The struggling public broadcaster may soon be functional at the governance level, if the parliament’s Communications Portfolio Committee manages to finalise the interview process and recommends 8 candidates to fill the vacancies on the board. The board members resigned en masse last year which left the public broadcaster in limbo as it did not have members to form a quorum and therefore could not take important decisions.
According to parliament about 267 nominations were received, which underwent a vigorous process that resulted in the 24 shortlisted names. Interviews will be conducted during this week and the recommended names will be submitted to the National Assembly. The shortlisted candidates are: Mr Gift Buthelezi, Adv Motshedi Benjamin Lekalakala, Mr Nkosana Mbokana, Mr Methews Mofokeng, Ms Mamodupi Mohlala-Molaudzi, Ms Bernedette Muthien, Ms Jasmina Patel, Adv Nakedi Ribane, Dr Marcia Scikwa, Mr Siphile Buthelezi, Prof Sathasivan Cooper, Mr David Maimela, Mr Mpiyakhe Mkholo, Adv Lufuno Novondwe, Ms Mary Papaya, Chief Luvhuwani Matsila, Mr Sembie Danana, Mr Itani Tseisi, Mr Rowan Nicholls, Mr Mfanozelwe Shozi, Ms Nokuzola Ehrens, Ms Mmabatho Ramagoshi, Mr Wiliam Malema Ramoshaba, and Ms Lulama Mokhobo.
President Ramaphosa will finally be responsible for the appointment of the board members after the National Assembly has adopted the recommended names.