemawu
082 920 8669     

Kgomotso Matsunyane and Feizel Mamdoo
Co-Chairs
South African Screen Federation
082 901 2000

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Date published: 
Thursday, 18 November, 2010
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