The National Assembly’s Portfolio Committee on Communications has invited institutions and members of the public to nominate persons who will fill eight vacancies of non-executive members to the Board of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).
The SABC board recently experienced mass resignations after the new Minister of Communications Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams “freezed” the retrenchments in the public broadcaster. The aggrieved board members viewed this as interference with the independence of the board and opted to resign.
It is believed that members of the public from so-called rural provinces such as Northern Cape do not apply to serve on the board of public entities. The reasons remain speculative, but it would seem that previous appointments were mainly based on patronage. Nominees, who are shortlisted for the SABC board, will be interviewed most probably on live television by the Portfolio Committee on Communications.
“Members of the board, when viewed collectively, must be persons who are suited to serve on the board by virtue of, among other things, qualifications; expertise and experience in the field of broadcasting policy and technology, media law, broadcasting regulation, business practice and finance, journalism, marketing, and are South African citizens or permanent residents in the Republic,” said Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize, chairperson of the portfolio committee.
Nominations and enquiries may be addressed to the committee Secretary, Mr Thembinkosi Ngoma, 3rd Floor, 90 Plein Street, Cape Town 8000 or emailed to email@example.com or faxed to 086 522 5740. Telephone enquiries can be made to 021 403 3733.
According to Parliament the closing date for nominations is Friday, 21 December 2018 and candidates who applied previously need not re-apply as their nominations will be considered.